The John Black HTML FAQ Part 3
Version 2.9 May 30, 1999
By Dustin Cushman
John and Marlena Reunite, Kristen's Revenge is foiled
Kristen's hope that Marlena would eat the poisoned chocolate and die was
ruined when Belle Black ate it instead. Roman found Belle past out on the
floor of the penthouse and gave her a shot to counteract the penicillin, for
Belle was just as allergic as her mother. Near Belle was an open bottle of
Brady's pills and he thought that Belle had eaten them, mistaking them for
candy. Roman rushed Belle to the hospital.
It was when he saw Marlena and John by their daughter's side that he realized
Marlena and John were meant to be together. Roman told Marlena that he wouldn't stand
in her way and he wished her and John all the happiness in the world. Meanwhile,
Susan felt something was wrong and she called Salem. Susan learned what had happened
and realized Kristen had tried to kill Marlena. Susan sent Kristen one final note,
which said her planned failed and that John and Marlena were once again engaged.
John and Hope's search for their pasts
John and Marlena vacationed in New Orleans to celebrate their re-engagement. While
there, John went back to what was left of Maison Blanche. There he found an old
burnt picture of Hope. Upon returning to Salem, John showed the picture to Hope.
Hope was dressed in some fashions from the early 50s and was standing in front of
a magnificent building. Vivian Alamain identified the cloths Hope was wearing and
John called a professor friend to learn about the building. One possible location
was Lugano, Switzerland. Hope had already sketched a replica of the painting 'Garden
at Twilight by Paul Renee, who was from Lugano. Another clue was a silver comb,
which had "Made in Lugano" engraved on it. Hope decided to go to Lugano and John
went along because he feared she would get into trouble on her own. Upon arriving in
Lugano, Hope and John questioned an antique store owner about the comb. The owner
told them that the comb was part of a private collection that was stolen years ago.
The shop keeper kept the comb and told them if they left he wouldn't have to call
the police. John and Hope witnessed the shop owner give the comb to a woman and they
followed her to an elegant house, which John recognized as the building Hope was
standing in front of in the picture he found of her. Hope and John went in and met
owner, Ms. Faversham. Ms. Faversham looked carefully at Hope and called her "Princess
Gina!" Ms. Faversham explained to Hope that she was Princess Gina, a member of a
family who was very close friends with her, but she suddenly vanished from a ball one
night about five years ago. John and Hope stayed in Lugano and investigated her
past. They learned that Princess Gina and Ms. Faversham often went to art festivals
and learned that Princess Gina loved Ms. Faversham's collection of Renet paintings.
John and Hope learned about the grandson of Renet and went to question him about the
auctioning off of the last Renet painting. The man had pictures, which Hope was in,
John was shocked to see himself in the pictures as well, sporting a beard and a
outfit. Later, John would be recognized as Father Black by two Swiss nuns. Marlena
would come to Lugano to surprise John, but the two would return to Salem when they
learned Sami had been shot during an assassination attempt on her fiance Franco
life. Hope remained in Lugano and went aboard the Empress Express with Ms. Faversham
go to Count Olenska's art festival. Back in Salem, John learned that Stefano was also
on his way there and he tried to warn Hope, but by time he contacted her, Stefano had
found her. Stefano and Hope returned to Salem, but neither Hope nor John would give
the search for their pasts, despite Stefano's warning that it would bring them
John and Hope meet Greta and learn about the real Princess Gina
When Bo returned to Salem from the Bayou he brought with him a young girl named
Greta, aka the Swamp Girl. Stefano was on a manhunt for her because she new all
his secrets. Stefano, who was involved with Ernesto Toscano, knew that Greta replaced
Hope in the cage scene in which Hope was supposedly killed, then burnt in. Greta
was the one who was burnt, Hope was never harmed. Greta recognized John as Father
a priest friend of her mother, the real Princess Gina, who looked remarkably like
Greta explained that her mother was from an exiled branch of Prussian
royalty. Greta does not know who her father is, other than he is a prince who is
supposedly dead. Princess Gina often went away on mysterious trips and Greta was
placed in a boarding school in America, she
later aspired to become an actress. Father John was not only Princess Gina's good
he was also a father figure to Greta. Greta promised John that she would do whatever
she could to help her. John believed Greta was a good and honest person, but Marlena
had doubts, especially after everyone found Greta in Stefano's arms. Greta had
to flee Salem and Stefano found her. He saved her from falling off of a cliff and she
hugged him to thank him for saving her life, which is what everyone saw. Later, John
made arrangements for Greta to have the scars on her face removed.
