Hope Brady: The Model of Strong Woman

Hope Williams Brady has had her share of ups and downs as her story has played out on Days of Our Lives over the years.  I mean, she’s had a somewhat alternate personality (Princess Gina), she’s been a rookie, a cop and now it seems, plays the role of detective all too well in the not-so-busy Salem Police Department.

She’s had to endure the loss of a child (Zack), had to watch her oldest son move away with his own family, not to mention watch her own husband endure a fling with his former love, and finally, thanks to an addiction to pain meds, become a totally different “Hope”.  Yet through it all, Hope Brady has managed to draw viewers in, and love her for the character she is on Days.

I admit, I was saddened to hear that Bo was leaving the show.  For as long as I’ve watched Days of Our Lives, Bo and Hope were the “IT” couple.  My foolish heart thought that they could outlast anything, but sadly, my heart shattered when I realized Bo and Hope would be no more, given that Peter Reckell was exiting stage left, and my little bubble of soap love shattered in a flash.

However, watching the show as of late, and the times that Hope is on, I’ve come to view her as a woman who IS able to stand on her own two feet without the need for a man every two seconds (Yes, Sami, I’m looking at you!) Hope shows such poise in her actions–she’s always there for her family and her career, and never lets the little things get in her way.

In a way, I think it’s great that Hope is finally on her own.  It gives the character a chance to prove to everyone (characters and audience alike) that she can be happy being “single”, and raise her daughter to the best of her ability.  I have no doubt that Hope will always love Bo, but at the same time, now that there is no Bo Brady to speak of, Hope’s light can now shine from the inside out, and viewers can watch and learn that a woman was built to endure any hardship that would come her way by being strong-willed, independent, and yet, also learn when she needed to lean on her own family, and when she needed to stand on her own two feet and make a name for herself.

To me, Hope Brady does this, and so much more.


  1. Tammi says:

    I agree with you 100%. In the future, I would like to see a Hope and Rafe romance. Nothing for awhile yet.

  2. mike/ says:

    it still is silly that they aren’t explaining what/why Bo isn’t there. Hope always has this weird look when someone asks her, like something is wrong, but there has never been anything that pointed to there being a problem.

  3. Sheri says:

    Agree with Tammi above. Also, I remember when Hope and Bo were apart at one time she was involved with Patrick Lockhart, Mimi’s older brother. I liked the chemistry they had, I don’t remember who the actor was, but they sure lit up the screen with the sparks, maybe he could be brought back.

  4. Bobbie says:

    I keep hoping Peter Reckell comes back. He is suppose to be crusing with Shawn and Belle. I do think Rafe and Hope would make a great couple. Both cops. But noone can make chemistry like Bo and Hope. I miss his calling her fancy face.

  5. Barb says:

    I agree with you. I have watched Days since the very first episode and have always admired Hope Brady…..even thru her “problems”! I could never accept another Bo so somehow they are going to have to get THE Bo back!

  6. Nancy says:

    I agree 100% about Hope, and am sorry that Bo left, they made the perfect couple. However I am not going to watch anymore because you have let that old enough to be his grandmother Kate have a romance with Rofl. How sick is this. Please. I can take Sami with all her faults but not Kate, what a hag. I can even take Will and Sonny to an extent, after all I’m close to 80 years old, but please get rid of Nick and Kate, they deserve each other. And yes I know that its only a soap, but it seems quite real at times. As far as John and Marlena goes, get rid of John, he is such a fool, his is blaming Marlena for his problems and she has always been the one to stand beside the idiot all the time. Get him real of get rid of the whispering fool. These are my thoughts not anyone else’s unless they want them. So don’t judge me for thinking what I want to.

  7. shannon says:

    bring back peter recknell even if it has to be the other bo brady

  8. Polly says:

    I want Bo back, not a sub. Only Peter Reckell will do, Then I want BOPE to be the one stable couple like Mr. and Mrs. H.

  9. Mary says:

    I have been watching Dayssince I was born. I am an advit fan. Bo and Hope were an ideal couple and the younger Mrs and Dr H. As far as the resst of the characters Brady is really stupid to think Kristen really loves him. I think it will take Victor to put an end to it though. Poor sweet Maggie will get upset but charming Victor will help her get over it. Dr Jonas I like him and Jen together, they will work through it I LOVE the confrontations between Chloe and Nichole. Nichole is the perfect on because she was just like Chole and she sees all angles Chloe is coming from. Sami and EJ are a beautiful couple together and I really hope they make it work this time. Last but certainly not least I am SICK of the gay stuff. Get Nick off the show and put will and Gabby together.

  10. Linda says:

    I was devastated when Peter Reckell left the show, because his Bo Brady was the only one I remembered and I have always adored the character and his romance with Hope. Recently I saw a picture of the actor he replaced and a discussion of that actor being hired for the role once again. I’m hoping that happens! Days needs Bo and Hope!

  11. They need to bring Bo back and get rid of Kristin! She is a loser and does nothing for the show!

  12. Carole says:

    Get Peter Reckell back and back together with Hope. No other Bo will be the same. Also, get John back together with Marlena. I have watched the show from day one, but I am considering not watching any longer…I really can’t stomach the gay guys. How sickening.

  13. Tammy says:

    Come on writers of DOOLS bring back all of our loved super couples!!! Do you want to end up like all the other soaps? {on line}? Those soaps will never be the same, that loving feeling is gone….. Keep DAYS Alive!!! Make those ratings soar!!! You know you can be creative and if not the viewers have some great ideas, why not have a writers contest to see who can come up with some very terrific story lines to bring back and better love for the show! You never know you might find a talented writer whom you could offer a job too!!

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