BO & HOPE'S HISTORY!
This is from Kristian Online
Hope Williams' arrival back in Salem was typical of the way she did everything: She was in trouble. After hitchhiking her way across the country from boarding school, Hope found herself dumped unceremoniously on the side of the road just a few miles outside of Salem when she refused to "indulge" her driver. Detective Roman Brady found her there and returned her to the safety of her father and stepmother/half-sister, Doug and Julie Williams. Although Doug was delighted to have his little Princess back, Julie wasn't nearly so pleased. The sparks were flying between Julie and Hope almost immediately. The sisters were cut from the same cloth as their mother, and her mother before her: Impulsive, stubborn and feisty. Doug wanted nothing more than to keep the peace, but Hope seemed to make it her business to provoke him and Julie whenever and however she could.
One evening, Hope was hanging out at the local burger joint, Shenanigans, when a very cool guy in a leather jacket and sporting a beard and long hair walked in. They flirted and he offered her a ride home on his motorcycle. Doug and Julie were not pleased. Hope later learned that the sexy guy was none other than Bo Brady, an old childhood friend of hers. The sexual tension between the two was palpable. They bantered back and forth and Bo reminded Hope how they used to play doctor as kids. He inquired whether she still had that mole on her. . . "Shut up!" Hope snapped. She tried to act cool and disinterested, but her heart was thumping a mile a minute. And although Bo didn't want to admit it, he was attracted to Hope as well.
Things at home had become unbearable for Hope. She was fighting with Julie all the time. So she figured she would strike out on her own. She packed her bags and rented a room at a flophouse on the riverfront. Doug was frantic to find her and he enlisted Bo and Roman's help. Bo located her just in time to prevent her from being raped by a smarmy street thug. It would be the first of many times Bo would ride to Hope's rescue, her knight in shining armor.
Hope then went to spend the rest of the summer living at Roman and Marlena's and working as their au pair. Marlena, a psychiatrist, thought it might be best if the rebellious teen placed some distance between herself and Julie. After all, she wasn't a bad kid; just mischievous. Like all teenage girls, Hope was in love with the idea of love and had visions of white picket fences dancing in her head. Her budding feelings for Bo were so intense they frightened her, so Hope transferred them onto Roman instead. He was married . . . and safe. Bo teased Hope mercilessly about her "crush" on his brother, and Hope dismissed Bo as just a boy, not a man like his brother, and therefore unworthy of her attentions.
In an effort to "get her man," Hope came up with a crazy plot to get Roman alone at a remote fishing cabin where she then planned to seduce him. Roman put her off, of course, and Hope was in tears over being rejected. As Roman comforted her, Hope boldly made her move. She grabbed Roman and kissed him on the lips--just as Bo and Marlena walked in! Once again, Hope had managed to humiliate herself. Somehow, though, Bo couldn't seem to be angry with her.
Bo and Hope continued to tease and tap-dance and fight their growing feelings for one another, but it was obvious to anyone who could see what was developing between them. They were always finding excuses to spend time together. They shared their first real kiss at the annual Fourth of July picnic. Hope was manning the kissing booth and Bo presented her with 24 tickets and a kiss on the forehead. Not about to be written off as a little kid once again, Hope proved to Bo she was worth the 24 tickets and then some. She grabbed him and gave him a huge kiss on the lips. Bo left the booth with his head spinning, but not before presenting Hope with one extra ticket. "What's this?" she asked. "A tip," Bo replied.
Hope soon got an opportunity to repay Bo for the times he had (and would) saved her from her various scrapes and bungles. She followed him to an abandoned warehouse one night where he was jumped by a street gang known as the Vipers and was beaten and left for dead. Hope managed to drag Bo onto the back of his motorcycle and drive him back to his room where she nursed him back to health with soup and hamburgers and lots of TLC. It was then that she realized she was falling in love with him. After Bo had recovered, he attended a party with Hope at the Curtis estate. There in the stables, Hope confessed to Bo for the first time that she loved him. Although Bo couldn't deny to himself he was falling for her, he still wasn't ready to admit it out loud.
