NBC’s Days of our Lives gave its viewers another shocker at the end of Wednesday’s episode when Chase Jennings (Jonathan McClendon) rapes Ciara Brady (Vivian Jovanni). The set up occurs since Chase has fallen under the influence of a vengeful Andre DiMera (Thaao Penghlis). At the Salem Inn over a meal, Chase informs Andre he never felt part of Hope’s (Kristian Alfonso) family and has a dark side to him like his father Aiden (Daniel Cosgrove). Andre urges him to not supress his darker instincts. When Andre brings up Chase’s feelings for Ciara, the teenager tells him he feels he has blown it with her. Andre says he thinks Ciara is into him, and that women like a strong, take charge kind of guy.
At Horton Town Square, Chase finally resurfaces. Hope and Ciara have been very oncerned about his whearabouts. Ciara convinces the guard Hope has watching her to let her take Chase back to Jennifer’s (Melissa Reeves) with her. Once at Jennifer’s, Ciara holds Chase’s hand and apologizes for their argument. Next, Chase professes his love for Ciara, but she pulls away. Ciara relates to him that he is like a brother to her. Chase pushes the issue and tells Ciara he thinks she feels the same way he does and he moves in for a kiss. They actually start to kiss, but Ciara pushes him away and puts on the brakes. She tells Chase, she is not ready for this. Chase is sure she is and just not admitting it. He pushes her down to the sofa and tells her this is what they both want! He next covers her mouth with his hand as Ciara starts to cry. The episode fades to black.
Jovanni told Soap Opera Digest about her DAYS rape scene: “When Albert (Alarr, co-executive producer) and Josh (Griffith, co-head writer) told me that Ciara was going to be raped, I was nervous at first, but also very grateful to be getting the opportunity to explore this complex and layered storyline.”
So, what did you think about DAYS decision to have Ciara raped by Chase? Are you upset that DAYS chose to bring a rape into this storyline? What do you think will happen next? Will Ciara keep her rape a secret from Hope and everyone else? Will she confide in Theo (Kyler Pettis), who truly loves her? Share your thoughts on this game-changing moment in the comment section below.