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Monday, December 23, 2002

Billie takes a lie detector test to prove that Larry set her up and she passes with flying colors. Roman and Kate are pleased that Billie was telling the truth, while Abe learns that Larry had access to codes and information that would have made him look legitimate to Billie. She's exonerated and Abe assures her that she will probably get her badge back. Bo and Hope are upset over this and Hope thinks that even if Billie is telling the truth about Larry, she still has residual feelings for Bo...

Lexie reads the doctored paternity test results and is thrilled to see that Abe is the father of her baby. Brandon hassles Lexie, who is pleased to show him the test results, but he can't accept that Lexie's going back to Abe after all the times he turned his back on her. Meanwhile, Colin blackmails Sami and promises he won't tell anyone that she changed the test results if she does things his way. Then, he blackmails Nicole for $5 million in exchange for keeping the sex tape he made away from Victor. Sami meets up with Brandon and tries to get his mind off of Lexie by inviting him to spend Christmas with her family...

Chloe and Craig keep vigil at Nancy's bedside as she slips further into unconsciousness. Brady goes to Chloe and teaches her how to pray for a miracle, while Craig gasps as Nancy's heart monitor changes...

At Dot Com, Belle tells Mimi that she and Shawn didn't make love last night because the sprinklers went off. They spot Philip, who's an absolute wreck because he's lost Chloe and doesn't know what to do with his life now. He talks to Belle and Mimi, who are both very worried about him. As he leaves, Philip spots something that sparks an idea in him and he rushes off. Meanwhile, Nicole meets with a wedding planner and Victor is amused when Nicole lays into her for bringing cheap samples. Later, Philip calls Victor and Kate together to tell them that he's enlisted in the Marines...

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Tuesday, December 24, 2002
by Joan

At the DiMera Mansion, Belle and& Shawn brought gifts to Cassie & Rex. But they were greeted by sarcastic comments from Cassie about their romantic evening in the dorm. Belle voiced her suspicion about the fire alarm and Cassie's knowledge of them. Cassie was quietly determined that Shawn would be hers by next Christmas.

At the Horton's - Lucas and Will joined Maggie and Mickey, Doug and Julie, Bo, Hope and Zack, and Sami and Brandon. Abby got her wish as Jennifer extended her hand to Jack as an invitation to place their ornaments on the tree together. Upon completing the family decorating tradition, Alice remarked to her deceased husband, "Well Tom, we're all still here and so blessed."

At University Hospital their prayers were answered as Craig, Chloe and Brady watched Nancy regain consciousness. An elated Chloe uttered "Merry Christmas, Mom." Presenting his wife with gift-wrapped proof that he was Chloe's father, Craig brought tears of joy to a stunned Nancy. At the Wesley house, an optimistic Chloe and Brady decorated together, and Brady presented a stocking for her baby sister and the angel - once shared between his parents - to Chloe. She, in turn, gave him a snowglobe reminiscent of their time at the cabin in Colorado.

Nicole was torn between thoughts of Victor destroying Colin and her life being "perfect or ruined or over" because of Colin's blackmailing video. Victor and Kate were upset at Philip's decision to join the Marines, offering to use their connections to exempt him. Determined to honor his commitment, Philip left to join the Brady celebration at the Pub, not telling anyone else about his plans. Kate would join Roman there as well.

Before leaving for the Pub, John & Marlena were surprised by Tony - bearing the gift of the painting of Marlena from the DiMera Island Mansion. Despite John's protests, Marlena was mesmerized by it, and felt relieved that accepting it would keep it away from Tony. As gifts were exchanged at the DiMera Mansion, the Twins delighted Tony with a photo of themselves. Declaring he was head of the house now, Tony surprised Bart with a holiday bonus - something he never received before - as token for Bart's honesty and loyalty. And as toasts were being made around Salem, Tony privately raised his glass to the ORIGINAL painting of Marlena - not the COPY he'd given her - with a toast "To the Future."

(Merry Christmas!)

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Wednesday, December 25, 2002

