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Monday, February 16, 1998

Due to coverage of the Olympics, Guiding Light was not shown.

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Tuesday, February 17

Michelle and Dan go to Jesse's so that Michelle can apologize for not speaking to him at the hospital. When they get there, Dan sees Jesse kissing Drew. Michelle hears Drew and Jesse in the throes of passion and frantically asks Dan to get her out of there. As they leave, Michelle drops her silver bracelet. Dan takes Michelle to the lighthouse and she recalls the good times with Jesse at the lighthouse because it was their special place. She informs Dan that the night she lost her eyesight was the night that she and Jesse had planned to elope. He comforts her, as she becomes emotionally upset. After tearing up a poem Jesse had written for her, Michelle asks Dan to take her back to the institute. "My life here [in Springfield] is over."

As Jesse prepares to have sex with Drew, he imagines Michelle is there. Before they can go on, Drew tells Jesse that she likes him and wants more than just sex; she wants him to make love to her. She tells him that it can't go further unless he tells her that he wants to be with her and not Michelle. Jesse can't, so Drew leaves. Jesse tries to stop her, but she tells him that she will not be "Michelle's stand-in." As Jesse runs after Drew, he finds Michelle's bracelet in the alley.

Vanessa wakes up from her coma and is welcomed back by her loved ones. Ed brings in baby Maureen's incubator, and Vanessa opens it despite the doctors' warnings. She insists that the baby will die without her. As she touches baby Maureen, Vanessa tells her to feel her love; with it she can survive. Dinah rejoices at her mother's recovery and takes this opportunity to get close to Hart, unsuccessfully. After the doctors take the baby back, they check her vital signs and find that she is stronger. Meanwhile Billy stops by to welcome Vanessa back.

Rob Layne comes to the house and meets Cassie and Rusty, who are extremely upset at him for coming back to see Tammy; he informs Cassie that he was released from the halfway house on good behavior. Cassie berates Rob after he insists that he loves her and Tammy and wants them back. "Because of you, I almost lost Tammy; that's why I divorced you," she says. Rob thinks that Cassie still loves him, but she makes it clear that she will have Rusty arrest him if he doesn't leave. When Rob makes a remark about Cassie's good fortune in being part of rich family, she realizes his game. She asks him how much it's going to cost to make him go away. He assures her that he just wants his family back. Soon after, Hart comes back from the hospital and tells Cassie that Vanessa and the baby are recovering. Cassie then tells Rob to leave. Before he leaves, he gets a hug from his daughter, much to Cassie's chagrin. Once outside, Rob calls Dinah and tells her that he is in Springfield.

Josh and Reva discuss Annie. When Alan comes to The Cedars, they accuse him of helping Annie escape from Springfield. Alan denies these accusations, saying that the only thing he is guilty of is having loved Annie. Josh and Reva tell Alan that he only wanted to "possess" Annie and that he is the reason she became what she is. After they leave, Alan recalls his life with Annie. He remembers the first time they kissed, and the time he showed her "Simply Annie." Afterwards, he says out loud that he loved Annie and leaves. As he steps on the elevator, someone watches him from behind some plants.

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Wednesday, February 18

Ross meets with Abby and Rick at The Cedars and informs them that Ben Warren has a new offer. If Abby admits guilt to manslaughter there will be no trial. Then, she will only have to serve 3 - 5 years. Ross advises them to fight back, because this new plea bargain means that Ben is running scared. Ross is positive that he has the tape from WSPR, and since it shows Abby's innocence he's trying to pull a last ditch effort. However, Rick is concerned that the tape may not be presented at the trial. After much discussion, Ross leaves Rick and Abby to decide what to do. Rick and Abby argue some more regarding her plans for the trial. Finally, Abby tells Rick that she will go ahead and take the plea bargain.

Ben stops by Blake's and tells her that he likes her, once again. Blake tells him that he's only trying to use her to infuriate Ross. After their brief spat, Ben leaves. Later, Blake falls asleep on the sofa and has a pretty crazy dream. In it, Ross comes home and passionately kisses Blake, while Ben looms over them telling her that she shouldn't waste her time with Ross. "One night with me and you'll be mine," he says. Blake wakes up from her dream quite distressed. When Ross comes home, she begs him to make love to her. However, she's still upset about her dream.

Josh and Reva arrive at Lewis Oil discussing Annie (again!). After Josh goes into his office, Reva talks to a distressed Cassie, who is sitting at her desk sharpening pencils. Cassie tells Reva that her vacation with Hart was cut off by Vanessa's complications at the hospital; she also tells her that Rob came back last night. Reva is upset to hear about low-life Rob coming back. They get into a discussion about how Cassie met and married Rob. She said that the only reason she married him was for Tammy to have a father. During their discussion, Michael stops by to see Josh. After they go into his office, Reva tells Cassie about her fear of Annie's return. Going back to the subject of Rob, Cassie declares that all Rob wants is money. She tells Reva about Rob's passion for horse races. So, she gives Cassie a $10,000 check with which to drive Rob out of town. Cassie reluctantly agrees and takes the check. She goes to the Bonaire Motel, where Rob is staying.

Josh and Michael discuss a project that Michael had been working on during his tenure at Spaulding Enterprises. Michael says that in the right hands, his secret project could "help humanity." In the wrong hands, it could be extremely dangerous. He explains to Josh that his research had begun when a woman he cared about was dying; when he met Vanessa, he resumed his research. He continues by telling him that he only worked at Spaulding Enterprises to be able to use their lab. But he needs to get out of Spaulding before Alan finds out what he's doing, for he could use it the wrong way. So, Michael asks Josh to back his research. Josh agrees to look at the papers some other time, and Michael leaves.

