In Kristian Alfonso’s 30-plus years on Days of Our Lives, she’s seen Hope through everything from amnesia to resurrection. So you’d think that no twist of plot would be challenging enough to rattle her. Yet the soap legend tells TVLine that she was “scared to death” by the prospect of taping this Wednesday’s show (NBC, 1/12c), in which her character reunites with people from her past as she attempts to decide the course of her future.
“I called it the Scrooge episode, because Hope goes to the Horton cabin to think without any distractions and just breathe,” the actress previews, “and, of course, as soon as she exhales, she’s visited by many people.”
Foremost among them is the Salem P.D. detective’s late husband, Bo, played by Alfonso’s longtime leading man, Peter Reckell. “Just imagine that you were given the opportunity to feel like you could hold someone that you loved so deeply and so purely one more time — there are no words to express” that enormity of emotion, says Alfonso, adding, “There are certain moments in this episode that I felt were so Bo and Hope.”
Also reconnecting with the heroine during her reverie will be her former tormentors, Stefano and Larry, as well as Zack, the son she and Bo lost to a hit-and-run accident in 2009.
As for whether these reunions help Hope resolve her dilemma — should she start over with back-from-the-dead husband Aiden or take a chance on a relationship with her enamored partner, Rafe? — Alfonso says, “I don’t know if [she leaves with] a clearer picture of what her game plan is, but something within her steadies her being. She comes away with some strength to stand up, travel the distance and not be afraid.”
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