Friday’s episode of Days of our Lives was filled with emotional moments as Greg Vaughan wrapped up his run as Eric Brady, when Eric was finally sentenced to five years in prison! But before the sentencing and him being shackled and carted off to the big house, much went down.
Let’s start with the night before the sentencing filled with sex, booze, pills, and rock and roll as pill-popping Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) and drunken Eric found comfort in each other by being completely wasted. The morning after, Eric is late for his sentencing and leaves his cell phone behind. The once mighty Jennifer Horton begins to have images of having sex with Eric in a drugged out drunken haze.
At the Salem Police Department, Roman (Josh Taylor), Marlena (Deidre Hall), and John (Drake Hogestyn) along with Belle (Martha Madison) who is representing Eric at the sentencing, are gathered together. However, Eric comes in from his night with Jennifer disheveled smelling of booze and breath mints which ticks off Roman. Eric pleads with him to understand it was his last free night before going to jail. Next who should wander in but a dishelved Jennifer, who came to give Eric his phone. But then lo and behold, a smackdown is about to go down between Marlena and Jennifer when doc pulls her alone into the interrogation room.
Marlena lays into Jennifer about her pill-popping, and how she could do this to Eric? Jennifer looks ashamed. Marlena admits Eric told her he was worried about Jennifer’s self-medicating. Then the good doc tells Jennifer, basically, “some fine friend you turned out to be”. Suddenly Eric comes into the room and breaks up the confrontation. He tells his mother and Jennifer he wants to say goodbye to them there, and not in the courtroom where he will be taken away and they will have to watch.
Then came the heartbreaking moments: Eric thanks John for always looking after Marlena. They hug. He then goes to Jennifer, calls her a good friend and they kiss. Saying goodbye to Roman was tough. Eric tells Roman he wishes he was a better son. Roman tells Eric he is a great son, and he is proud of him through his tears.
But in the best performance of the episode from Deidre Hall and Vaughan, Eric goes to his mother and asks her to please promise she will look after Jennifer. Ashamed, Eric tells his mother the worst thing about going to prison is knowing, of all people, that he let her down. In tears and overcome with grief, Marlena tells him she loves him and cries. Eric heads to his day of reckoning before the judge.
In the final moments, Roman gets a call that Eric’s been sentenced to five years. Everyone is stunned. And in Vaughan’s final scene, Eric’s in shackles and put on the bus with the new prisoners being transferred to the penitentiary. Trying valiantly to hold it together, but with the enormity and severity of the situation weighing on him, Eric knows that his life for the next five years has forever changed!
Kudos have to go to Deidre Hall as the mother having to say goodbye to her beloved son who is going away to prison, and for Vaughan in his final DAYS moments.
What did you think of Eric’s last moments? Deidre and Greg’s performances? Would you like to see Eric return to the canvas in much less than five years? It’s soaps after all! Share your thoughts in the comment section below!