Stefano's involvement with John's Aunt Viv
Stefano became determined to get his art treasures back, which Jonsey had willed
to his wife Vivian. Stefano's plan was to make Vivian appear to be insane and have
sign over power of attorney to him. Stefano implanted a device in Vivian's tooth
allowed him to control her moods. John became concerned about his aunt's erratic
Vivian eventually began to believe she was dying from Dementia. Stefano convinced her
over power of attorney to him, but at the last moment she signed it over to John.
had his aunt committed when she became out of control, but Stefano broke her out of
the asylum and secretly wed her, which voided John's power of attorney. By that time,
Stefano had used his device too much
and Vivian's health was rapidly declining. Convinced she was going to die, Vivian
a new will, leaving all her treasures to Celeste, Ivan, and John. This angered
because underneath all the paintings Jonsey left to Vivian were his hidden collection
of stolen Renets. In order to gain back control of his estate, Stefano married her.
tried to stop the wedding, but he was unable to when they married in a hot air
After falling from the balloon, the receiver in Vivian's tooth was lodged loose
and began to hurt. Vivian went to her old friend Doctor Wu, who pulled the microchip
out of her tooth. After analyzing it he told Vivian that it was a mood control
All the unexplainable mood swings Vivian had been experiencing over the last several
months began to make sense, and she soon discovered Stefano's remote, and was forced
act her way through fake mood swings to keep Stefano from learning she had removed
receiver. Vivian, Celeste, and Ivan wondered why Stefano married her and went to such
extreme lengths to control her, until they found an old will of Jonsey's which
all of Jonsey's art treasures actually belonged to Stefano! Vivian deduced that the
were stolen, and decided to use the situation to her advantage to her advantage.
she changed her will, leaving everything to John, Celeste, and Ivan, and then
Lexie to tell Stefano that Vivian was dying and could go at any moment. Then after
badgering Stefano for hours on end, Stefano gave in and signed his stocks in Titan
to her. However, he made her sign a contract which bequeft them back to him upon her
figuring she would go at any moment. Vivian continued to play the dying wife, but
soon became suspicious of her. Vivian and Bo teamed up to bring Stefano down. She
help him if he helped her. Vivian planned a going away party at which she would give
away all her art treasures, and Bo made sure that Victor would attend the party.
still wanted Victor's forgiveness, and love, and vowed to make him see what Kate was
to Titan. During the planning phase of her party, Vivian's nephew Nicholas Alamain,
grown up, returned to Salem to see his dying Aunt. Vivian eventually told Nikki that
dying and explained the situation to him.
John and Marlena, Re-Engaged, Again
On New Years 1999, John flew to New Orleans with Marlena and once again asked her
to marry him. She accepted and John promised to marry her this year.
