Pulling the plug on JJ and Gabi’s romance was one of Days of Our Lives’ worst mistakes, but the soap can totally rectify their blunder by reuniting the couple.
The pair’s connection was never more palpable than on the show’s riveting Christmas Eve episode when a distraught JJ (Casey Moss) was minutes away from committing suicide — until Gabi (Camila Banus) intervened and tenderly rescued him.
Saving A Life
Convincing her dear friend how deeply he was loved and how sorely he’d be missed, Gabi was able to stop JJ from making a horrific mistake and somehow persuade him to get help and give living another chance.
She relayed how she’d been in his shoes, after murdering Nick, and could relate to his guilt over shooting Theo (Kyler Pettis). Like JJ, she’d considering evening the scales by killing herself but realized it was not the answer. Through her story, she was able to reach JJ where others had failed.
An Unbreakable Bond
Not only was it a powerful turning point for JJ, but also for JJ and Gabi as a couple.
It showed their exceptional bond and ability to reach one another. While they are no longer lovers, they are still friends, who deeply care for and would always be there for one another in their hour of need.
A friendship that strong is the basis of real lasting love, and that’s something neither JJ nor Gabi shares with their current significant other, Lani (Sal Stowers) and Eli (Lamon Archey) respectively.
The Chemistry Factor
There’s also a unique “it” factor between Banus and Moss. The two actors share a sweet youthful innocence; yet, there’s also a smoldering chemistry between them, which was evident in their past love scenes.
That’s something that rarely happens and translates so effortlessly between performers. When it does, writers should recognize and run with it.
The Paige Connection
Another unusual tie between the pair is the late Paige (True O’Brien). By coming together, it’s as if JJ and Gabi are keeping the spirit of the young woman, who was special to both of them, alive. Through JJ, Gabi learns about the half-sister she never knew.
Through Gabi, JJ feels a rapport and compatibility similar to the one he had with his former girlfriend. It’s a serendipitous twist and a pairing that Paige would have likely approved.
Days of our Lives (DOOL) airs weekdays on NBC. Check your local listings for air times.