Sunset Beach Timeline -- April 1998

 

April 1, 1998

Baby Switch

When Cole tells Annie about Olivia's suicide attempt, Annie has an attack of conscience. In an effort to find a faux biological mother for Trey, Annie tells Antonio that she'd like to become a mentor to an underprivileged teenager, and Antonio agrees to set her up with teenagers. When Gregory tries to convince Caitlin to move back into the family home with Cole and Trey, Caitlin tells him that they have an apartment reserved at a new complex. Annie interviews potential faux biological mothers, to no avail. Sean calls Annie and threatens to tell Caitlin about his suspicions that Olivia is Trey's biological mother.

Martin's Syndrome

Vanessa is examined by Dr. Estrada

Dr. Estrada tells Vanessa that there's a new test to detect Martin's Syndrome in the early stages.

 

April 2, 1998

Gabi & Antonio

While helping him move into Surf Central, Gabi finds an unusual figurine in Antonio's things.

Martin's Syndrome

When Vanessa tells Dr. Estrada that she doesn't want Tyus to work on her case, she agrees to keep Vanessa's identity a secret from Tyus.

Ben/Derek

Derek shows Meg a video camera that he just bought. Derek tapes Meg talking about her relationship with Ben and then he videotapes them kissing. Derek says that the videocamera is broken, and leaves to get the videocamera "fixed." Casey goes by the warehouse district. He sees Derek walk into his lair, and pounds on the door, calling for Ben.

 

April 3, 1998

Martin's Syndrome

Virginia finds the appointment card that Dr. Estrada gave to Vanessa with the appointment for her Martin's Syndrome test.

Ben/Derek

Derek lets Casey in. When Casey says that he's going to go back to the party at Surf Central, Derek asks where on the beach the party is. When Casey tells Meg about how Derek didn't recognize Surf Central's name, they decide to go and check out the warehouse where Casey saw Derek. Derek teases Ben with a hologram he created from the videotape of Meg and then he threatens that he'll kill Meg if Ben won't give him the passwords for his financial records. After Derek leaves, Casey and Meg arrive and consider breaking the door down.

 

April 6, 1998

Ben/Derek

Thinking he's Ben, Hank and Joan tell Derek that Casey and Meg left together. Derek tells Meg that he bought the warehouse to convert it into a home for him and Meg. Ben knocks on a pipe, and Derek explains that the knocking sound is caused by old plumbing. When Meg asks Derek about his childhood, Derek tells her that he always felt undervalued as a child. Meg asks if that's why Ben works so hard, and then tells him that she loves him for who he is, not for what he's done.

Martin's Syndrome

Dr. Estrada tells Tyus that her patient wants to remain anonymous. While reading her file, Tyus realizes that the mystery patient is Vanessa.

Eddie's Depature

When a thug demands that Eddie pay some money that he owes from gambling debts, Eddie decides to get the money he needs from Derek.

 

April 7, 1998

Baby Switch

Caitlin and Cole lose the apartment they were waiting for. Caitlin asks Gregory if he had anything to do with their losing their apartment, but he dodges her question, and calls the office at the complex, supposedly to make them reinstate the lease. Annie's last chance for a fake biological mother arrives, and she's black. Annie tells Sean that Stephanie is a friend of the biological mother who was sent to tell Annie and Sean that the biological mother doesn't want to be contacted, but Sean doesn't buy it. Annie decides to hire an actress to pretend to be Trey's biological mother.

Ben/Derek

Eddie tries to blackmail Derek for the money to pay his gambling debts by telling Meg that he's trying to figure out who broke into Ben's safe.

 

April 8, 1998

Martin's Syndrome

Vanessa takes the Martin's Syndrome test. Virginia decides to substitute cells from Lena's arm for the cells from Vanessa's.

Baby Switch


Tess, the actress that Annie hired to pretend to be Trey's biological mother meets with Annie and Sean. While Sean is talking to her, Annie sees her on a talk show about women who'll do anything for money.

April 9, 1998

Ben/Derek

Derek gives Eddie a briefcase which contains only a fraction of the money that Derek had promised him. Meg tells Casey about overhearing Derek promising to give Eddie what he wants. Casey goes to the Java Web looking for Ben, but goes to Eddie when he sees him. Eddie tells Casey that he got the money from "Ben." Derek tells Ben that he intends to take over Ben's life, as soon as he gets the passwords he needs.

