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Mar 2 2009, 05:48 PM
I remember being so excited for this! Especially in regards to Kate and Marlena.

Not surprisingly, the writers dropped the ball... again.
Had Corday not fired Brash and Cwikly we would have found out more. They developed this storyline slowly giving hints here and there.

Someone posted this on a DiMera fan board and I thought it was interesting.

To Kate Roberts, I will always remember your sensational appetite Kate. Your hunger for love. That hunger may finally be satisfied. While you’re waiting for your love to be returned, I leave you the gift of a food you’ve been craving. (Kate is given a jar of kippers).

Rumors indicated that Kate had cravings for kippers when she was "pregnant" with the Gemini Twins. Since Marlena was the surrogate mother, maybe Kate somehow went through the same biological responses when her DNA was extracted.

My dearest Celeste, I have never forgotten your great beauty as well as your devotion to our lovely daughter. In order to repay you I bequeath to you something you may have missed more than you realize. (Celeste receives paper dolls with the words We Must Reclaim Our Youth)

This is definitely a reference to Caprice. I think Caprice is Celeste's daughter or sister. Caprice had visions in her head of paper dolls at one point, and Celeste also said that the 'C' definitely was not 'Child' or 'Cassie'. They dropped this story of course.

To Roman Brady, keep up the good fight. (Roman receives a statue of a Roman gladiator)

Roman said it: Stefano is wishing for Roman's demise, since they're rivals.

Shawn Brady Sr, I want you to think back to your childhood in Ireland. No carefree childhood years for Shawn Brady. I bequeath to you a gift from the DiMera Clan that will always remind you of your past as you brave the troubled waters of your family’s future (Shawn gets a boat with a baby doll on it)

Shawn looked at Colin after he got it. He also had a memory of a boat exploding. I think this had to do with Shawn coming to the US from Ireland with others, and the boat exploded, scattering his family. The doll could represent Colin, or given the new development with John and Colleen, it could be John Black who was Shawn's little brother and was lost in the sea after the explosion on the boat. That's when the Alamains rescued him from drowning.

Hope Brady, while you carry on with your life as Mrs. Bo Brady, proud mother of and loving wife I urge you to keep your eyes open despite the darkness. (Hope receives a scarf fashioned as a noose, which later they realize is a blindfold)

Stefano instructed Larry Welch to kidnap her... this is one story that actually played out.

And now to the beautiful and dramatic Marlena Evans Black. I say dramatic referring to the many roles you have played, some of them against your will I’m afraid. However, your days of role playing have not entirely ended. (Marlena receives a pillow with the words “The Sleeping Beauty in the Woods” on one side, and a constellation embroidered on the back as well as a sleeping beauty)

This played out too: Marlena gave birth to Cassie and Rex.

And finally to John Black, John how can I put into words how much I admire you. I can pay you no complement higher than to say you are a gifted player in the game of life. Therefore I bequeath to you my special chess set. (John gets a chess set, but the queen is missing from it!) The game is not over John, prepare yourself for checkmate!

The queen piece ends up in Tony's replica of the mansion, as well as a miniature crib. Tony was to steal Marlena and raise Cassie and Rex together - of course this story was dropped.

As to my children Anthony and Alexandra I have left them the bulk of the DiMera estate, its assets and holdings.

My dearest Alexandra, My heart breaks to hear of the terrible losses you have suffered. I grieve at my inability to prevent your sadness. However, be reassured that your life will take a turn for the better if you simply embrace the prized family heirloom which I have willed to you. (Lexie receives the family crest). Hold the crest to your heart and I will speak to you. (Inside the crest is a note to Lexie which is not read on screen).

To my son Tony, how I regret all the years you have lost to illness. However, you have been cured and as a result have been given a second chance at life. Pursue your dreams my son and house them where they belong (Tony gets a model of the DiMera mansion which has the queen from John’s chess set in it, as well as phoenix feather in the chimney which bursts into flames and is reconstituted).

That's pretty much it. Tony is the new Phoenix... at least for a couple years.

I think that poster was right on some things but wrong on others. With Kate it could have just been Stefano taunting her for working on a fishboat.

I don't think the baby doll had anything to do with John and Colleen since that was Sheffer/Higley's versions of the Vendetta 2007-2008 while this was C&Bs in 2002. I am sure the baby doll had to do with Colin.

Stefano did not instruct Larry to kidnap Hope, but it was revealed (to the viewers, not the people of Salem) that Larry did some work for the DiMera organization in Europe and his last job was to send the gifts for the will reading to Salem.
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