Over the rain-Bo

Salem says good­bye to fallen hero Bo Brady with a walk down mem­ory lane.

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Bo (Peter Reck­ell) has been count­ing down the days to his own death al­most since he re­turned to Salem on Tues­day 8 Jan­uary. There isn’t enough time to process ev­ery­thing be­tween his sis­ter Kayla’s (Mary Beth Evans) brain tu­mour di­ag­no­sis of Bo on Mon­day 14 Jan­uary to when he dies in his long­time love Hope’s (Kris­tian Al­fonso) arms on Mon­day 21 Jan­uary. Days fans, be warned: Peter and Kris­tian will make you cry in these scenes even though there is a tiny sil­ver lin­ing to Bo’s heart-wrench­ing death: Hope and Bo’s lives and spe­cial moments to­gether will flash be­fore our eyes (com­plete with orig­i­nal footage) on the day that he dies. “I hope you feel when you watch it that it’s just so pow­er­ful be­cause of the his­tory that we all have to­gether,” says Peter. “I was re­ally proud of the writ­ers and how they did this, as it’s a dif­fi­cult thing.” The fam­ily will share a cou­ple more pre­cious mem­o­ries on Tues­day 29 Jan­uary, the day of Bo’s funeral.


Peter tuned in for the episode when it aired in the US on 20 Novem­ber 2015 for one spe­cial rea­son – it in­cluded a song by his real-life wife Kelly Money- maker. “I usu­ally don’t watch my­self,” he ad­mits. “I think that mostly what af­fected peo­ple were the mem­o­ries. Most of those scenes were 30, 25 or 20 years old and that tells you the land­scape of who has been most af­fected by this. It’s those peo­ple who were chang­ing their high school and col­lege sched­ules so they could watch the show, pre-DVD and DVR, back when we were putting Days on our VCRs.”


Bo’s funeral and wake on Tues­day 29 Jan­uary will be in sharp con­trast to how

Ai­den (Daniel Cos­grove) – the mur­der­ous new hus­band that Bo killed on Tues­day 8 Jan­uary to save Hope – was dumped in a hole off­screen. Ai­den’s son

Chase (Jonathon McClen­don) stands over his dad’s grave on 29 Jan­uary and com­ments, “St Luke’s is go­ing to be full of peo­ple. The pa­per said ev­ery cop in the area is go­ing to be there. A real hero’s send­off. I didn’t have a funeral for you. I mean, come on, who would be there? Ev­ery­one in this town hates your guts. Be­cause of you, they hate me too.” But Bo’s daugh­ter Ciara ( Vi­vian Jo­vanni), who’s also now Chase’s step­sis­ter, reaches out to in­vite Chase to join her fam­ily in mourn­ing.


The burial it­self is over in a flash (we don’t see the St Lukes’ por­tion as the soap ap­pears to have re­tired the set), but in true Brady fash­ion, the fam­ily then gath­ers at the Brady Pub for Bo’s wake, which is much more of a cel­e­bra­tion of his life. As Bo’s mother Caro­line (Peggy McCay) tells Ciara, “Bo lived the life that he wanted. He did. I think that we should cel­e­brate that. We should cel­e­brate that he was with us as long as he was. And I think we should be telling sto­ries and lis­ten­ing to [Ir­ish band] The Clancy Brothers.” And she leads the Brady clan and Bo’s friends as they raise a glass, “To Bo Brady, a great man who loved his fam­ily more than life it­self.” And where is Hope is this mo­ment of cel­e­bra­tion? Out to avenge Bo’s death – as he would have hers.


Peter joined Days in 1983 and while many fans would think that he would choose a Bo-and-Hope mo­ment as his all-time favourite, he picks a dif­fer­ent kind of love story. “The story was Ro­man (Bo’s older brother, then played by Wayne Northrop), where he died in 1984 and we were on the beach. The re­la­tion­ship [with Hope] hap­pened be­cause of the ri­valry that Bo had with his brother, the com­pe­ti­tion for Pop’s (their pre­sumed dad Shawn Brady, played by Frank Parker) love. An­other thing the writ­ers are get­ting back to now is the Bo- Patch (Stephen Ni­chols) re­la­tion­ship. Day­time has had great romantic re­la­tion­ships, but they’ve for­got­ten about the male friend­ships and the fe­male friend­ships and the mom and dad and son re­la­tion­ships. Those are very pow­er­ful,” says Peter.

Bo’s last act alive is to kiss Hope. Patch, Hope and Kayla mourn Bo.

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