Dinah arrives at her apartment to find beer bottles all over her bedroom. Rob then steps out and tells Dinah that he's on to her little game. He has deduced that Dinah wants Cassie and Hart apart. Dinah angrily asks Rob to leave, but he obnoxiously refuses. They sit down and discuss the situation calmly. Rob wants to make Cassie think he has really changed. Dinah agrees, but tells him that she will call the shots; she also makes it clear that no one can find out that they know each other. As she is shooing Rob out of the apartment, he takes her gold lighter. At the same time, Deborah stops by to talk to Dinah. She informs her that Annie cannot be found anywhere. Dinah assures her that they haven't seen the last of Annie.

When Cassie arrives at Rob's room, she gives him the check and tells him to leave. Once again, Rob assures her that he does not want her money and burns the check! Rob chides Cassie for bribing her; all he wants is to get his life back together and to be able to his daughter. While arguing, Cassie and Rob fall into a very compromising position.

After Wanda leaves the offices at Lewis Oil, Reva is left alone. The lights begin to flicker and eventually they die down. Upset, Reva tries to leave the office but finds that the door is locked. She rushes to her desk and pulls out her gun. Just then, someone unlocks the door from the outside.

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Thursday, February 19, 1998

Rick sits in a bar drinking with Phillip over Abby's decision to accept the plea bargain. He tells Phillip he hired Harley to help investigate Abby's case and learns that Phillip and Harley have broken up. They compare notes on how stubborn women are and how much in love they each are.

Harley visits Abby to ask some questions about the case, where she learns that Abby has decided to accept the plea bargain offered by Ben Warren. Harley points out how hard time in jail will forever change Abby, and pleads with her to reconsider the fight. Harley points out that jail time will cause Abby to lose Rick, and partially succeeds: Abby agrees to think about allowing Harley to work on finding the tape so she won't have to accept the plea bargain. On her way out, she runs smack into Phillip, who has given Rick a ride home from the bar. They begin to briefly rehash their old argument over Beth, but this time Harley nips it in the bud and walks away.

Rob tries to keep Cassie from leaving his hotel room, reminding her of how hot they once were together. She stresses again that she wants him out of her life. He accuses her of being with Hart for his money and assures her he'll never hurt her or Tammy again. Cassie tells Rob she knows he didn't come to Springfield to be father-of-the-year. She asks him again what he wants from her, and he sticks to his story about being a changed man who wants to be with his daughter. When Cassie tries to walk out, Rob grabs her, making her scream. Hart hears this from the hall outside and bursts through the door, knocking Rob down. But...even though he has saved Cassie, she isn't grateful. She tells him she didn't need his help and plans to go home by herself and take a hot bath. Once she leaves, however, Hart goes back to Rob's hotel room and threatens him to keep away from Cassie!

Reva pulls out her gun when the lights go out at Lewis Oil. Hart comes in and has to wrestle the gun from her. Josh walks in and asks her to give him the gun. She says, "not until they find Annie." She admits that her fear of Annie has gotten out of hand though. Hart learns from Wanda that Cassie went to see Rob Layne and goes after her.

Jesse looks at Michelle's ID bracelet (that he found outside his apartment) and remembers the time they made love. He tells Buzz why he didn't see Michelle during her trip to Springfield and how she found him with Drew (who he was only with to try to forget about Michelle). Drew comes into the diner just then and tells Jesse she was wrong the night before and owes him another chance. She invites him to a concert and he only agrees if she will acknowledge that he cannot become involved with her. Buzz gives Jesse a challenge: if you're really over Michelle, then toss her bracelet and go on with your life. At first, Jesse says, "You're right. Michelle's gone. Drew's here. Life's short," and tosses the bracelet in the trash. A minute later, though, he is back to pick it up.

At show's end: Josh and Reva profess their love for one another, and Josh has the idea to go someplace where they can spend time together alone. He excuses himself from the office for a moment, and while Reva waits for him to return, Annie pops out of a closet and stabs her in the shoulder with a hypodermic needle. "I told you I'd be back," she says, "and I always keep my promise. I've finally got you!"

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Friday, February 20
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Realizing that she has been spending too much time blaming Phillip for the mess they are in, Harley convinces a reluctant Jenna that they must don their detecting hats and investigate Beth. While Jenna distracts a nurse, Harley secretly prints out Beth's medical records. Reva's worst fears are realized when Annie sneaks into the Lewis Oil offices and stabs her with a needle to knock her out, boasting all the time that she's keeping her promise. Josh is worried when he cannot find Reva anywhere at the office. He's unaware that Annie has kidnaped her and taken her up in a single engine airplane. Reva comes to and tries to convince her captor to turn herself in and get the help that she needs. Annie laughs and guesses that Reva must think she is crazy to be doing this. Videotaping the entire deranged episode, Annie then calls Josh on her cell phone and tries to force Reva to say a few words to assure Josh who she has grabbed. Instead, a fight ensues but Annie gets the upperhand again. Josh screams for her to release Reva and let her go while Annie takes great pleasure in hearing him beg for her help. She forces him to confess that he loves her and then orders him to meet her in the Florida Keys. Beth is upset each time Lillian tries to convince her to see the reality of her relationship with Phillip. She's furious when her mother arranges for her to be questioned by a psychiatrist. When Rick refuses to make love to her, Abby is caught off guard when Rick takes her to a minister's house and asks her to marry him tonight. She finally agrees.

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