How many boxes of kleenex or hankies did you go through watching Friday’s episode of NBC’s Days of our Lives? If you were like us … plenty!
In a exceptionally well-done episode of DAYS, the writers and producers did not veer away from their “A” story at all. All scenes and roads related back to the primary tale of Bo Brady (Peter Reckell), and the end of his life, and his enduring and iconic relationship with his “Fancy Face” Hope (Kristian Alfonso)! Through the use of flashback clips telling the love story of Bo and Hope and classic memorable moments, DAYS delivered closure to long time fans of this supercouple. However, most viewers did not think Bo’s return back to Salem would end so soon!
In a heartbreaking story filled with beautiful, emotional, and touching performances by Peter Reckell (Bo) and Kristian Alfonso (Hope), and the always stellar work of Mary Beth Evans (Kayla), Stephen Nichols (Patch), and Peggy McCay(Caroline), Bo’s life came full circle.
First, Bo decides he is going to break the news to Hope that he is dying of an inoperable brain tumor. This is after the surprise party for him at the Brady Pub, where Ciara (Vivian Jovanni) wanted her mother and father to get re-married and Bo said he needed a minute and leaves. Next, Bo asks Hope to meet him in the park in their special place. When they meet up, Bo brings a mini oak tree to be planted, and the two reminisce through a classic time capsule (vintage clips) looking back through Bo and Hope’s relationship spanning decades on DAYS. Finally, when Bo tells Hope the truth of his condition, she is devastated. He doesn’t know how long he has to live, and as the episode continues Bo is clearly getting worse.
Elsewhere, Patch and Kayla are trying to come to grips with Bo’s crisis. Patch thinks Bo will continue to fight this as long as he can. Kayla lets him know his MRI was so bad, she has no idea how Bo is even walking around. After much back and forth about their own complex relationship, overcome with the sadness she is feeling about her brother, Kayla lets her self lean on Patch.
And as for Caroline, in one of the more heart-tugging scenes, she relates to Ciara how Bo saved her life, and what a son he has been to her. She details to her granddaughter, how Bo convinced her get treatment for what was then thought to be Alzheimer’s Disease. How on earth is Caroline going to cope when she finds out her premonition/vision about Bo dying in the park came true?
On Friday, one of soaps most successful and popular love stories came to an end, and the show honored that with making sure that Bo and Hope played by Peter and Kristian were together on-screen and reunited as Bo dies in Hope’s arms.
What did you think of the episode? Were you needing the hankies? What did you think of the performances and seeing all the vintage clips again? Are you sad that Bo had died? Share your thoughts on the pivotal moment in DAYS history in the comment section below!