Hope only pursued Bo even more ardently after that. When he went undercover to Rinehart prison to spring Liz Chandler who had been framed for attempted murder, Hope tagged along and passed herself off as Bo's wife. They shared quarters there and it was becoming very difficult for Bo to be in such close proximity to Hope and still behave himself. Finally, Bo gave in to his feelings. He was prepared to embark on an honest-to-goodness relationship with Hope. To mark the milestone, he asked her out on a formal date. Hope could hardly contain her excitement. She ran out and bought a whole new outfit for the occasion. She had big plans for that night. If she had anything to do with it, it would be the night she finally lost her virginity and became a woman. When Julie caught wind of what Hope was planning she tried to talk her out of it, but it was useless. Hope had made up her mind. Luckily, fate intervened. Bo was helping Roman on a case and had to stand Hope up for their date. She waited on the pier for him for hours before giving up and going home. Poor Hope cried herself to sleep. Later, Bo tried to get her attention by throwing pebbles at her window. He wanted to apologize, but Hope just pulled the shades and went back to bed.
The next day, Hope had cooled her heels and she listened to and accepted Bo's explanation. She then invited him to make it up to her by escorting her to her 18th birthday party. Despite that it meant renting a tux, Bo agreed. Hope was thrilled. Not only would she have Bo by her side, but she had her trust fund at her disposal as well. Her mother had left her a huge inheritance, which she was due to receive on her 18th birthday. Hope was flush with the idea of being rich! She was spending money left and right on new clothes, buying gifts for her friends and relatives, and hiring disc jockeys to spin records at her party, despite her parents' objections. When Doug announced that she would be investing her inheritance and not spending it at the mall, Hope threw a fit. Fortunately, the excitement of her party took her mind off of things.
When Bo walked into the party and took a look at Hope in her blue satin ballgown, and she caught sight of him in his tuxedo, it was as though there was no one else in the room. They couldn't take their eyes off of each other. The electricity generating between them was enough to power an entire city. As they danced in each others' arms to their song, "Tonight, I Celebrate My Love," it was apparent to everyone that (in Julie's words) "they only had eyes for each other." Bo and Hope had fallen in love.
Later in the evening, Hope took Bo aside so they could exchange gifts. Now that she was rolling in money, Hope wanted to be generous with everyone so she had purchased "birthday" gifts for her friends. Hope opened Bo's gift first. It was a tattered book of poetry. Unimpressed, Hope tossed it aside, eager to see Bo's reaction when he saw her gift to him. He lifted the lid off of the box to reveal a cashmere jacket. Hope was far more excited about it than Bo was. It was obviously more a gift for her than it was for him. Bo was angry. Hope was trying to mold him into something he wasn't. They got into a bitter argument and Bo stormed off.
Feeling terribly that Bo was upset with her, Hope went running after him against her parents' wishes. She went to Bo's apartment to await his return. While she was there, she looked a little more closely at the book Bo had given her. There was an inscription on the inside to Bo from his father. The book had been a going-away gift to Bo before he entered the Merchant Marines. Hope felt just awful for having been so dismissive of the gift; it was something that obviously meant a lot to Bo and she was touched that he would share it with her. Bo, meanwhile, was out getting drunk and flirting with other women. He almost brought one of them back to his room, but then he remembered Hope and he couldn't bring himself to do it.
Bo wasn't pleased when he returned to find Hope in his apartment. The argument continued, and Hope, who was ashamed of her behavior, begged Bo's forgiveness. Standing with her back to him and her head hanging, he ranted on behind her. "I get so damned frustrated when you act like a little kid! I want you to be a woman with me, Hope! I love you, damnit, don't you know that?" Hope whirled around, lighting up like a Christmas tree. "You love me?" she asked hopefully. "Yeah," Bo replied, holding out his hand to her. Hope went to him and they melted in each others arms, falling onto the bed and kissing tenderly. "Make love to me," Hope whispered. Bo slowly started to remove her clothes. But before anything could happen, the night of passion was cut short by Doug who was pounding on the door, demanding to see his daughter. When Bo finally let Doug in and he realized that Bo was just about to deflower his little Princess, he collapsed on the steps, clutching his chest in pain. Doug was having a heart attack! Hope was frantic. It didn't help ease her guilt any when Julie placed the blame squarely on Miss Hope's shoulders. Hope was convinced her father's heart attack was all her fault. She made a vow to her Daddy as he lay in intensive care that she would stay away from Bo from then on.
