She hit all the right notes of playing Theresa’s (Jen Lilley) inner turmoil, resolve and strength, and heartbreak, on her final air show on Days of our Lives!
For those who have witnessed Jen Lilley’s portrayal of former wild child, bad girl-turned-mother, who made the ultimate sacrifice for her child and the man she loves, it has been a tour de force performance all along the way.
In story, Theresa is exiting Salem with drug lord Mateo, who wants her back and is threatening harm to Brady and her son, Tate if she does not comply. In a twist, Theresa is also helping her dad Shane (Charles Shaughnessy) and the ISA nab the guy for his criminal activities.
Lilley, who announced her exit from the long-running NBC series months ago, wrapped up her time on DAYS on Friday’s episode with quite a stellar line-up of goodbye scenes. Chief among the stellar scenes had Theresa looking at Brady Black (Eric Martsolf), the man she loves straight in the eye when he asks her, “There’s something you’re not telling me. What is it?” When she offers nothing, Brady tells her to tell him she doesn’t love him. Theresa’s reply … she is not sure she ever did! Crushing.
To continue her charade to protect Brady and Tate, she really goes in for the low blow by telling Brady she’s outta there and not to leave the light on. After she exits the Kiriakis mansion, Theresa sobs. In that sequence of scenes, Lilley displayed a multitude of emotions from the cover-up to the raw truth of her situation, and the consequences of her actions.
And in another memorable scene it is Lilley and long time veteran icon, John Aniston (Victor) who broke our hearts. When Theresa arrives at the Kiriakis mansion to pack her things and take some mementos with her, Victor informs her that the nanny just put Tate down so she can spend some final minutes with him. Next, Theresa implores Victor to help Brady get through this. She doesn’t want him using drugs again. Victor hopes she can get the goods on Mateo to put him behind bars forever, so everything she is sacrificing is worth it. Victor tells Theresa how proud he is of her, adding “You’ve come a long way.” Theresa is overcome. Victor tells her he will always consider her part of the Kiriakis family. In Greek, he tells her to come back to them soon. They share an emotional hug as Theresa then goes to share her last goodbyes to her son.
At the end of the episode, Theresa meets with Mateo and walks off out of Horton Town Square as Shane makes a call to someone to tell them, “They are on the move.” Fade to black and the final performance of Jen Lilley on DAYS.
Lilley tweeted on the overwhelming response to her final episode: “Thank you for the outpouring of love today #days fans!! I love each and every one of you!” Prior to the airing of the episode, Jen shared: “I don’t think I’ve fully processed that today is my last day airing on @nbcdays. I’m so grateful for every moment we’ve shared!” To her on-screen love interest, Eric Martsolf she said, “Oh how I miss this wonderful man.”
So, what did you think of Jen Lilley’s final bow on Days of our Lives as Theresa? Share your comments below!