Sunset Beach Timeline -- September 1998 

September 2, 1998
Ben & Meg's Wedding
Maria
When she sees the damaged painting, Ben tells Bette that Maria intentionally didn't paint her face on the portrait, because she felt that what was most important was on the inside, and that she painted herself in the swing because the swing was soothing to her. Bette suggests that Ben have the painting repaired and give it to Carmen. Later, Ben brings a man from a gallery to give an estimate on repairing the portrait. Meg persuades Maria to go to St. Joseph's with her. Maria is overwhelmed by the wedding chapel. When Meg goes to meet with Antonio, Maria stays in the chapel, because it makes her feel warm and safe. However, later, she has an episode of some sort.
Emily & Sean
Sean swears Emily to secrecy about his rapping, insisting that his rapping is for his own enjoyment, not to sell records. She counters that maybe it would be good for others to hear his music. Sean is flattered that Emily wants him to perform in public, but he still refuses. Emily asks Bette, in a roundabout way, about her difficulty getting through to Sean about his music. Bette advises Emily to trust her instincts in the matter.
Martin's Syndrome
Virginia decides, once again, that she, and not Vanessa, deserves Michael. After all, she rationalizes, it's because of her interference that Vanessa got the cure for Martin's Syndrome, and so Vanessa owes her something. Tyus tells Michael that there's another side effect of Martin's Syndrome. In some cases, it renders men sterile.
Sara
Sara is served with a subpoena to appear before the special investigator prosecuting Congressman Blythe.
September 3, 1998
Maria

Maria bolts before Meg and Antonio get into the chapel. When she catches up to her on the beach, where she's been on the swings, Meg sees that Maria's safe, and Maria apologizes for bolting. She promises that she will attend Meg's wedding. Ben remembers Maria telling him that she loves him for the first time while pushing her in the swing on the beach.

Ricardo/Gabi/Antonio
Antonio writes about his dreams in his journal. He says that he has no idea who the woman is or why she makes him feel this way. He says that it's strange, yet, at the same time, it's familiar. Antonio has another, more explicit, dream about the woman.
Rosario Jewels
Francesca tells him that the one job she wants him to do is that night. Francesca asks Cole to cause a distraction while she robs the safe, but then she has trouble opening the safe. When Cole comes into the room, she throws herself at him.

Sara

Gregory tells Casey that he's sure that the special prosecutor just wants to ask Casey questions. However, he wants to catch Sara in the lie she made on her affidavit. He says that if they play their cards right, the charges will be dropped - today. Gregory asks Casey to leave the room so that he can talk strategy with Sara. He tells her to say that her affair with Congressman Blythe was all a fantasy. Sara tells Gregory that she can't play things his way, so she rejects his representation. The special prosecutor tells them that they're being charged with attempted murder. Melinda, missing a leg, returns.
Martin's Syndrome
Vanessa's Baby
Virginia overhears Tyus telling Michael that, knowing that Martin's Syndrome can cause sterility, he had sperm samples set aside just in case. She finds out which sperm bank has Tyus's sample.
September 4, 1998
Sara

Melinda accuses Casey and Sara of trying to kill her. When Casey and Sara try to tell the truth, Melinda plays on the special prosecutor's sympathy. Melinda offers Sara a deal, suggesting that she rewrite her book to make Bob Blythe out to be the bad guy, and turn it into a book about how she and Sara bonded while facing adversity. As a result of Melinda's one condition - that Sara has to break up with Casey, because Casey will never go along with this plan, Sara refuses to go along with Melinda's plan. When Sara asks how Melinda could have survived the shark attack, Casey chalks it up to professional courtesy - one shark to another.

Rosario Jewels
Bernie interrupts Cole and Francesca's kiss and throws them out of his bedroom. He checks on the emeralds, which are still there. Cole offers to steal the jewels while Francesca distracts Bernie. They stage an argument, which ends when Cole storms off in an apparent huff. Bernie offers Francesca a drink to help her calm down. Meanwhile, Cole climbs in the bedroom window. Francesca ducks into the bedroom. She says that he shouldn't have stolen the diamonds, because they're too expensive to fence. While she's giving him back the diamonds, they reminisce about their days as jewel thieves. Olivia catches Cole in the bedroom with the safe open.
Ricardo/Gabi/Antonio

Antonio tells his superior about the dreams he's been having. The superior says that Antonio is human, and humans do dream about sex. He says for Antonio to pray about it, and the truth will come to him. Antonio prays for an understanding of the dreams, and the strength to continue to be a good priest. Antonio dreams of the woman caressing his chest. When Gabi asks Ricardo why he doesn't hate her, he tells her that he never hated her - he hated himself for wanting her when he was involved with Paula.