Hope was finding it awfully difficult to keep her promise to Doug and Julie to stay away from Bo. Her heart was breaking--she missed him terribly. To keep his mind off of Hope, Bo kept himself busy helping Roman to clear himself of some phony murder charges. Hope kept finding herself in Bo's path, quite deliberately of course. Bo preferred her to stay away from him; he didn't want her finding herself in the middle of a dangerous situation. That's exactly what she did, however, when she followed Bo to a building that was wired with explosives. Bo had to keep his eye on Hope and therefore wasn't able to protect Roman when the building exploded. Roman was believed to be dead. Hope felt just awful. In fact, Roman was very much alive but he and Bo kept that fact a secret until they could crack the case. But Bo had to find a way to keep Hope out of his business and away from danger. So he broke up with her--cruelly. He told her they had no future together and for her to stay out of his life for good. He didn't love her anymore. And that was that.
Hope was devastated and she found solace in the arms of slimy district attorney, Larry Welch. Larry had his sights set on Hope. She would make a pretty little trophy wife and she was loaded to boot. He wined her and dined her and took her to Las Vegas where he proposed marriage. But try as she might, Hope couldn't seem to get her mind off of Bo. When she returned to Salem and found he had been injured in a shootout with Stefano and Andre DiMera, who were responsible for railroading Roman, she rushed to his side. But Bo didn't want to see her. His legs were paralyzed and he didn't want for Hope to see him like that. He instructed his friend, Diane, to turn her away. Diane, who had a thing for Bo, told Hope that the only person Bo was asking for was hs ex-girlfriend, Megan. Devastated, Hope went back to Larry and immediately accepted his marriage proposal.
Bo eventually regained the use of his legs and when he did, the first person he wanted to see was Hope. When he learned she was set to marry Larry, he panicked. He had to find her! She was in New York with Larry on a short trip. Larry tried to sweet-talk Hope into bed with him, but she put him off, telling him she wanted to save herself for her wedding night. Bo followed them to New York with Diane in tow, but missed them by about a half an hour. When he saw two beds had been slept in, however, he smiled and said, "She's still my girl."
On the plane back to Salem, Diane finally cracked and confessed to Bo that Hope and Larry's wedding was set to take place that day! Bo was frantic! He had to get to the church and stop the wedding before it was too late! He even stole a police motorcycle so he could make it there in time. Meanwhile, Hope was in the bride's room crying and looking at her reflection in the mirror, trying to convince herself that she was doing the right thing. Just then Bo burst in and announced he was taking her away. Too stubborn and proud to listen, Hope insisted he leave. "No," Bo said, "You're coming with me." The bride walked down the aisle as scheduled and exchanged vows with Larry. But when he lifted the veil, he didn't find Hope underneath, but rather Bo's P.I. friend, Howie Hofstedder, puffing away on a cigar! Larry punched Howie and the church erupted in chaos. What had happened to Hope?
What had happened to Hope was that Bo had dragged her onto the back of his stolen motorcycle, still dressed in her wedding gown, and had whisked her away from almost making the biggest mistake of her life. When they were far enough away from the church, Bo pulled the bike over and Hope immediately jumped off and took off running. Bo caught up with her and made her listen as he explained why he had been putting her off for so long. She tried to resist, but when he kissed her, she couldn't fight him off any longer. Bo and Hope went to her Aunt Maggie's farm and hid out in the barn where they could be alone and talk. They professed their love for each other and almost made love for the first time in the hay, but Hope was kidnapped by some thugs of Larry's and forced to write Bo a letter declaring that she hated him and never wanted to see him again. To prove they meant business, the next day Hope was given a glimpse of a badly beaten Bo being carted off to the hospital. Hope was then forced to visit Bo in his hospital room and confirm what she had written in her note. "I hate you!" she shouted through her tears. But she couldn't look at him. It was too painful. She fled from the room with Bo limping after her begging her not to go.
The second wedding to Larry went off without a hitch, although the bride was miserable the entire day and drowned her sorrows in one glass of champagne after the next. Now that Hope realized what a snake Larry really was and that he had blackmailed her into becoming his wife, she wasn't about to let him within ten feet of her. Their marriage remained unconsummated and Hope set up camp in the guest bedroom, although that didn't stop Larry from trying to get his paws on her. She was always beating him off. And as if it weren't difficult enough having to be in a forced and loveless marriage, Hope had to further contend with the reality that Bo was lost to her forever. He was spending more and more time with his old girlfriend, Megan, and it hurt Hope terribly every time she saw them together.