Baby Switch

Sean sees "her" on the talk show, but it turns out he's talking about seeing Amy in the audience. Just as Annie's about to get rid of Tess, Caitlin, Cole and Trey arrive. Tess realizes that Trey is the baby that she supposedly gave birth to, and so she gets appropriately weepy at the sight of him. When Eddie sees Annie with Cole and Caitlin, he figures out that she's after Gregory.

Martin's Syndrome

Virginia gets the skin sample from Lena. Tyus engages Vanessa in conversation, and then he reveals that he knows about her rash.

 

April 10, 1998

Martin's Syndrome

Tyus tells Vanessa that she shouldn't make any decisions about her future until she finds out for sure if she has Martin's Syndrome.

Ben/Derek

Derek verbally attacks Meg when she tells him that she knows that he gave money to Eddie. Derek finally admits that he has been lying to Meg and tells her that he wants to take her to the warehouse to talk. Hank gets a phone call telling him that they lost the farm.

Ricardo & Gabi

Ricardo asks Gabi out on a date.

 

April 13, 1998

Martin's Syndrome

Virginia calls to make an appointment to see Tyus, but she really wants to switch Petri dishes.

Ben/Derek

When Meg presses Derek to tell her why he avoided telling her the truth, he tells her it was because he wasn't sure how to tell her that the goblets he got her for a wedding present got broken. When Meg tells Derek that she loves him (Ben) for who he is, not for what he can give her, he (Derek) says that no one ever loved him for who he was before. Casey arrives to take Meg home and Meg tells Casey Derek's story. Hank and Joan tell Meg that they've lost the farm.

 

April 14, 1998

Baby Switch

Annie & Gregory


Annie realizes that her real competition for Gregory's affections isn't Olivia, it's Trey. Annie tries to convince Caitlin not to move in with Gregory by asking her what would happen if Gregory found out that Trey isn't really his grandson.

Martin's Syndrome

When Vanessa tells Tyus that she doesn't want Michael to find out how ugly she's going to become, he tells her that he thinks that she's beautiful. Tyus walks in on her while Virginia's switching the Petri dishes, and she gets the two dishes confused.

 

April 15, 1998

Ben/Derek

When Eddie walks in on Derek thumbing through a stack of money, he takes the money from Derek and says that he'll cancel the debt that Derek owes him. Meg reminisces about the farm, and she doesn't notice that Derek doesn't respond appropriately. Meg startles Derek by asking if his (Ben's) brother is coming to the wedding. Derek tells Meg that his brother is dead. Derek tells Meg that he wants to join their bank accounts. When he tells Meg that she needs to sign the application and write down the password, she gets all huffy because Ben never told her the password.

Baby Switch

Gregory and Annie kiss, but Gregory stops because he wants to know what Annie's really after. Annie tells Gregory that her interest in him was politically motivated at first, but that she has really grown to care about him. When Annie asks Gregory how he feels about her, he dodges the question.

Cole's Hair

Cole is held at gunpoint by the thug who stole a lock of his hair. Cole gets the gun away from the thug, and demands to know who hired him. The thug tells Cole that he doesn't know who hired him, but that he was instructed to mail a hair sample to P.O. Box 334. After he sees that no name is given on the list, Cole rents P.O. Box 335. Under the guise of checking the key to Box 335, Cole picks the lock on Box 334, which is empty. Cole hides when Gregory comes into the store.

 

April 16, 1998

Gabi & Ricardo

Gabi is uncomfortable when one of the police officers recognizes her and asks her if she's out with anyone he knows. Gabi admits that she's uncomfortable going out with Ricardo, and he reassures her that people are always uncomfortable on first dates. When Gabi comes back from her date, she has a flashback of her father raping her.

Ben/Derek

Meg suggests that it would be faster to join their accounts on-line, and asks Derek for the password. Derek tells Meg that the password isn't important, and he wants to open a new joint account with Meg. Derek tries to fantasize about killing Meg while Ben watches, but he can't do it, even in his fantasies. While he's using binoculars to see what Derek's up to, Eddie is approached by Hank and Joan. When Meg meets her parents, Eddie warns her to watch out for Derek. Eddie tails Derek to his lair. Derek gets angry with Ben for not telling him that Meg doesn't know the password.

Cole's Hair

Cole tells Gregory about the hair sample that was stolen from him. Gregory tells Cole that he didn't hire the guy to steal a lock of his hair. A technician is performing some sort of test on Cole's hair when someone calls. The technician says that the hair is just what they need.