September 7, 1998
Sara
Bette is disgusted when the sees Bob Blythe, but she's determined to try to get a story out of him. When Bette mentions Sara, Bob says that he never got to know her that well. Bob Blythe comes to see Sara
Ricardo/Gabi/Antonio
When Ricardo asks Gabi to stay the night, she says that as much as she wants to make love with him, she wants even more to take things slowly.
Rosario Jewels
Cole offers to let Olivia search him to prove that he doesn't have any jewels on him. Although she finds no jewels on him, Olivia doesn't believe that Cole isn't robbing the safe, so she tells Cole that she intends to discredit him in the eyes of Caitlin. After Antonio goes back to bed, Francesca sneaks up to his bedroom and looks at pictures of the statue that she and Phillip stole.
September 8, 1998
Sara

Casey comes to ask Ricardo for help with their Melinda problem. In response to Casey's request, Ricardo brings documents to him at Surf Central. Bob tells Sara that he has come to save her from Melinda's false accusations. He says that the key is to continue denying that they had ever been intimate. Sara insists that what she and Bob had is over. He insists that it isn't, and kisses her. Just then, Casey walks in. Fortunately, Casey stays long enough to overhear Sara ask Bob to stop kissing her. He defends Sara from Bob's advances. Casey says that maybe they can beat Melinda at her own game.

Rosario Jewels
Francesca takes one of the pictures of the statue, leaves the others on Antonio's desk, and climbs out the window. Francesca opens her evening bag and finds that it's Bette's bag, and Bette has hers. Francesca tells Cole that she brought home the wrong bag, so he tells her that he'll switch the bags back. Cole sneaks into Olivia's house to switch the evening bags, and Olivia catches him - with the emeralds in her hands.
September 9, 1998
Maria

Tim tells Annie that just telling Maria who she really is won't mean anything to her. She needs a big confrontation to make her memory come back and make it stick - just the sort of confrontation that Ben and Meg's wedding will provide. After he convinces her that his plan won't hurt Maria, Annie agrees to go along with it, in the interest of ensuring that Maria ends up with Ben.

Rosario Jewels
Cole & Francesca
After thinking that Cole sent Caitlin away so that he could go back to his old ways, Olivia realizes that he was blackmailed into helping Francesca. Olivia gives the emeralds to Cole and tells him that if she ever catches him in a lie again, she'll have his head on a platter. When she asks him the nature of his relationship with Francesca, he tells her that she was his first love. Olivia asks if he still loves Francesca, and he says that he loves Caitlin now, and that's all that matters.
AJ's Secret
The doctor tells AJ that they've bought another six months before they'll need Cole.
September 10, 1998
Maria
When the repaired painting of Maria is returned, Ben explains his plan to give the painting to Carmen. Meg tells Joan that she's never seen a picture of Maria except for the portrait, because she's never wanted Maria to be that real. Maria has difficulty on a drawing of Meg, which makes her wonder why it was so easy to draw the picture of Ben when she'd only seen a picture of him once, and it's so difficult to draw a picture of Meg, whom she knows so well. Ben arrives to visit Maria.
Liberty Corporation
Annie & Gregory

Annie tells Gregory that she knows that he has a 500 share advantage over Ben and AJ together. Gregory doesn't remember Tim's shares of the Liberty Corporation at first, until Annie reminds him, and she also reminds him that whoever controls those shares could control the Liberty Corporation in the event that Ben and AJ side together against Gregory. Then she tells him that *she* controls Tim's shares. Annie bets Gregory that she can resist his charms longer than he can resist hers. The stakes are Tim's shares against Annie's. In order to give her a head start on the bet, Annie decides to slip Gregory some Viagra.

September 11, 1998
  Preempted
September 14, 1998
Maria

During their therapy session, Dr. Estrada is called from the room. Maria decides that she needs something more to help her. She picks up her purse and leaves the room. Ben sees Maria on the swings. Meg overhears Annie saying that Maria's alive.

Annie & Gregory
Annie takes a drink to Gregory, dropping three Viagra into the glass. He tells her that he knows that she's plying him with alcohol in hopes that he'll drag her off to the bedroom.
Gregory sends the drink back. The bartender takes the drink and, since he hates to see good liquor go to waste, he drinks it. Gregory walks in while the bartender is coming on to Annie. He watches Annie fend off the bartender, and tells her that he thinks it was all an elaborate setup to make him jealous. Annie realizes that the bartender drank Gregory's drink, which proves that the drug works.
Cole & Francesca

Cole awakes and finds Francesca in his bed, with Olivia knocking on the door. It turns out that Francesca set Olivia up to think that she and Cole are having an affair.

Sara & Casey
Casey shows the special prosecutor the file that Ricardo gave him and tells him that if he goes forward with the charges, he'll sue for malicious prosecution. The special prosecutor agrees to drop the charges. Casey tells Sara that perhaps they should tape Melinda in order to get her to go away and leave them alone. When Casey has second thoughts about getting Melinda to admit everything on tape, Sara says that she has an idea.
September 15, 1998
Maria

Meg confronts Annie and Tim about Annie's statement that Maria's alive. Annie says that Maria is alive in the memory of everyone she ever knew, and that Meg will never live up to Maria. Ben is certain that the woman he saw is Maria, but too many people are in the way, and by the time Ben gets to the swings, Maria is gone. Maria stands under the pier, staring at the water. When a passing surfer encourages her to go into the water, she bolts. Ben arrives with the painting while Carmen, Antonio and Ricardo are arguing about Carmen's feelings about Maria. Carmen accepts the painting gratefully, but Ricardo is convinced that the painting will increase Carmen's obsession with Maria.