It all came to a head, however, when Hope was forced to fake her own pregnancy to keep Larry out of her bed. She doctored her own medical records to make it appear that she was already pregnant and informed Larry that she was carrying Bo's child! The pressure was too much for poor Hope, however, and she finally cracked and confessed everything to her grandmother. Mrs. Horton later arranged for Bo and Hope to meet secretly in the tunnels below Doug's Place. There, Hope explained everything to Bo. He was ecstatic and the lovebirds were reunited.
Hope had to stay married to Larry until they could figure out who was really behind the forced marriage. In the meantime, Bo went to work for Megan's father, Max, a wealthy banker and art investor. Although it was all part of an undercover case, Hope was jealous of all the time Bo was spending in Megan's company. She wanted to scratch her eyes out. It was painful for Bo and Hope to be separated, but Mrs. Horton arranged for them to share a few stolen moments in secret whenever they could.
Bo's case took him to New Orleans, where Max and Megan were hosting an art exhibit at the World's Fair. Larry went along, too, on the pretense of doing some political networking. Although Bo made Hope promise she would stay in Salem, she showed up in the Big Easy anyway to surprise him. He was so happy to see her he couldn't even be mad at her. He later enlisted her help in stealing a prism from a sculpture on display in the exhibit. To celebrate their success, Bo arranged for he and Hope to spend several languid days together at an old plantation outside the city called Oak Alley. There, Bo and Hope pledged their love to each other for all eternity and finally made love for the first time. It was a magical two days. Unfortunately, it was cut short by the arrival of Howie with the news that the prism was missing. Bo had to go back undercover and Hope had to resume her charade as Larry Welch's happy wife.
Bo and Hope were not back in Salem long before they were off on another adventure. While Bo was preparing to fill in for Roman on a journey to the tropics in search of Stefano DiMera, Hope's phony pregnancy was revealed. One of Larry's thugs had discovered the pillow under her dress. And since she wasn't pregnant, he figured that left him free to have his way with her. He pushed her down on the sofa and was about to rape her when Larry burst in and threw him off of her. The thug informed Larry that Hope had been lying to him all along, that she wasn't really pregnant. Larry was livid. Alone in the townhouse, the couple exploded into an argument that ended with Larry chasing Hope up the stairs. She turned around and with all of her might, belted him across the face. He went tumbling to the bottom of the staircase where he lay unconscious. Fearing she had killed him, Hope panicked and took off in search of Bo. His plane, a charter flight carrying several other Salemites, was taxiing toward takeoff when Hope came tearing down the runway. The plane stopped to let her on board and Hope collapsed in Bo's arms, relieved to be free of Larry at last but terrified at what it might mean if she had killed him.
As it turned out, Hope had bigger things to worry about. The plane she was aboard crashed on a deserted island, leaving the survivors wondering if they would ever be rescued. Bo and Hope made the best of it however, sleeping together on the beach under the stars, and frolicking in the surf. Hope had a close call, however, when she had an allergic reaction to a sting on the foot from a sting ray. She had a terrible fever and was hallucinating through the night, but Bo stayed by her side and by morning she was on her way to recovering.
Unbeknownst to anyone, Stefano was on the island searching for the second of the three prisms, and Roman was hot on his trail. Hope was alone on the beach when she spotted Stefano's yacht not far off shore. Not knowing who it belonged to, she started jumping up and down excitedly. While she had her back turned, two of Stefano's female goons sneaked up on her and grabbed her, taking her prisoner and hauling her off to the yacht. When Bo realized what had happened, he went out to the boat to rescue Hope. As the twosome were coming back to shore in a raft, they could see Stefano and Roman fighting on a clifftop. Bo watched as his brother fell several hundred feet to the wet sand below. He cradled his brother in his arms as he took his last breaths. After Roman died, Bo grew angry and distant. Hope was in great pain for him and it was hurting her that he shut her out. They group was rescued and when they returned to Salem, Hope announced to the waiting reporters that she was divorcing Larry to marry Bo. Bo had different ideas, however. Roman's death had altered his perspective. He started pushing Hope away. Eventually she realized that it was because he blamed her for Roman's death. If he hadn't been rescuing her, he could have helped Roman. Although it was painful for her, Hope abided Bo's wishes. She wasn't about to beg for his affections if he couldn't give them willingly. So she walked out of his life.