 

April 17, 1998

Martin's Syndrome

Tyus calls with the test results. Vanessa tells Michael that she has to go out on a breaking story and she doesn't know if -- er, when, she'll be back. Virginia finds the test results on Tyus's desk. She opens the file, but can't make heads or tails out of the report.

Ben/Derek

An employee tells Meg that not only hasn't Ben been around much, but that the employees haven't gotten their paychecks yet. Derek explains that he intends to marry Meg and then kill Ben. When Ben is reported dead, the bank will release all of its information to Meg. Later, Derek will return from the dead and claim all of Ben's property. Eddie picks the lock on the main door, and hears Ben in the back room. Eddie breaks into the back room and finds Ben. When Casey starts talking about things that have happened to Meg since her arrival in town, Derek reveals that he didn't know that Ben was in the cave-in with Meg.

 

April 20, 1998

Martin's Syndrome

When Tyus tells Vanessa that the tests came back positive, Vanessa decides to leave town, despite Tyus' plea to not make any decisions until after she's spoken to Dr. Estrada. Tyus begins researching Martin's Syndrome, particularly trying to find out why Vanessa's "Martin's Syndrome" showed up so suddenly. While Vanessa's in the process of having a temper tantrum, she spills the bottle of lotion. Michael goes shopping for an engagement ring for Vanessa.

Ben/Derek

Eddie decides that he's better off with Ben shackled to the wall. After Meg goes to bed, Eddie calls Derek to arrange to meet. After Derek hangs up, Eddie keeps talking into the phone to convince Ben that Meg and Derek have been intimate.

Gabi & Ricardo

Antonio tells Ricardo that he'd better tell Carmen about Gabi being the one who charged him with rape before she finds out from someone else.

 

April 21, 1998

Ben/Derek

While examining Derek, Tyus notices scarring on his retinas that he'd never noticed in the times he examined Ben. Just as Derek's about to leave to meet with Eddie, Meg tells him about a meeting of the Liberty Corporation. When Eddie asks whether Ben is Ben or Derek, Ben tells Eddie that Derek was the Terror Island killer. Ben tries to pry open the handcuffs with a metal bar he finds on the floor. Derek doesn't recognize Bette, and then he causes Gregory and Annie to notice when he doesn't know that Casey is supposed to be at the meeting and then he says that he'd rather have the meeting without Casey. Derek slips again, referring to a person named Sam as "he," when her name is Samantha, and hitting on Annie. Eddie tells Derek that he knows that he's Derek and not Ben.

Martin's Syndrome

Vanessa throws out the bottle of lotion that she spilled. When Vanessa notices that the rash is going away, she calls Tyus, who says that he double-checked her test, and that Vanessa definitely has Martin's Syndrome, even though the rash is going away. After Michael leaves, Jimmy tells Virginia about seeing Vanessa throw out her lotion.

Bette & Eddie

Eddie asks Bette out on a date.

Gregory & Annie

When they're alone in his office, Gregory and Annie kiss again. Bette realizes that Annie's after Gregory, and warns her away from him.

 

April 22, 1998

Gregory & Annie

Annie puts a smudge of Gregory's secretary's lipstick on one of Gregory's spare shirts so that it looks like they're having an affair so that Sean will tell Olivia. Later, Annie makes sure that Sean sees the shirt.

Ben/Derek

Tim's monitor alarm goes off and wakes him up. Tim seems to understand what Tyus says to him, and Meg wastes no time calling Derek to tell him the good news. When Tim sees Derek arrive, he decides to feign brain damage. When Derek threatens to kill Eddie, Eddie tells him that he prepared a letter to be opened upon his death. Derek breaks into Eddie's apartment to find the letter that Eddie wrote to protect himself, but can't find it.

 

April 23, 1998

Gregory & Annie

Annie makes sure that Sean notices that it's Gregory's assistant's lipstick. Sean almost calls Olivia, but he changes his mind, saying that he's not going to be the one who comes between Gregory and Olivia. Annie goes to see Caitlin and overhears Bette and Cole discussing Cole's affair with Olivia.

Martin's Syndrome

Virginia tells Mrs. Moreau that she wants Mrs. Moreau to make a potion that will give Vanessa a rash all over her body, and Mrs. Moreau says that she needs Lena's fingernail clippings. Vanessa decides to visit Lena before telling Michael about the disease. Laverne catches Virginia trying to clip Lena's fingernails and tells Virginia that she knows that Virginia's a fraud.