Cole & Francesca
Olivia says that she never believed that Cole and Francesca are having an affair, because Cole would never cheat on Caitlin so blatantly, and certainly not with Francesca's type of woman. After Olivia leaves, Francesca asked Cole why he didn't tell her that he had slept with Olivia.
Baby Switch
Rosario Jewels
Annie arrives to meet Olivia, after getting a phone call from Olivia asking her to meet her.
Rosario Jewels
Antonio sees the pictures on his desk and notices that the picture of the Madonna is gone. He realizes that Francesca took it.
September 16, 1998
Baby Switch
Rosario Jewels
Olivia directs Annie to plan and execute the destruction of Caitlin and Cole's marriage, because once Caitlin has lost Cole, she'll be more than happy to let Olivia help raise Trey. When Olivia asks her how many people know that Trey isn't Caitlin's biological child, Annie says that Sean helped her with the baby switch, but that both Sean and Caitlin think that Trey's biological mother is an unmarried teenager.
Emily & Sean
Emily tells Bette that she just got into UCLA, and then she asks if she can stay with Bette on a semi-permanent basis. Bette is overjoyed, but her joy is somewhat diminished when Emily said that she can't leave now, just when things are starting to go somewhere with Sean. Amy overhears Emily telling Bette about Sean rapping, and saying that Sean would kill her if she knew that she told Bette. Bette counsels Emily to let Sean keep his secret, and once Sean and Emily agree that going to the warehouse to record together would be their special thing, she tells her mother that she is right about keeping the secret. Amy approaches Leo, making up a story about how they are planning to have musical acts at the waffle shop, and saying that she is surprised that Sean didn't mention it, since he's a rapper. When Leo mentions his rapping to Sean, Sean asks who told him. Leo says that Amy told him, and Amy says that she overheard Emily telling Bette. Sean confronts Emily about telling Bette about his rapping while Amy and Brad look on.
Cole & Francesca
Rosario Jewels
Cole denied that he and Olivia slept together, but Francesca isn't convinced, and she threatened to tell Caitlin about Cole's fling with Olivia. When Cole told her that he wanted her out of Sunset Beach, she responded that if he really wanted her gone, he would have had her arrested long ago. Cole told Francesca that with the emeralds and the bracelet, she has more than she needs, but she said that she doesn't have everything she needs yet. She promised that if Cole helps her with a few more jobs, she'll leave town and never contact him again. When Antonio told his superior that he's still being plagued by dreams, his superior said that the dream may not go away until he has come to terms with who the woman in the dream is or what she represents. Gabi overheard Antonio confronting Francesca about her theft of the picture of the Blessed Virgin of Rosario.
September 17, 1998
Baby Switch
When Olivia decided that she needs Francesca's help to get Cole out of Caitlin and Trey's life, but that Francesca can't know that she's helping Olivia, she told Bette that she needs to contact Francesca because she dropped an earring at the party. Bette told Olivia that Francesca's staying at St. Joseph's, which, Bette suggested, may be more temptation than Antonio can handle, because apparently Antonio and Cole both have a history with Francesca. Caitlin told Olivia that she was glad to be home, especially since Trey doesn't have the bond with Elaine that he has with Olivia. Caitlin told Olivia that Trey makes up for the babies that they both lost. Launching into her plan to get Trey back, Olivia reminded Caitlin that she only got Trey because Cole was so desperate to be a father, and suggested that it would be too difficult for Caitlin to raise Trey alone if she didn't have Cole. When Caitlin left the room, Olivia told Trey that they're going to spend a lot more time together.
Rosario Jewels
Francesca told Antonio that she wanted the photo as a memento of her greatest moment of triumph, so Antonio told her to leave the mission. Francesca begged Antonio for compassion and he replied that he'll never trust her again. He learned the hard way not to trust her in Mexico. Cole heard someone in the shower. He thought it was Francesca, but it turns out that it was Caitlin, who came home early because Elaine was called out of town unexpectedly. Caitlin asked if anything exciting happened while she was gone, and Cole told her that the time was uneventful. Cole received a phone call from Francesca telling him that she'd be right over. In an effort to get rid of Caitlin, Cole sent Caitlin and Trey to see Olivia. Just after Caitlin leaves, Francesca arrived. She reassured him that Caitlin didn't see her. When she told him who their next mark is, Cole tried to change Francesca's mind, but she wouldn't be swayed. He realized that Francesca's up to something beyond what she claims.