Hope suddenly found herself at a crossroads. Without Bo, it seemed that she was just wandering aimlessly through life, with no real direction or purpose. When Bo was arrested for starting a fist fight with a customer at his parents' fish market, Hope went down to the police station to check on him. She inadvertantly found herself in a line of applicants to the Salem Police Academy. When Abe Carver escorted Bo past and he saw the mistake she had made, he couldn't contain his laughter. The idea of Hope in the police academy? She might break a nail or mess up her hair! Bo's teasing only encouraged Hope to show him how wrong he was. On impulse and not about to swallow her pride, Hope announced she was submitting her application to the academy. Much to her surprise, she was admitted! She scored among the top five applicants on her entrance exam! Although it had started out on a dare, the idea of being a cop was beginning to appeal to Hope. It was something to do with her days besides shopping and going to lunch, and she could be of service to people as well.
Hope's first day at the academy was a huge wake-up call. She showed up in a full-length fur, her hair coiffed and perfectly made up. She was ridiculed by her instructor in front of the entire class for being a princess. She fled in humilation and went straight to Abe, demanding the instructor be reprimanded, but Abe told her to suck it up. Bo ran into her in the hallway and tried to convince her that she was in over her head. That only steeled her resolve, so Hope did as Abe suggested: She sucked it up. The next day she showed up for class in a pnytail and sweats and raring to go.
Christmas soon rolled around and Bo came to the Horton party to present Hope with a gift: A music box that played their song. Things seemed to be looking up between them but then Bo announced in front of everyone that the best gift Hope could give him would be to give up the police academy nonsense. And the fight was back on. Later in the week, Hope decided to try to make up with Bo and she went to his apartment with his Christmas gift in hand. She was shocked to find him there with her best friend, Melissa, in what appeared to a be a compromising position. Hope thrust the gift across the room, shattering it into dozens of pieces and ran out in tears. Melissa later came to Hope, begging her forgiveness. And although Hope believed her friend when she told her nothing had happened between her and Bo, Hope was still hurt that it seemed that Bo still would rather spend his time with anyone but her.
In an effort to keep her mind off of Bo, Hope threw herself head first into her studies. Although she was having no trouble with the books, Hope found herself struggling with some of the physical tests that were part of her training, and so she took up her old childhood sport of ice skating to help her get into shape. She was at the academy all day and skating all evening, and by the time her head hit the pillow every night, she was so exhausted she didn't have time to wallow in her sadness about Bo. Bo, meanwhile, was starting to come out of the fog he had been in since Roman's death. He was back working on the prism case and using his connection to Megan to get more information. When Megan figured out that Bo was still hung up on Hope, she became obsessed with her. She started tracking her every move and soon learned that Hope went to the local health club every evening after a couple of hours at the ice rink in order to unwind in the hot tub. Megan hatched a plot to have Hope electrocuted in the hot tub! Unfortunately, it backfired on her when she and Larry got into an argument at the club and she fell and hit her head, killing herself instantly. Larry slipped her lifeless body in the hot tub and left, leaving Hope to find her. Hope was immediately fingered as the prime suspect, since she was at the scene and she and Megan were such bitter enemies. When Bo heard about Hope's close call, he rushed to her side. She was in shock as he held her in his arms, rocking her back and forth and comforting her.
When Hope learned that Bo was still working on the prism case, she wanted in. Bo, as usual, wanted her to stay out of it. But Hope does what Hope wants, so when she overheard that the third and final prism was going to be arriving in Salem with a Russian ice skating troupe, she made sure she got herself a job as a security guard working the door to the arena where the skaters would be performing. Hope's presence there allowed Bo to get access to the prism, but he lost it when one of Stefano's goons started chasing him around the arena. Later, after everyone had gone home, Hope found herself locked in the arena for the night. Bored, she strapped on a pair of skates and hit the ice. In her mind, she fantasized that she was gliding and twirling and leaping across the ice in a private show just for Bo. As she came out of her fantasy, she was surprised to find Bo seated in the third row watching her and clapping. As she skated to him, she tripped over something in the ice. The prism! They chipped it out of the ice and congratulated themselves on a job well done. Then they spent the night together in one of the dressing rooms, cuddled up under a comforter with only each other to keep warm.
