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SOD SYNOPSIS
COVER DATE: NOVEMBER 1977


  • Rebecca wins the court case & is permitted to take Dougie to Japan.
  • Mike continues to be drawn to Trish (despite his efforts not to be), but she refuses to talk to him. Meanwhile, David has a newfound devotion to Trish & their unborn child. When Valerie sees this, she ends things with him for good. Later, David proposes marriage to Trish (for the sake of the baby). After some reluctance, Trish eventually agrees and the couple marry. The new union upsets Mike.
  • Alice worries about her upcoming hysterectomy. Meanwhile, the Hortons begins to worry about Dr. Griffin's diagnosis. Bill is concerned that Griffin's diagnosis is wrong, which causes conflict between Bill, Griffin, & Greg (who questions Bill's ethics).
  • Phyllis learns about Mary & Neil's affair when she overhears Neil beg Mary to resume the affair. Devastated, Phyllis nearly kills herself in an automobile accident, but later decides to get revenge on both Neil & Mary.
  • Samantha's presence (and pill popping) continues to cause trouble between Don & Marlena. When Samantha can't needle money out of either Don nor Marlena (to leave town), she begins a cunning plot to drug Marlena and take her place. "Marlena" has "Samantha" committed to Bayview Sanitarium.
  • Doug refuses Larry Atwood's "strong offer" to allow gambling at Doug's Place. Later, Doug learns he might lose his liquor license due to his past criminal record & name change.


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WEEKLY NEWSPAPER SYNOPSES

WEEK OF AUGUST 1 - AUGUST 5, 1977
Mike dated and slept with Wendy, a girl he met in a singles bar. Rebecca won custody of Dougie, but promised Robert she'll return once a year. Marlena realized that Samantha has been feeding her drug habit by forging prescriptions. Valerie weekended with Danny and was crushed to learn that David has been taking care of Trish, who was released from the hospital. Jean told Maggie she blames herself for Fred's abuse. Danny courted Toni. Bob hired Chris as a replacement for Brooke.
WEEK OF AUGUST 8 - AUGUST 12, 1977
Valerie insisted she's calling it quits with David, who then urged Trish to marry him. Bill left for London to consult a specialist about a risky operation for his hand. Laura planned to join him. Alice insisted she'd postpone her surgery until Bill returns. Maggie called the police during one of Fred's attacks on Jean, then realized she could be making matters worse. Marlena caught Samantha red-handed.
WEEK OF AUGUST 15 - AUGUST 19, 1977
Mary rebuffed Neil's advances. Phyllis learned of Mary and Neil's affair. Bob urged Mary to teach Chris better business manners. After buttering up Julie, Larry tried to convince Doug to install gambling at the club. Robert left for a vacation. David and Trish were about to be married, but she ran away at the last minute.
WEEK OF AUGUST 22 - AUGUST 26, 1977
David and Trish tied the knot. Mike was too late in his attempt to reconcile with Trish. Samantha turned to an obliging Don for money to skip town, while telling Marlena she's leaving to accept a movie role. Alice and Marie reconciled after an argument about Marie usurping Alice's position. Phyllis told Bob of Neil and Mary's affair.
WEEK OF AUGUST 29 - SEPTEMBER 2, 1977
Neil lied to Phyllis, saying his affair was with Brooke, not Mary, and Phyllis pretended she believed him. No one would give Samantha the money to leave town. She went on a drunken binge and slipped Marlena a sleeping pill while Marlena was helping her pack. Bill learned that his hand can't be operated on. Tom learned of Alice's surgery and disapproved. Amanda was upset that Greg spends all of his time with hospital business. Mary and Chris called a truce.
WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 5 - SEPTEMBER 9, 1977
Samantha drugged Marlena and assumed Marlena's identity. Then she placed Marlena in a sanitarium, warning the doctors not to believe any of her sister's paranoid stories. Mary and Neil received love notes and gifts from each other that neither had sent. Phyllis was responsible and had signed their names. Chris hired Mike. Doug couldn't get his liquor license renewed.
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