Another day, another standalone episode where one deceased half of supercouple appears to the other in a dream.
Seriously, it was great to see Bo again.
I really love it when the show dives into its history and really pulls out all the stops, and that’s what they did here. I actually squealed when Larry Welch showed up, just because it was so unexpected. And as a mother, when Zach appeared, I admit I cried.
The flashbacks were a treat. I got butterflies just hearing some of the old music themes. And Hope’s Massachusetts accent! I miss that! I just read an old interview where Kristian said that when she first joined the show, they said Hope had gone to boarding school in Boston, to explain her accent. I find that very cute.
But the capper was when “Tonight I Celebrate my Love for You” kicked in. What a surprise! I really miss all the great music from 80’s Days. I understand why they don’t do it anymore, but it added so much to the show. I’m really happy they’ve managed to bring a bit of that back, with Claire’s songs. But who can beat “Red Rain” playing as our guys got ready for action in Stockholm … “Don’t Give Up” as Kayla comforted Steve … “Wicked Game” for Jack and Jennifer … the end of the show music montages … and all the great, great couples themes, like this one.
In terms of plot, the whole episode was a bit thin. I do appreciate that Hope admitted that she lost her moral compass. But it felt a little bit weaselly to have Bo, and Zach, and Stefano (!) all come back to give her a pass and a blessing for not coming forward and letting Andre rot in jail. I’m glad they addressed the issue, though, and I hope it signals that the good guys might be a little bit more “good” going forward, because I’ve missed that.
And not to be a negative Nancy, but I also have to admit to some feelings of frustration. Things like this, great as they are, just make me realize how far the show has fallen. What does it say about the state of the current show that two of the best episodes in the last few months feature characters that they’ve killed off? “Hey viewers … here’s a glimpse of the show you could be watching, if we hadn’t killed everyone off!” (Yes, I know Peter wanted to leave. Still.) I’m not even a huge Bope shipper, but can I get excited about Hope’s choice between Rafe and Aiden after being reminded of this? Not just Bope, but when Days actually knew how to tell a great love story?