The prism found its way into a headdress of one of the costumes for the ice show, so Hope had to pose as one of the skaters in order to retrieve it and found herself skating in the show. She was quite a hit, considering she didn't know any of the routines! Her flubs and falls were intrepreted by the audience as comic relief. As the curtain came down, however, Stefano and his goons descended on her and wrested the prism away from her. It was later recovered and Bo and Hope headed back to his apartment to unwind. Bo had had a bit too much to drink at their celebratory dinner and Hope had just deposited him on the bed when two of Stefano's goons showed up demanding the prism. Hope told them they didn't have it. They were about to shoot Bo when Hope begged them to spare his life. As it turned out, Bo wasn't as drunk as he appeared to be. While he fought with the male thug, Hope and the female struggled over the gun. In the scuffle it went off, seriously wounding Hope in the abdomen.
Hope's condition was critical and Dr. Neil Curtis advised Bo that if Hope was going to pull through, she needed a positive, concrete goal to focus on. Bo knew exactly what to do. He disappeared briefly and came back with a diamond engagement ring in hand. Although she was groggy and disoriented, when Bo asked her to be his wife, Hope happily accepted.
As Hope recovered from her gunshot wound, she and Bo tried to plan their wedding, but everyone kept interfering with suggestions. Bo suggested they elope and Hope was delighted with the idea! Their first attempt was foiled by a surprise engagement party, but the second time, Bo was able to climb up to Hope's window undetected to steal her away. They made it all the way to New Orleans before they changed their minds. When they got married, they wanted the whole world to be there. So they headed back to Salem, still single.
No sooner had they arrived home then they found themselves embroiled in a new adventure. A criminal by the name of The Dragon was plotting to kill all the aristocrats in line to the British throne. Hope happened to spot him in the act of killing a crown prince and so she suddenly had a price on her head. Bo was determined to solve the case before they married. He wanted Hope to stay put in Salem while he went to England in search of The Dragon, but Hope accused him of using the case as an excuse to avoid commitment. Bo relented and allowed her to tag along. He was traveling under the guise of a rock singer and Hope was to be his roadie. The first time Hope heard Bo sing, she wasn't sure what to expect, but he was a huge hit and she quickly became his biggest fan.
While setting up for a concert in London's Covent Gardens, The Dragon got a fix on Hope. She took off running through the streets of London, but The Dragon caught her and took her back to his country estate. Hope managed to escape by diving into the icy moat surrounding the castle and letting him think she had drowned. Later, she and Bo foiled The Dragon's plan to assassinate several royals at a formal ball. As a reward, they were granted a lavish wedding in a charming country church outside of London, all expenses paid. All of Salem was flown in for the occasion. Hope was stunning in her handmade gown and as she beamed at Bo, she was only that much more beautiful when the archbishop pronounced them husband and wife.
The honeymoon was cut short when the newlyweds were arrested, Bo for stealing a policeman's horse in order to make it to the church on time and Hope for firing a gun in the middle of the police station in an effort to get everyone's attention. The Bradys spent their first night together as husband and wife in separate jail cells.
Back in Salem, Hope went back to police academy where she graduated fourth in her class. She was assigned to a beat with a contentious classmate named Norma. Norma felt Hope was too prissy to be a cop and Hope thought Norma had a chip on her shoulder. They were always at each others' throats, but slowly as they spent more time working togther, they began to forge a friendship.
A swarthy man with a patch over his eye showed up in Salem and immediately set to work tormenting Bo and Hope. Patch Johnson had known Bo from his days in the Merchant Marines and he knew something about Bo that Bo definitely didn't want Hope to find out. Hope never could stand it when someone had a secret and she wasn't let in on it. She was fascinated with Patch and yet repulsed by him at the same time. She just wanted to know what Bo was keeping from her. Tension developed between Bo and Hope as Hope kept snooping around against Bo's wishes.
Meanwhile, Bo was working on drug case that took him to New York. Feeling badly that she was stirring up trouble needlessly, Hope joined him there and the newlyweds turned the trip into a mini-honeymoon.
When they returned to town, Bo's drug case exploded. Hope and Norma were on to a tip that there was corruption in the police department. They made the grave mistake of telling Police Chief Cates--he was at the root of it all. One night on the pier, Norma was shot, and as she lay dying in Hope's arms, she whispered to her that Cates had been the one who had pulled the trigger. Hope put it together that he was on the take and she raced to tell Bo. The two of them got in the car and sped out of town with Cates on their tail. He ran their car off the road and managed to round up Bo, but Hope had tumbled to the bottom of a ravine. When he went back to find her, she was gone.