Ricardo/Gabi/Antonio
Gabi went to confession and confessed to Antonio to eavesdropping on his conversation. Gabi said that she eavesdropped on a friend because she was worried about him and his involvement with a woman from his past, so she decided to confront the woman herself, and when she went to the woman's home, she found them in conversation. She said that she's sorry for eavesdropping, but not for her concern for her friend. Antonio told Gabi that God forgives her and so does her friend. He gave her penance of one Hail Mary. After her confession ended, Gabi asked him not to ask her to stop caring about him, because she can't.
Emily & Sean
Emily told Sean that she asked Bette for advice about what to do about her desire to help him with his rapping, and that at first she only said it was a friend, but eventually she couldn't stand it and told her mother that it was Sean. He worried that Bette won't be able to keep it to herself, but Emily explained she was certain that Bette won't say anything, because she counseled her to keep Sean's secret. Sean said that he can't trust Emily and stormed off. Amy saw Sean leave and moved in for the kill. Emily told Bette about her fight with Sean, blaming herself for betraying his trust.
Sara
Sara told Casey that her plan was to tell Melinda that she and Casey have broken up and that she wanted to help Melinda with the book, so that she could catch Melinda confessing on tape. Casey warned Sara that Melinda's dangerous and that he should be the one to handle her, which she interpreted as meaning that he thought she's too weak. They were put to the test when Melinda arrives. Sara blamed Casey for all of her troubles right in front of Hank, Joan and Melinda. When Hank and Joan tried to reason with their younger daughter, she left. Casey left soon afterward. When Hank confronted Melinda angrily, she left. Casey caught up to Sara and congratulated her on her acting job. Melinda saw them talking.
September 18, 1998
Vanessa's Baby
Virginia introduced herself as Dr. Higgins, but the nurse didn't believe her, and called for another nurse to help her remove Virginia. They told her that Dr. Higgins is 63, so Virginia said that she's had extensive plastic surgery, which the two nurses bought. Virginia got a password for the computer, but couldn't find Tyus's name in the database until one of the nurses gave her the correct access code. Virginia stole Tyus's sperm sample.
Maria
Fearing that someone she once knew would turn up, Tim tried to keep Maria from going to Meg's bridal shower. He told her that it would be unfair to Meg, because all that Meg would think about would be her. As she said that the best thing she could do for Meg would be to not go to the shower, Dr. Estrada arrives and asked why. Maria explained her reasoning, and Dr. Estrada told her that it would hurt Meg to find out that Maria didn't want to go to the party. When Maria said that she wanted to go, Dr. Estrada encouraged her to go. Tim volunteered to drive her. Carmen arrived, and Ben tried to get her to leave, but Meg explained that she invited Carmen over, taking Ben aside and explaining that she didn't invite Carmen to the shower - she asked her over to talk about "Dana," in hopes that Carmen's psychic gifts could help them find Maria's family. Ben tried to talk Meg out of her plan, saying it wouldn't be fair to "Dana" or to Maria. Carmen demanded to know why Meg asked her over, so Meg told her that the only reason she asked her over was to apologize for not believing her when she warned her against Derek. Carmen didn't believe her, but offered to read the tarot cards for her as a wedding gift. Carmen told Meg that a woman has come into Meg's life bringing trouble, and that their lives are intertwined, and that they'll remain that way until they die. Tim and Maria arrived, and he asked her to wait outside while he checked out who had arrived for the party. Meg introduced Tim to Carmen. Meanwhile, Maria got tired of waiting and rang the doorbell. Antonio looked at his pocket watch and remembered when Maria gave it to him for his college graduation. He lit a candle in the memory of his sister. Ben brought a check for the mission to Antonio. While they were talking, Antonio explained to Ben that Maria and Carmen were unusually close, and her insistence that Maria's still alive is just her way of keeping her close.
Sara
Sara saw Melinda watching them and, indicating for Casey to look to where Melinda was hiding, fought with him again. Melinda tried to convince Sara to take her up on her offer, but Sara refused and left. Later, Sara called Melinda on her cell phone to apologize for blowing up at her, explaining that she was really angry with Casey.
September 21, 1998
  Pre-Empted in San Antonio, Texas
September 22, 1998