Princess Gina Returns to John's Life
When Vivian changed her will and left her treasures to John, Ivan, and Celeste,
realized he had to act quickly to save them. Because Gina had created the original
forgeries, the stolen Rennets were underneath them, Stefano decided to bring Gina
create duplicates which Stefano could substitute in place of the ones in the
bringing Gina back was tricky. Dr. Rolfe uploaded all of Gina's memories into a
would then beam them down to a chip in Hope's brain, turning her into Gina. However,
the complete process
could only occur during a total lunar eclipse, which happened every four years and
As Rolfe uploaded the memories up to the satellite, Hope began to have memory flashes
life. Bo became a problem for Stefano because he wanted to take Hope far away from
He feared that if Bo and Hope married and left town before he could turn Hope back
into Gina, all his plans would be ruin. To
slow their future plans down, Stefano had Shawn Douglas kidnapped. Bo and Hope both
that Stefano was behind it. Stefano had arranged to save Shawn Douglas to ingratiate
to Hope, but it blew up when Shawn D. tried to escape and plunged into the icy Salem
D. was saved. The ordeal did buy Stefano time, but when the satellite was in position
and everything was
ready, a violent snowstorm hit Salem and Dr. Rolfe feared that it would block the
transmission. Hope was driving at the time, trying to get home to Bo, when her car
went off the road.
She was rushed to the hospital, but seemed to be okay. Later, however, Hope went to
Stefano and fooled her creator into thinking that she was Hope! She told him that
was back and ready to pick up the pieces of her life. She wanted to return to
Europe, but Stefano
told her they couldn't leave until she completed forgeries of all the paintings in
He also warned her to stay away from John and Greta, but Gina had no plans on doing
Gina was determined to reunite with John and Greta, despite Stefano's wishes.
Unfortunately, GIna found out that John had no memory of her,
so she decided to jog it. She learned from Greta that Marlena was helping John
remember his past,
which included Gina. She learned that John had recalled Princess Gina teaching him
how to dance,
so she accepted a dinner invitation from John and Marlena and wore a similar dress
Tuscany, which triggered John's memory, but aroused Greta's suspicious. Greta began
believe that her mother was alive inside of Hope. When Stefano found Gina with John
and Greta he flipped
and scolded her, but she told him that she had no choice but to go out to dinner
because they were becoming suspicious of "Hope." Gina continued to manipulate
John's life, constantly urging him to search for his past. She even planted doubts
in his head
that he was ever a priest. Unfortunately for Gina, her constant ignoring of Bo led
Greta to go to the Hotel Capri and do some background searching on her. Gina quickly
followed them and changed the hotel records so that the dates she stayed there did
coincide with any of the art thefts, and she also erased John's name from the
they couldn't connect the two. Later, Gina revealed herself to Lilly Faversham and
of the Horton house and in with Lilly to get away from Bo. She then stepped up her
to win John back. She learned that Billie Reed had her compact, which was a gift
and an item that she thought would trigger his memory. Unfortunately, John began to
terrible migraines and Stefano warned Gina that if John continued to research his
past it could
kill him. When she finally retrieved the compact from Billie, she was afraid to show
it to John.
John, however, saw the compact eventually, and it triggered all sorts of passionate
for him about Gina. The two ended up kissing, but John vowed to forget about his
concentrate on the woman he loved in the present, Marlena. When Gina learned of
immediate plans to marry Marlena, she blackmailed Dr. Rolfe into deactivating the
chip in John's
brain in order to stop the wedding and get the old John back.
Stefano Reveals the Truth about John Black
Stefano told Dr. Rolfe the truth about John, he was never a priest! Stefano got to
a very young Forrest Alamain early on and turned him into his pawn. John, like Hope,
was implanted with a microchip that allowed Stefano to implant and erase his memory,
chip was much cruder than Hope's. John entered the seminary, but never took his vows.
as a priest and worked with Princess Gina, who was also under his control. Together
they stole many priceless works of art from all over Europe. John used his reputation
as a priest
as a cover and Gina used her status as a Princess as her cover.
John and his women (emphasis on the plural!)
- Marlena Evans Brady
Marlena married John because she thought he was Roman. They stayed
married until she was killed. Their reunion was brief and
short because of the return of the real Roman Brady. John and Marlena still
had feelings for one another and ended up having an affair which produced their
daughter Belle. When Roman found out Belle was not his he promptly divorced
Marlena and left Salem. Currently John and Marlena are in love with each other
and engaged to be married.