While Bo languished in prison, Hope was recovering from her injuries at a monastery just outside Salem. A kindly and handsome monk, Brother Francis, had found her and brought her back to the monastery with him. When she was well enough to explain her situation, she managed to convince Francis to let her hide out there while she regrouped and thought of a way to find Bo. Hope and Francis came up with the idea to hide a note in a loaf of bread and deliver it to the Brady Fish Market where Bo's parents were sure to find it. When the note was discovered, Alice Horton took it to Bo who had escaped from prison and was hiding out in the tunnels. He bolted off in search of his wife. Meanwhile at the monastery, Hope and Francis had grown closer. Although Hope thought of him only as a friend, Francis couldn't help feeling more for Hope and he kissed her! Feeling guilty, he went to confession and spilled the beans to the priest. Only it wasn't a priest, it was Chief Cates in disguise! When he learned where Hope was hiding he went after her. He pulled a gun on her, but Francis jumped in the way to defelct the bullet. Just then Bo rushed in to save the day, and he and Hope raced into each others' arms, reunited at last.
The excitement wasn't over yet, however. Bo and Hope's next adventure took them to Miami in search of a mysterious treasure. All they had to guide them were four clues written on note cards. Patch Johnson was desperate to get his hands on them and he trailed them to Miami. Bo and Hope's first stop was the Orange Bowl, where they speculated that the treasure might be hidden in the locker room. They were wrong, but they took the opportunity to play a little one-on-one football, which ended in a kiss on the goal line.
Patch kidnapped Hope and told Bo he could have her back in exchange for the four clues. In the meantime, Patch entertained himself by tying Hope up and letting her think he might try to have his way with her. Then he tormented her further by pretending to rig up a pan full of acid over her head. When Bo came in to save her, Hope was terrified that the acid would come splashing down on her face and burn her. In fact, it was only water. Hope was terribly shaken up by the incident, but she recovered.
Bo and Hope believed that Victor Kiriakis, a Salem business tycoon who also happened to be the man behind the drug ring they were trying to bust, had his sticky fingers in the treasure mystery as well. They thought if they could just make it onto the grounds of his Miami estate, they might find what they were looking for. Hope came up with the perfect way in: She rented some scuba gear and she and Bo snorkeled onto the property.
Although they didn't find a treasure, they did find a book and it led them to the treasure itself: It was buried underwater beneath Kiriakis's yacht! Bo and Hope donned their scuba gear again and went out to retrieve it. When they resurfaced, Patch and Savannah Wilder were waiting on the deck of the yacht pointing a gun at them. Patch tied them up on the boat, but they managed to free themselves. What no one realized was that the treasure chest was rigged to explode five seconds after being opened! Fortunately, Bo and Hope leapt to safety and ducked underwater just in the nick of time.
Back in Salem, Patch continued to tease Hope with the knowledge of Bo's secret. Bo finally gave in and confessed to her that he had known Patch in Stockholm during his stint in the Merchant Marines and that he was the one who had put Patch's eye out in a knife fight when he found him in bed with his girlfriend. Hope was relieved that Bo had finally confided in her, but Patch led her to believe that there was still more Bo wasn't telling her. Hope went to see Bo's mother and, on the pretense of wanting to put together a scrapbook for Bo, asked if she could sift through some of Bo's belongings from his Merchant Marines days. She was particularly interested in finding out more about this girlfriend, Britta, who had provoked the fight between Bo and Patch.
Hope went to Bo's old P.I. partner, Howie, for help. She found herself alone in his office one afternoon when a potential client came in looking to hire a detective. It seemed she had attended a magic show and had offered her pearl necklace to the magician to use in one of his tricks, but the necklace he returned to her was a fake. Without ever consulting Howie, Hope agreed to take the case. She went undercover as the magician's assistant and at the next show, she busted him in front of the entire audience! It was such a rush for Hope! She announced to Abe that she was turning in her badge and going to work as a P.I. instead. It took a little convincing to get Howie to agree to her being his new partner, but once he saw all the positive press being generated by Hope's collar, he caved in. Of course, all the charm Hope was pouring on didn't hurt either. Once they became partners, Hope announced to Howie that their first order of business would be tracking down some information on the mysterious Britta.