Annie & Gregory
Gregory & Olivia

On his way back up to his hotel room, Gregory, who just drank the drug that Annie slipped to him, gets trapped in a stalled elevator with Olivia. Annie dressed in a teddy, puts more of the drug in the water pitcher, just in case. AJ comes by to pick up a file, and drinks some of the drugged water while Annie gets the file for him. After AJ left, Annie calls the front desk and found out that Gregory was trapped in the elevator with a woman, but not the identity of the woman. Feeling the effects of the drug, Gregory comes on to Olivia. Annie calls a doctor and found out that men who take the drug cannot resist the charms of any women they encounter while under its influence. When AJ returns and told Annie that Olivia was the woman in the elevator with Gregory, she has a fantasy about them making love in the elevator. At first, Olivia rejects Gregory's advances, but she eventually gives in.
Maria
Tim called to tell Meg that he was having car trouble, and Meg told him that Maria was upstairs taking a nap. Ben slipped past Meg without seeing her and went upstairs, where he found Maria asleep in his bed. Thinking she was Meg, Ben let Maria sleep and went into the bathroom to prepare for bed. Maria had another drowning nightmare. In the process, she rolled over so that she was facing the other way when Ben came out of the bathroom. Meg stopped Ben just as he was climbing into bed with Maria. They stepped out onto the balcony. Meanwhile, Maria woke up, got out of bed, and walked downstairs.
Ricardo/Gabi/Antonio
Gabi apologized for coming to confession in hopes of tricking Antonio into telling him what was going on. He accepted her apology.
Rosario Jewels
Francesca almost explained what she's up to to Antonio, but she stopped. Francesca told Antonio that she hoped that he won't ever get caught up in feelings that are beyond his control. Alone in the room, Francesca looked at the emeralds and vowed to finish what she started.
September 23, 1998
Maria
When Ben asked what "Dana" was doing in their bed, Meg explained that she hadn't been feeling well, so Meg sent her upstairs to take a nap. When Tim arrived, Ben answered the door, telling him that he had a lot of explaining to do. At first, Tim thought that Ben had found out about Maria, but when Ben went on to remind Tim that he asked him to stay out of their lives, Tim responded that he was there to pick up Maria. Ben got called in to work. Just as Ben left, Maria came downstairs, ready to leave. Meg told Maria that she wanted her to stay there for the night. Tim objected, saying that Dr. Estrada won't agree to Maria staying over, but Meg explained that she had already cleared it with Dr. Estrada. Maria agreed to stay. Tim left, realizing that if Ben were to see Maria it would still ruin his and Meg's wedding plans. Meg went upstairs to prepare a room for Maria, who stepped out onto the balcony. Ben returned home and, thinking that the woman on the balcony was Meg, went to get a bottle of wine. While Ben was gone, Meg took Maria up to the room, which turned out to be Maria's studio. Maria got feelings of deja vu from the studio. When Meg returned downstairs, Ben told her that when he saw Maria standing on the balcony he thought that she was Meg. While looking for a blanket, Maria found a birthday card that she gave to Ben.
Annie & Gregory
Gregory & Olivia
Annie told AJ that they had to get Gregory and Olivia out of the elevator - now. When Annie tried to stop him from drinking the water, it clued AJ in to the fact that she put something in the water. He finds the bottle and when he saw what it was, he realized why it was such an emergency that they rescue Gregory and Olivia. Annie called Olivia and told her to get her hands off of Gregory. When Olivia hesitated, Annie told her that the only reason that Gregory was all over her was because he was high on an aphrodisiac. That didn't convince her, so Annie threatened not to help Olivia with her plan to break up Caitlin and Cole. It might mean that Annie would go to prison, but it would definitely mean that Olivia would lose Caitlin and Trey. This convinced Olivia. In her effort to avoid his charms, Olivia told him that any warm female body would do because Annie drugged him. Gregory promised that even if Annie did drug him, his passion doesn't stem from a drug, it comes from her. Just as she was about to give in, the doors opened and AJ and Annie were waiting in the hallway. Gregory took Annie to their room to talk, and AJ decided not to seduce Olivia after all, and took her home. Gregory found the pill bottle and told Annie that she has sunk to an all-time low. When Gregory asked her if money means so much to her, she told him that it's not about money. She drugged him because she missed having him in bed with her. He admitted that he misses having her in bed with him, too. They agreed to call off the bet, and retired to bed together. When he dropped her off at home, Olivia told AJ that she responded to Gregory's pass. He asked her if there's still something between them, and she responded that there will always be something between her and Gregory, because they have a history together. AJ reminded her that she has a history with him, too, and that he's willing to open up his heart to her, if she's willing to do the same. He offered her time to think and left.
Ricardo/Gabi/Antonio
Ricardo came to see Gabi, bringing her flowers. All of the other Surf Central residents were out for the evening, so they had the house to themselves. When Antonio arrived home, he found Ricardo and Gabi necking on the couch. Antonio went upstairs and Gabi told Ricardo that she has been worried about Antonio. He told her that his brother has just been under a lot of stress lately, and coaxed her back to necking with him. As he retired to bed, Antonio prayed that Carmen's prediction would come true, and that he would find out who the woman in his dreams has been. Gabi was tempted to ask Ricardo to stay for the night, but she sent him home. As he left, he told her that he's falling in love with her. Antonio finally saw the face of the woman in his dream -- Gabi.
September 24, 1998
Sara
Sara & Casey

Sara told Casey that she felt bad because of how hard this has been, not just on Hank and Joan, but on Casey, as well. Melinda called and Sara agreed to meet her at the Java Web. Casey and Sara shared a tender moment while hooking up her wire, but she pulled away. She thanked Casey for rescuing her time after time. When he said that he'd help anyone that Melinda's out to get, especially Sara, she responded that she has to do this herself, because he won't be there to rescue her forever. Sara arrived at the Java Web, wearing a wire, and told Melinda that since she wanted to talk, she should talk.