- Olivia (Orpheus' Sister-in-law)
Orpheus' sister-in-law went to Salem to find out who the man who killed
her sister really was. It was part of Orpheu's
plan in which he convinced Salem Marlena had died. He wanted John/Roman
to betray Marlena, and then learn she was alive after he betrayed her.
- Bianca Torres
Bianca Torres was the daughter if the infamous Miguel
Torres. John was involved with her while under cover in trying to bring
down this family's crime ring.
- Diana Colville
Diana Colville owned half of the Salem Spectator, and Jack owned the other half.
She was engaged to marry John/Roman but eventually left him out of guilt. Diana's
long lost and supposedly dead husband Cal turned up to stop her wedding. Cal and
John/Roman had a struggle outside of John/Romans house in which Cal tried to kill
John/Roman. Diana picked up a gun, fired it, and shot John/Roman by mistake.
Cal took the rap, but it was eventually proved Diana shot John/Roman by mistake.
She was not aware of this because she had blocked it out of her head,
but Kimberly hypnotized her and brought it out. Out of guilt Diana left John/Roman
- Yvette Dupree
If I remember correctly Yvette was a hooker hired by Justin to seduce and
swindle his Uncle Victor. She later became briefly involved with
John/Roman. Later Stefano found out about Yvette and Justin's original
plan, and she had to leave town to escape him.
- Whitney Baker
While his relationship with Isabella was growing John became involved
with a police psychiatrist whom John was seeing during a rift between him
and Isabella. She eventually moved in with him, but only because he wanted
to protect her from threats being made on her life. She tried to get it
on with John, but he turned her down because his heart was with Isabella.
- Isabella Toscano
John first met Isabella when he believed he was Roman. Isabella stood by his
side when he went through the whole ordeal of discovering he was not Roman.
Eventually John married Isabella and they had a son whom they named Brady.
Shortly after Brady's birth, Isabella died of Pancreatic Cancer.
- Danielle Stevens
Danielle Stevens was the mystery woman who showed up after the whole
Mayan deal. For the first few weeks she was just a woman with her back towards
the camera in a European country whom they handed the Spectator daily. The
first words she spoke were when she saw a picture of John in the paper. I
don't remember the exact line but it was something to the effect of
"The face is different, but those are definitely my John's eyes". She
reappeared in John's and claimed that she was his wife and his name was
John Stevens. Through time we discovered she was not his wife, but she was in
love with him. When John discovered she was Romulus, he helped her
escape from the police, but told her he could never love her again.
- Rebecca Morrison
Trying to deny his feelings for Marlena, John became involved with the DA of Salem.
Later he had to fight his feelings for Kristen. Curtis was hired by Stefano
to kill John. He attempted to kill John in a parking lot while Rebecca and
Kristen were near. John's first instinct was to protect a nearby Kristen instead of
protecting Rebecca, who he was with. Rebecca realized John did not love her, so she
- Kristen Blake/DiMera
After Rebecca John fell in love with Kristen Blake. Upon finding out she was
Stefano's adopted daughter he wanted nothing to do with her, but he couldn't
fight his love for her. They eventually revealed that Kristen was engaged to
marry Tony, but she decided not to. To change her mind Stefano faked his own death
and made it look like John was responsible. Out of spite Kristen married Tony.
Later after learning Stefano was alive and Tony knew about it, she left him once
again for John. Their reunion was brief because Kristen discovered that John was
a priest. She promptly left John to return to Tony. After being released
from his vows, and after Kristen discovered Tony had secretly replaced the
birth control pills she was taking with sugar pills, and that he had been
faking his blindness for months, Kristen returned to John.
Kristen was planning on marrying John and having his children when Tony framed
John for his murder. John got off and reunited with Kristen, but when she lost
their child Kristen went off the deep end and lost John due to her lies and
manipulations she said she did in name of love.
