Bo and Hope, or Brady and Fancy Face depending on who you ask, have remained a beloved Days of our Lives coupling despite their parting by death nearly five years previous.
How Did Bo and Hope Meet?
The younger Brady brother was instantly smitten by the “little girl” sitting solo at a table meant for two. His request to join her was approved and he was both tickled and slightly annoyed when Danny, the bartender at Shenanigans, kept the young woman from having a drink.
When he offered a ride on his motorcycle, she accepted and despite driving her to the lake district where she and her parents resided, he never earned the privilege of “Lady X’s” real name.
Days later, their paths crossed again when he chanced upon her at The Body Connection, and he heard Marlena utter her name. It soon transpired that Lady X was the same Hope Williams that Bo, “use to play Doctor with,” during their childhood.
Their flirtation continued – he traded the “Lady X” moniker for “Little One” and she, in turn, called him Brady – but Hope actually had her heart firmly set on winning the affections of Bo’s older brother Roman. The fact that he was a very married man dissuaded her little.
Bo, on the other hand, was single and ready to mingle and he took great delight in razzing Hope. Knowing that Hope was manning the kissing booth at the town’s annual 4th of July fair, Bo bought a roll of tickets and informed her that he planned to spend each and every one at her location.
To his surprise, rather than dole out the usual peck on the cheek or chaste kiss on the lips, Hope pulled Bo towards her and gave him a smooch worthy of each and every purchased ticket!
In spite of their obvious chemistry, Hope continued to pine after Roman. Her schemes to unite them bore no fruit – though it did result in Bo punching Roman in the face! In the aftermath, Hope began to see Bo in a different, more romantic light and she began to pursue him in earnest.
Early Trials and Tribulations
But Bo was a hard man to pin down. He felt that the few years he had on Hope were an insurmountable barrier but “Little One” persisted. In a bid to prove her worth, Hope began to insinuate herself in the capers that Bo undertook in his capacity as a private investor.
First, they scavenged for clues to ascertain the identity of Renee DiMera’s assassin – and net the $100,000 reward offered by Tony – then they became embroiled in a plot to prove whether or not Liz Chandler was being mistreated at the women’s state prison.
And when Bo became involved in a feud with Pete Jannings (a member of the vicious Vipers gang) and received a brutal beating, it was Hope who dutifully tended to his wounds – even as Bo made desperate pleas for “Megan.”
But when Bo realized that Renee’s murder was the first in a series of grisly slayings, and Hope nearly became a victim of the so-called Salem Slasher, he attempted to push her away.
Further complications arose courtesy of Doug Williams, who suffered a serious coronary incident when he caught the two about to make love on the day Hope turned 18!
Between Doug’s vehement disapproval and his continued hunt for the serial killer, Bo did everything in his power to dissuade Hope from seeing him, even going so far as to fake a romance with gal pal Diane Parker.
That action spurred Hope into accepting Larry Welch’s marriage proposal. And though the politically-minded rogue was certainly a serious impediment to the couple’s eventual reunion, he was hardly the only hindrance.
In the ensuing decades, Bo and Hope would battle Stefano DiMera, the psychotically obsessed Megan Hathaway, The Dragon, a murder-minded political dissident, and the machinations of drug runners Victor Kiriakis (Bo’s biological father) and Savannah Wilder.
Further complications included Hope’s presumed death, her kidnapping by Stefano, and the brainwashing of which he subjected her. She would regain her stolen memories and battle both Billie Reed and her troubled aristocratic look-alike, Princess Gina while he would rid her life of usurper Franco Kelly and black widower Aiden Jennings.
Their initial deeming – held on May 23, 1985, in the Cotswolds – was completely paid for by the British Royal family. Subsequent ceremonies were held in 2000 (first in the hospital while they awaited the birth of their son and then a second before friends and family) and again in 2008.
A devastating miscarriage preceded the birth of Shawn Douglas Brady, who was eventually joined by the now-deceased Beauregard Isaac Theo Brady (AKA Zack) and Ciara Alice.
Bo and Hope – Parted By Death
Though Hope feared Bo had abandoned her and their family, it transpired that he had actually been held hostage. He valiantly fought his way back to his lady love, but upon reaching her, Bo was diagnosed with a fatal brain tumor and died in her arms. Days of our Lives (DOOL) airs weekdays on NBC. Check your local listings for airtimes.