On Wednesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, another standalone character-centric show was the order of the day. This time featuring Galen Gering as the heroic Rafe Hernandez.
As Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Rafe are trapped in the tunnel under Stefano’s old house in a devious plot set in motion by Andre DiMera (Thaao Penghlis), Rafe is in and out of consciousness. He is plaqued with nightmares and wrestling with his guilt over Hope being in this predicament as she hangs on to life by a thread.
Aiden (Daniel Cosgrove) and Andre are the first people Rafe encounters during his hallucinations as a gloating duo. Aiden is wearing a red tie, which eventually Rafe uses to try to strangle him with. In turn, Andre laughs the whole thing off expressing, “Is that all you got?” He goes on to say the only person Rafe is capable of killing is “the woman he loves.”
Later during his hallucinations, Rafe sees his father Eduardo (A Martinez), who encourages his son to be strong and to use the gun he brought to avenge Hope! Ciara (Vivian Jovanni) and Shawn (Brandon Beemer) show up too, both asking why Rafe let this happen extolling, “You promised our dad you’d take care of her.” Next appears Rafe’s brother Dario (Jordi Vilasuso), who urges Rafe to get on with his life. Rafe’s mother, Adrianna (Alma Delfina) comes to him next. Rafe tells his mother she should have approved of Hope, and now she is gone! Suddenly Gabi (Camila Banus) appears and they both tell Rafe that Hope’s fate is actually in his hands.
But then to really make Rafe feel even worse than he does, Hope’s father Doug (Bill Hayes) appears and blames Rafe for allowing Aiden to enter back into Hope’s orbit. Finally having enough guilt and anger built up inside of him, Rafe takes the gun and shoots both Aiden and Andre. The room is now full with everyone rallying around Rafe. Doug says to go to Hope. He does, and the lovebirds profess their love for each other before Hope dies.
Back in reality, Rafe wakes up and checks on Hope and has to find a way for them to get out of their predicament, or surely die. Rafe goes to try to break the door down, while Hope dreams of kissing Rafe. Finally, Rafe using a rock to get the door open and to break the lock which he sucessfully does! He screams for help as the episode concludes.
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