- Tanya Hampstead
Shortly after John found out that he was a priest, and Kristen left him
because of it, John began dating Tanya Hampstead. He dated her partly to
make Kristen jealous, and partly to prove to himself and Salem he wasn't
a priest. Tanya was after John for his money. She had planned on
marrying him, sending his kids to a boarding school, and then traveling
all around the world with him. Later John realized that his priestly
vows were being to bother him, so he dumped her and pursued his role
as a priest to determine if he really was willing to give it up.
- Princess Gina Von Amburg
While under Stefano's control, John, posing as a priest, was partnered with Princess
Gina Von Amburg. Together the two stole many artworks throughout Europe for Stefano,
unknown to Stefano the two fell in love. John gave Gina a special gift, a silver
engraved with a G.
What does John Black do for a living?
Many people have wondered what John does for a living.
- John owns half of Alamain Industries
- John runs the Toscano foundation which belonged to his late wife Isabella
- John is a board member of Titan Publishing
- John is on the editorial board for Bella Magazine
- John and Kristen are co-chairpersons for the Horton Center.
- John is on the board of Salem University
Credits (in no particular order)
The following people have helped or contributed information that was used
in this FAQ.
- Whitney N. Canfield - Info on the Alamain family
- Kyle Bartlett - Info on the Martial Arts Quest, Tanya Hampstead and Olivia
- Ann Stolzman - Info on Marlena's death.
- Trenna Atkins - Info on Johns name and on Marlena's discovery that John was
- Cecilia M. Carravallah - Info on John and Marlena's wedding, Info on the
- Leslie Smith - Info on "The Pawn" story line
- Wendy Mcelwee - Info on Rebecca Morrison
- Susan Cook - Info on "The Pawn" story line
- Amy Peres - Info on "The Pawn" story line
- Mara Frank - Info on the "Cruise of Deception" story line
- Jacqueline - Info on the Possession story line
- Andy Friedlander - Info concerning many story line dates about Marlena and John
- Chad Williams - Info on the Romulus/Who am I story line, Danielle, and the
Lombards,and on John and Marlena's rekindled love, Terra de la Feugo.
- Melissa Blood - Info on the Orpheus story line
- Lori - Info on the Orpheus story line
- Angie Williams - Info on Johns job at Titan
- Ruth E Cunnings - Info on Forest, Sami, and Orpheus, Daniel, and Yvette.
- Craig M. Kanarick - Info on how John became Roman, and The Pawn
- Ernest Franic - Info on John and Marlena's affair
- Christina Gras - Info on how John became Roman
- James Sharp - Info on Romulus, the Mayan Pyramid thing, and the Alamains.
- J All Day - Info on Marlena and Roman's medallions.
- Melissa A. Nelson - Info on John and Kristen's relationship
- Jen Cannon - Info on Kristen under "John's Women" and info on Marlena's
discovering John was a Commander, not Captain
- Beth Porchey - Info on the Orpheus story line, Bianca Torres, and Whitney Blake,
and Info on the Mayan Pyramid story.
- Jen123223@aol.com - Info on John being framed for Tony's murder
- Vaspurlock - John's mother's name
- Normy - Info on the Titan Party
- Dora D. McIntosh - the spelling of Terra De La Fuge
- Wendell - correcting the parking lot spelling error :)
- Kim Ralston - for pointing out that John is Lawrences older brother
- Chris Holly - For information on John's past as an Alamain
- Amy Robinson - for information regarding John's unsuccessful hypnosis
- Jeff - for clearing up Dr. Whitney Baker's name
- Mandy Houk - Info on John's occupation.
- Tree529 - Dates of Brady and Isabella/John's wedding
- Amanda Jones and Gina Corbin for info about John and Marlena's affair.
- Garrakio for info on the Codies and Marlena's return.
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