On Monday, Days of our Lives delivered to its longtime and enduring audience a spectacular 50th anniversary episode filled with so much high-drama that your blood pressure probably shot up a few notches!
The episode was not for the weak of heart, nor was it what you might have expected filled with a lot of people having heart-to-heart chats remembering the good old days. Instead, DAYS was firing on all cylinders with a riveting installlment that featured at its heart, the reunion of Bo (Peter Reckell) and Hope (Kristian Alfonso) in the most fraught circumstance. As Aiden (Daniel Cosgrove) was choking the life out of his new bride, Bo comes bursting to save the day – the hero he always has been. Aiden and Bo have a showdown of all showdowns culminating in Aiden’s death, thus ending the run of fan favorite Daniel Cosgrove. When Hope comes to she sees Bo. She is so emotionally overcome with having her life almost snuffed out, and seeing her longtime love that she is disoriented.
When Rafe (Galen Gering) arrives on the scene, Hope is taken to the hospital. Bo goes to be with his “Fancy face”. Meanwhile, Rafe is stunned that he missed clues about Aiden. But could he truly be the necktie killer? Rafe wonders. During the hospital scenes, hankies were needed when Bo desperately wanted to be at his Hope’s bedside. Waking up for a moment, Hope freaks out and thinks Aiden is hovering over her, but it’s Bo. At the end of the episode, Bo climbs into the hospital bed with Hope. So after three long years, Bo and Hope are reunited, of sorts. Kudos to the outstanding work of Peter Reckell and Kristian Alfonso in the episode.
Elsewhere, Sami (Alison Sweeney) armed with information that EJ must be alive goes to see John (Drake Hogestyn) and Marlena (Deidre Hall). She is determined to follow the clues that will lead her to EJ. She also says EJ left her (in the safety deposit box he left her the key for) codes and passwords to bring Stefano (Joe Mascolo) and the Dimeras down. Next Sami meets with the priest at the Brady Pub. He gives her a special bible with marked sections that make it appear that EJ is contacting Sami from the great beyond. Once she exits, outside she breaks down. It was a touching moment played by Sweeney. Later, Sami in the shock of her life when Andre (Thaao Penghlis) has her kidnapped! Is Sami being set up by the DiMeras? Will she find EJ alive somewhere?
Billy Flynn, also continued his emotional turn as Chad DiMera, as Chad tries to recall the circumstances that led him behind bars as the prime suspect in the necktie serial killing. That was juxtoposed by the eerie performance by Rob Scott Wilson as Killer Ben who has Abigail (Kate Mansi) captured in the cabin, and is now wanting to make love to her. Abby tries to deal with his seduction, but wants to get the fire poker behind him to knock him out. As Ben releases her from handcuffs so they can have sex, he asks Abigail to say that she loves him. When she does, he calls her a liar and violently pushes her away! She is in major trouble.
Patch (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) are struggling in their relationship once again, as Patch reveals someone is out to get him, and now they are coming after his family! Patch is devastated at what happened to Joey (James Lastovic), because of him, and Kayla asks him to stay away from her son, and from her, for good! This will obviously open up the next leg in the story for the return of Stephen Nichols!
So, what did you think about DAYS 50th anniversary episode? Better than you thought? Disappointed in some way? Did you love seeing Bo and Hope together again? Upset that Aiden died such a violent death? Creeped out by Ben? Hoping EJ is alive? Hoping Chad gets his memory back? What performance did you enjoy the most? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!