Bo, Hope, and Shawn celebrate Christmas Day big for Zack because it's his first Christmas as a Brady. Belle joins them and Shawn gives her a gift: a night planned for New Year's Eve at the Salem Inn, where they plan to make love for the first time. Meanwhile, Abe and Lexie share a romantic Christmas together and exchange gifts involving the arrival of their first child. Bo, Hope, Shawn, Belle, and Zack all head over to the Brady Pub to be with the family and Abe and Lexie show up with a gift for Zack. Lexie waits outside, but Hope insists Lexie come in and give the present to Zack herself. It's a huge moment of forgiveness as Hope allows Lexie to see Zack and then Lexie makes the big announcement that she's pregnant... Chloe and Brady wake up under the tree after making love last night. They make love again and then go to the hospital just as Nancy is being released (and still reeling from the news that Chloe is Craig's daughter). At the hospital, Mickey and Maggie are dressed as Santa and Mrs. Claus, while Roman, Colin, Grandpa Shawn, and Caroline help prepare for the party. Mickey has laryngitis and can't read the Christmas story, so Alice stops Chloe on her way out with Brady and her parents and asks her to read it to all the sick children. Jack, Jennifer, and Abby arrive at the party after spending the morning together and later, Colin tells Jennifer that he's thinking about moving back to Ireland. After Chloe and Brady take Nancy home, they make love, while Nancy still has trouble dealing with the fact that she gave up Craig's baby... Philip says good-bye to Victor and Kate, and later tells Belle, Shawn, and Mimi that he's leaving. He gets a chance to see Billie and Lucas before he takes off, as well. Brady and Chloe arrive after Belle called them and Brady has a heart-to-heart with Victor, who is glad Chloe is out of Philip's life and warns his grandson to be careful she doesn't break his heart the way she broke Philip's. Victor promises Philip that he'll take care of Kate; Chloe wishes Philip a fond farewell as he picks up his bag and walks out the door...

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Thursday, December 26, 2002

Colin dreams about Jennifer in bed and of killing Bo.

John and Marlena spend a nice quiet Christmas at home. Shane calls and tells John he is not Stefano's son. Daphne DiMera relates John and Tony; they share her as a mother. Daphne and Philamina Alamain sisters, Daphne gave birth to John a.k.a Forrest and gave him to her married sister Mrs. Alamain. Daphne apparently cheated on Stefano with another man, John believes this is why Stefano has so much hatred for him. The duo share a romantic evening with great past Christmas flashbacks and end the evening in bed.

Bo and Hope share a quiet evening at home as well. They dance to their song "Tonight I Celebrate My Love for You." from a music box Hope thinks she sees Larry in the window, Bo goes to look and finds no one. She tells him maybe it was the neighbor; never revealing she thought it was Larry. They reminisce about their first Christmas as a married couple and the year Bo gave Hope the music box. Bo carries Hope upstairs where their evening as well ends in bed.

Jack and Jennifer exchange one last gift. Hers a Santa Claus figurine, His a Mrs. Claus figurine. They discover their love once more; realizing they don't want to start completely over, just start somewhere. A flashback to the Christmas Jack proposes and the year Jennifer receives her hope chest flood their minds. They kiss, Jack picks up Jennifer to carry her upstairs, but Abby stops them. They tuck her in bed and she asks them to stay with her until she falls asleep. Jennifer lies down beside her and closes her eyes, seemingly very tired. Jack says, "Do you know how much I love you?" to no one in particular, but is definitely to Jennifer. Abby tells him she loves him and so does Jennifer. He kissed them both good night, heads to the door and says "Merry Christmas."

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Friday, December 27, 2002

Colin goes to see Jennifer and catches Jack professing his love to her and kissing her; he leaves before Jack and Jennifer see him. Jennifer heads out and Jack stays behind for Abby. Colin's on the roadside and gets a call from Tony, but delays the meeting because of his rage toward Jack. He pulls a gun from the glove compartment, ready to kill Jack. Jennifer spots Colin (not the gun) and hears his resolve to kill Jack. Colin takes off, with Jennifer in pursuit. Meanwhile, Sami meets with Tony and asks him to protect her from Colin, but when she won't tell him why, he refuses. She goes to Dot Com and runs into Jack, who's confident about getting back together with Jennifer because things won't work with Colin. Jennifer follows Colin to the Salem Inn, where he meets with Tony and explodes when Tony warns him not to lose focus. Jennifer eavesdrops from the corridor and watches Tony leave. As she turns to go, Colin opens the door and catches her; desperate to save Jack, she tries to seduce Colin. Sami enters the corridor, coming to see Colin, and stops in her tracks when she sees Jennifer beg Colin to make love to her...

Nicole is at the Salem Inn to give Colin the $5 million bribe and is almost caught by Victor; she covers that she's there to overcome her fear after being shot and convinces Victor to get a room so they can be together for a while. He complies and in the room, she asks him to draw her a bath. Nicole sneaks the check into her glove just as Victor reenters. While Nicole is in her bath, Victor picks up her glove and finds the check for $5 million to Colin...

Nancy insists Craig explain how he can be Chloe's father, promising not to get upset. Chloe walks in as he reveals he tracked down Sykes and Nancy finally breaks down and tells Chloe that Sykes raped her, but is pleased that he's not Chloe's father - Craig is...

Roman questions Kate about Raymond Grant, but she distracts him by admitting Victor's threats to destroy her and Sami. Sami enters and is furious Kate told, thinking it's her way of winning Roman. Later, Kate meets with Tony and he inquires about the secret bequest. He deduces that Stefano left her a large sum of money and advises her to confide in him, threatening that if she doesn't, he will find out why...

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