Ricardo/Gabi/Antonio
Ricardo asked if Gabi felt rushed when he told her that he's falling in love with her, and she told him that she feels the same way about him. Antonio told Father O'Brien that the identity of the woman in his dream wasn't important. He made a vow to God and he intends to keep it. Ricardo tells Antonio that he ran into Gabi on the beach, and that she had been disappointed that he had left Surf Central so early. Antonio explained that he had a lot of work to catch up on. Ricardo told Antonio that he was starting to fall in love with Gabi, and Antonio had difficulty working up the appropriate enthusiasm for him. Gabi arrived while Antonio was praying about his dreams.
Maria
When Meg came to wake Maria up, but she found the bed already made. Ben came in and gave Meg another pearl for her necklace. When Meg left the room, Ben found the birthday card that Maria had found the previous night, which caused him to remember the day that Maria had given him that card. He ripped the card up and threw it away. Meg came downstairs and found that Maria had already started cooking breakfast. Remembering the birthday card she had found, Maria asked Meg who "English" is. Meg explained that "English" had been Ben's late wife's nickname for Ben. Maria told Meg about finding the card, and that when she saw the card, she had the strangest feeling that there were problems between Ben and his first wife before she died. Meg tells Maria that they had had problems, but after her death, Ben had discovered that it had all been a misunderstanding. She said that Ben loved his first wife very much, and he never thought he could love someone again. Maria pointed out that he did learn to love again. Gabi arrived to pick Meg up for her wedding dress fitting. Meg didn't want to leave Maria, but she said that breakfast would keep and that the three of them would have breakfast together after Meg returns. Meg and Gabi left. Maria stepped outside to pick up the paper when she saw a gardenia bush. She picked a flower from it and put it by Ben's plate. When she stepped back into the kitchen, Ben came downstairs and saw the gardenia, which reminded him that they had been Maria's favorite flower. Ben decided to go for a jog. Soon after he left, Tim arrived, telling her that Ben went out for a jog. Tim offered to drive her back to Cedar Oaks. Then Gabi arrived afterward, telling her that Meg wanted her to drive Maria back to Cedar Oaks. Maria insisted that she wanted to stay and meet Ben. Eventually, they called Dr. Estrada, who insisted that Maria return to Cedar Oaks. While Ben was jogging, he noticed that the sole of one of his shoes was separating from the shoe, and so he returned home. Gabi told Ben that Tim took Maria back to Cedar Oaks, leaving Ben alone with enough food to feed four people. He lifted the lid of the pot, and saw that Maria had fixed huevos rancheros, his favorite. After Gabi left, Ben remembered how Maria used to fix him huevos rancheros (with a gardenia in her hair). He wondered why he was suddenly being bombarded by reminders of Maria. Meg came by because she didn't have her wedding shoes with her and she needed them for the fitting. Sara went to get them. While she was gone, Meg told Casey that her wedding wouldn't be complete without him. When they're hugging, Sara returned. Maria told Tim that she hadn't even known that she knew how to make huevos rancheros until she saw the ingredients in the kitchen. Meg arrived home, and Ben told her that after she made huevos rancheros for breakfast, he would have to go to Cedar Oaks, because he had to meet "Dana."
Emily & Sean
Leo tried to get Sean to talk about Emily, but Sean ducked the subject. Emily and Bette arrived. Emily told her mother that all she wanted was a chance to talk to Sean face to face. When they saw Sean and Leo, Bette gave Leo an excuse to leave Sean and Emily alone. Emily apologized, but Sean told her that he can't promise her that he'll ever get over it. He stepped outside for a moment. While Sean was gone, Amy insulted Emily. Sean leapt to her defense, saying that just because he fought with Emily, Amy didn't have the right to gloat. Bette overheard Amy's insult and threatened to make slanderous accusations about Amy in her column if she doesn't leave Emily alone. After Amy and Brad left, Sean told Emily that after being raised by liars like Gregory and Olivia, he doesn't know if he can ever trust her again. Bette promised Emily to help her make it up to Sean.
September 25, 1998
Sara
When Melinda dodged Sara's attempts to get her to confess, Sara told her that she was tempted to take her up on her offer, which lead Melinda to promise to tell Sara everything once she promised to help her with her book - in writing. When Sara agreed to sign whatever Melinda's lawyer would draft, Melinda hugged her and felt the bulge of the transmitter. She pulled out the transmitter and dumped it into a cup of coffee. Then she confessed to everything, and gloated about how, once again, she won, and Sara lost. After Melinda hobbled out, Casey arrived. Sara told him that she blew it, and Casey pulled a tape recorder out of his pocket, which had Melinda confessing on it. He told Sara that he planted an extra microphone on the table - just in case. Casey told Sara that she's finally free, and that she can do anything she wants with her life.
Rosario Jewels
Bernie Nielsen told Olivia that seven emeralds were stolen from his safe, and that he thought that she knew where they went. When she asked why she'd know anything, he told her that he knew that Cole used to be a jewel thief, and that she was in his bedroom with Cole during the party. He offered her a reward for the return of the emeralds. Olivia asked Bernie why he didn't call the police, and he responded that he can't call the police, and that if he doesn't get them back, she'll be very, very sorry, which clued Olivia in to the fact that Francesca and Cole have only been stealing gems that have already been stolen. Since Bernie can't call the police, Olivia despaired of ever getting Caitlin to see Cole as she wanted her to see him, but things started to look up when Caitlin arrived in tears. Olivia tried to persuade Caitlin to tell her what happened, but Caitlin denies that anything's wrong and left. Olivia rejoiced about Caitlin's doubts about Cole. She decided that she needs to get Caitlin to see exactly what Cole has been doing with Francesca. Francesca contemplated her plan to get the sapphires that she needs. Cole asked Francesca why she stole the emeralds, since she seemed to have no interest in fencing them, to which she responded that she doesn't have any plans for the emeralds besides bankrolling her future. Cole posed as a phone company employee, but Hillary wouldn't let him into the house. He told Francesca that they'd have to come back later, but Francesca insisted that she had to have the sapphires that night. Cole finally said that if Francesca wanted those jewels, specifically, so badly, he'd get them for her, but that he'd do it his way. They got into the house, and she told him where to find the sapphires. They were about to go upstairs, when Francesca started to hear voices.