Michael's Proposal

Michael and Jimmy decide to throw a surprise engagement party for Michael and Vanessa. Michael invites Vanessa the party, insisting that she show up no matter what. Michael finds the perfect engagement ring for Vanessa.

 

April 24, 1998

Martin's Syndrome

Joan asks Vanessa about the dress code for the party, and they strike a deal where Joan will fix the hem on Vanessa's dress if Vanessa will help Joan choose an outfit. Laverne has discovered that Selita Jones is on retired status, and that the hospital can be shut down for allowing a non-certified nurse to treat patients. Virginia finds that she can't get her job back because Laverne told the board about her discovery.

Gregory & Annie

Bette and Cole find Annie outside the door. Bette tells Annie that she can tell that Annie overheard what they were talking about. Cole tries to convince Annie that the affair he had was with Bette.

Baby Switch

When Gregory walks in on Sean and Caitlin discussing Caitlin's miscarriage, Caitlin sends Sean away and then tells Gregory that she knows that he planned to steal her baby and tell her that it was dead.

 

April 27, 1998

Gregory & Annie

Annie says that she doesn't believe that Cole was having an affair with Bette.

Martin's Syndrome

Virginia holding the bottle of potion

Vanessa and Lena have a tearful reunion. After warning her about the price she'd have to pay for it, Mrs. Moreau gives Virginia the potion, telling her that direct exposure to it can be fatal. Jimmy digs around in Virginia's purse and finds the bottle of potion.

 

April 28, 1998

Ben/Derek

Bette gets a package from Eddie containing the letter that Eddie wrote exposing Derek. Bette tells Eddie that she's worried about him, and he tells her that he's going to hit it big and wants Bette to come with him. Then he kisses her. When Derek tells her that he's looking for a letter, Meg holds out an envelope, making Derek think that she's seen the letter from Eddie. However, Meg tells Derek that the envelope is a love letter from her and that the wedding's back on. Derek resumes his plan to deal with Eddie and writes a letter to substitute for the real letter.

Ricardo & Gabi

Ricardo tells Carmen that Gabi is the woman who accused him of raping her, and Carmen tells Ricardo to stop seeing Gabi. Gabi overhears Carmen telling Ricardo that it's a mistake to date her.

Sara

Bette interviews Meg about her wedding plans, including about Meg's sister, Sara, who's an intern for a congressman from California.

Martin's Syndrome


Vanessa sees that it wasn't fair of Lena to shut Vanessa out and she decides that she owes Michael the truth. When she sees that Jimmy spilled the potion on himself, Virginia realizes that Jimmy is the most important thing in the world to her. However, just as Virginia's about to tell him the truth, Vanessa arrives, and Virginia renews her resolve to make Vanessa think she has Martin's Syndrome.

 

April 29, 1998

Gabi & Ricardo

Gabi tells Ricardo that she needs to get over Lorenzo's abuse before they can be together.

Baby Switch
Gregory & Annie

When Annie fails to trick Antonio into telling her the truth about Olivia and Cole, she decides to lure the truth out of Bette with truth serum.

  Bette invites Meg, Joan and Sara, who has recently arrived in Sunset Beach, to go to Tequila Sunset at the Deep, because she had a bet with the mayor, which she lost, and the forfeit was that she had to stand up and sing a solo at the Deep.

Eddie & Bette

Annie says that she thinks that Bette and Eddie are more than friends.

 

April 30, 1998

Ben/Derek

Joan and Sara tell Meg and Derek that they're taking the cast off of Tim's hands.

Sara

A man calls Sara and Joan overhears Sara telling him that no one suspects.

Cole's Hair

Sean tells Cole that Gregory keeps his big secrets in a Chinese puzzle box on his desk. Cole opens the puzzle box and finds old love letters from Olivia and Gregory Jr.'s "death" certificate inside. While he's closing the box, he finds a hidden compartment with a letter from Gregory to the SBPD.

Gregory & Annie

Bette refuses the drink that Annie gives her, preferring hot tea with lemon. Annie distracts Bette and puts the truth serum in her tea. Bette distracts Annie and switches their cups. When Bette asks how her singing was, Annie tells her that she could have sung with more feeling. When Annie admits that she's envious of Meg, she asks Bette why she's being so honest, when she put the truth serum in Bette's drink. When Bette asks Annie why she'd slip her truth serum, Annie says that she needed to hear the truth about Cole and Olivia.

 


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