Ricardo/Gabi/Antonio
Ricardo and Gabi tried to persuade Antonio to go to lunch with them, which made him lose his temper. He apologized for blowing up at them, and Gabi reminded him that she'll always be there for him. After they left, Antonio struggled with the realization that he has feelings for Gabi and had a dream about kissing her.
September 28, 1998
Maria
Ben figured that Maria fixed huevos rancheros for breakfast because Meg told her that they were his favorite. However, when he asked her, she told him that she didn't know that they're his favorite. As it was the night before their wedding, Meg left to spend the night at Hank and Joan's house. After she had left, Ben called Cedar Oaks to find out what their visiting hours are. Annie told Maria about her concerns that she'll be hurt by memories that will be awakened by Ben and Meg's wedding. When Annie told Maria that she wants to be Maria's friend too, Maria said that Annie is a nice person, even though she tries to hide it. She realized that she had hit home when she told Annie that Annie is desperate to be loved, because Annie broke down in tears. Annie told Maria that she reminds her of her best friend, who used to accept her for who she was. Tim stopped Ben just as Ben was about to knock on the door. Ben accused Tim of setting "Dana" up to do things that Maria would do. Tim told Ben not to blame "Dana" for any of the things that have happened, but to blame him. After Tim and Maria left for the party, Annie realized that she's throwing Maria's friendship away for money and that she had to tell Maria the truth. Tim and Maria arrived. Tim refused to leave until Meg opened her wedding present from Maria. While Meg, Gabi and Vanessa looked at the pictures, Maria sneaked into the Cummings' back yard to look at the ocean. Meg sent Gabi and Vanessa upstairs to see their bridesmaids' dresses, and then she went after Maria. Annie arrived to speak to Maria. Meanwhile, Maria left, feeling that she needed to get closer to the ocean. Thinking that Meg was "Dana," Annie called her "Maria." Ben prayed that his memories of Maria will leave him alone. Just as Ben said that he had to let go of Maria, he saw her standing on the other side of the pier.
Rosario Jewels
Cole insisted that Francesca tell him why she wanted those jewels specifically, and why she freaked out. She told him the truth, that she was stealing back the jewels that she and Phillip stole from Rosario. Cole didn't believe her at first, but he started to when she told him that when they were on the ship, she promised God that if Cole got out all right, she'd undo the damage she did to Antonio's parish, and then she'd leave Cole alone forever. Francesca told Cole that she heard this chanting one time before, right after Phillip and she stole the jewels. They stopped in another town in Southern California, and Phillip left her standing outside while he went into a room. It was the first time that Phillip ever excluded her, and soon afterward, his obsession with Cole began. She said that she was sure that the people who bought the jewels from Phillip were in that room with him. Cole promised Francesca that he would get the jewels and then get her out of there soon. Cole walked up the stairs and into the room where the sapphires are kept, which, it turns out, was the source of the chanting.
Sara
Vanessa and Bette heard the tape of Melinda confessing, and they promised to clear this up. Sara asked Casey how she can make it up to him for everything he's done for her, so he told her to enjoy herself at the wedding. He told her that he wants to dance with her at the wedding, because when they danced on the cruise, it was really, really special. Vanessa and Bette sprung the tape on Melinda, followed immediately by springing the other reporters on her. Casey asked Sara out for a date after the wedding.
September 29, 1998
Vanessa's Baby
Thinking that it was ice cream, Jimmy took the sperm sample out of the freezer. Virginia put the sperm back in the freezer, and offered Jimmy some rice pudding instead. Jimmy chose to do his homework. When Michael told Virginia that he and Vanessa are going to move in together, Virginia realized that she has to get her latest scheme in motion immediately. She asked Vanessa to get her a job with the caterer for Ben and Meg's wedding, deciding to drug Vanessa and use a turkey baster to impregnate her.
Rosario Jewels
Francesca overheard Bernie arrive to see Hillary. At first, the butler wouldn't let Bernie see Hillary, but Bernie wouldn't take no for an answer, so the two men went upstairs. When Cole heard Bernie and the butler coming, he ducked around the corner. Hillary came out to see Bernie, and when Bernie said that he needed to talk to her, she told someone in the drawing room to put the sapphires away and meet her downstairs. When Bernie told Hillary that he lost the emeralds and that he needed to join her circle, she reminded him that they were told to guard the gems well, but allowed him to join her circle anyway. Francesca, who overheard this exchange, pondered the meaning of their conversation. Cole got the sapphires, and rejoined Francesca. Just as Cole and Francesca left, Hillary discovered that the sapphires had disappeared. Hillary told Bernie that now that the sapphires are gone, they could lose everything. Francesca told Cole what she overheard. Cole refused to tell her what he saw in the drawing room.
Maria
Ben called out to Maria, but she left before he could reach her. Casey, who overheard Ben calling Maria's name, asked Ben why he was thinking about Maria the day before his wedding to Meg. Ben told Casey about all of the reminders of Maria he's had lately, and about his suspicions that Tim was behind them. Ben told Casey that he has accepted Maria's death more easily than he has accepted his part in it, and Casey told Ben that Maria didn't die thinking that Ben hated her, and that a love like Ben and Maria shared doesn't come or go easily. Meg told Annie that calling her Maria was obviously an attempt to break her and Ben up, but that no one will every come between them again. She goaded Annie by saying that Annie was just jealous of Meg's happiness. While Annie was in the process of storming out fuming about her confrontation with Meg, she ran into Maria, who said she overheard Annie talking about how much she doesn't like Meg. Maria told Annie that she considers Meg to be a good friend, and said that she didn't understand why Annie doesn't like Meg. That was when she figured out that Annie was friends with Ben's first wife. Tim arrived to take Maria back to Cedar Oaks, so Maria went to say good-bye to Meg. Tim told Annie about another unpleasant surprise he has planned for Ben and Meg. Maria realized that she lost an earring and went back to the gazebo to look for it, where she saw Ben and Meg together
September 30, 1998
Meg & Ben's Wedding
Maria

In her room, Maria was haunted by the memory of seeing Ben and Meg together. When Tim arrived to visit her she told him that she couldn't describe how she felt when she saw Ben's face for the first time. Tim explained it away by telling her that the weird feeling may have been because Ben reminded her of the man she loved- whoever he was. Tim gave her a dress that looks like the one in her self-portrait, telling her that he'd be proud to attend the wedding with her in that dress, which made her ask why he is going to the wedding. He responded that with a date like her, he wouldn't miss it for anything. When Maria saw herself in the mirror in the dress that Tim gave her, she had a flash of memory of swinging on the swing on the beach with Ben pushing her. Carmen told Ricardo that she had a premonition that Maria is finally coming home. Carmen asked Ricardo why he's going Ben's wedding, and he told her that he's going because it's important to Gabi that he be there. She said that she may never like Gabi, but that she'll respect Ricardo's feelings for her. When Ricardo mentioned going over to Cedar Oaks to see Meg's friend with amnesia, Carmen said that she saw this friend when she read Meg's tarot cards. Just as Ricardo was about to knock on Maria's door, Tim arrived and told him that Dr. Estrada wants Maria to remember on her own. Ricardo responded that he just spoke to Dr. Estrada, and Dr. Estrada didn't see anything wrong with him speaking to "Dana," so Tim explained that he's just worried about "Dana's" peace of mind. Ricardo knocked on the door and opened it up. Sara lent Meg her favorite earrings for the "something borrowed." She told her older sister that she has always been jealous of Meg because all of the guys in Ludlow went after her and not Sara. Over Joan and Sara's protests, Meg said that she needs to go over to Ben's house. Meg responded that nothing is going to stop her wedding to Ben. While looking at the wedding presents for his wedding to Meg, Ben remembered how Maria sent drawings of their guests with their wedding gift thank-you notes. Ben asked Annie if she's involved in Tim's plan involving Maria. When she asked what he meant, Ben said that Tim admitted to plotting to use Maria's memory to break up him and Meg. Annie said that she doesn't want Ben for herself anymore. She has come to terms with the fact that she'll never have Ben, because someone else has his heart. Ben confessed that he's been seeing Maria on the beach. When he said that he thinks that he's losing his mind, Annie told him that he's not losing his mind, and that she can explain. Just as Annie was about to tell Ben the truth about Maria, Meg arrived. Annie decided not to tell Ben the truth, because she wanted to hurt Meg as much as possible. When she got a phone call from Joan about her wedding gown, Meg bolted, after leaving the drawing of Ben on the coffee table, but before she could show it to him, she had to leave. Ben saw the drawing of him and recognized it as Maria's work.

Sara & Casey
When Casey told him that Sara's life isn't together enough for her to think about a relationship yet, and that she needs some time, Michael advised his friend that he shouldn't let Sara have too much time, or she'll get away from him. Sara arrived to discuss their toasts, but was distracted by a fantasy of Casey declaring his love for her. Sara was about to tell Casey how she feels about him, but, fearing that he doesn't feel the same way, instead said that she's just grateful for everything he's done for her.
Vanessa's Baby
When Vanessa caught her putting the turkey baster in her purse, Virginia said that she needs to bring some things to the catering job, and stuffed her purse full of utensils. Vanessa thanked Virginia for being so understanding about her relationship with Michael, and told her that she was a completely different person when they were working together during the earthquake. Alone in the kitchen, Virginia took the sperm sample out of the freezer. While she's holding it in her hand, Jimmy threw a basketball at her, causing her to drop the vial.

 

 


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