On New Year's Eve, Bo presented Hope with a wonderful surprise: The keys to their very first home. It was a loft apartment in an up-and-coming neighborhood along the riverfront! Hope was delighted--Bo's old basement apartment had been so cramped. The loft was light and airy and it actually had a separate bedroom. And then there was the fireplace. Bo and Hope rang in the new year making love on a bear skin rug in front of that fireplace. Hope was optimistic that 1986 promised wonderful things for them and Bo assured her it would.
Despite his promise to Hope that 1986 would be a good year, it began on a sour note when Bo's past finally caught up with him. His and Hope's good friend, Shane Donovan, an ISA agent, was arrested for treason in connection with an incident that had taken place in Stockholm several years earlier. Shane was accused of trading secrets to the KGB. In fact, Bo was the one who had turned over those secrets, albeit unwittingly. He was arrested and thrown in jail. At first Hope couldn't speak to him. Not because she was ashamed of him, but rather because she was so hurt that he thought she was so shallow she would abandon him had he told her the truth. Bo asked if she could ever forgive him, but Hope wasn't sure. After thinking it over, however, Hope decided her love for Bo was more important than anything. She believed him when he said he was framed and she was determined to help him clear her name, but as usual, Bo wanted her to stay out of it. And as usual, Hope didn't listen. She went to Patch and begged for his help. Much as he enjoyed hassling her early on, he had to admit he admired her fire and spirit. And Bo had been a friend at one time. It didn't take too much convincing for Hope to talk Patch into accompanying her to Stockholm.
When Bo found out from Melissa that Hope was in Sweden with Patch, he busted out of prison and went chasing after them. In Stockholm, Patch and Hope were bonding. Deep down, Patch really cared about Bo and Hope and he wanted to help however he could. When Bo arrived and found them in the same hotel room together, he nearly tore Patch limb from limb, but Hope stopped him. She convinced them both that they were all best off working together. Hope had a really calming effect on both of them. The trio followed some leads that led them to a train station near the Norway/Sweden border. There they discovered a mysterious man who was carrying a passport with none other than Britta's picture in it! Although Britta was a blonde, she was disguised as a brunette in the photo. They soon found that the man was in fact Britta in disguise! Britta was running from the KGB, who were hot on Bo, Hope and Patch's trail. Hope arranged for a switcheroo in which she took Britta's place on the train and Britta, donning a dark wig and Hope's coat, slipped away undetected.
Not to be outdone, the KGB kidnapped Hope and informed Bo that he could have her back only in exchange for Britta. Bo was in a bind. He needed Britta's testimony to clear his own name, yet he wasn't about to leave Hope inside the Soviet Union. He called Shane and came up with a plan to lure Hope away from the KGB and yet keep Britta as well. Hope was so relieved to be back in Bo's arms. She was not as pleased to have Britta back in her husband's life. The two women were more than a bit jealous of each other and it bothered Hope so much that Bo, Britta and Patch shared something she wasn't a part of that one night at dinner while they were laughing and reminiscing, she deliberately broke a plate on the floor to get Bo's and Patch's attention. It was just that sort of competitiveness that characterzied Hope and Britta's relationship.
After Britta testified on Bo's behalf and cleared his name, he and Hope took off for a few days of R&R. But they returned home to still more danger and intrigue. Marlena had been kidnapped by John Black, the Pawn, a man who had been brought to town by Kiriakis and whose past was a mystery. Marlena managed to get a call through to Bo to beg for his help. The situation was made even more perilous by the fact that Marlena believed John might in fact be Stefano! They were holed up in the woods in West Virginia. Hope naturally wanted to go with Bo, but he made her promise to stay behind. He and Shane would handle it. When they arrived in West Virginia, who should pop up in the backseat of the Jeep but Hope. Bo was exasperated but glad to see her nonetheless. Her presence came in rather handy when the three of them were arrested by a local sheriff for trespassing and Hope worked her wiles on the guy long enough for Bo and Shane to wrestle the key to the jail cell away from him.
The trio tracked John and Marlena through the wilderness for several days, and Hope was beginning to worry that Bo was becoming consumed with hunting them down so he could kill John, who he believed to be Stefano. One night, as they sat alone in front of the campfire, Hope expressed her concern about Bo's obsession, but he stopped her by putting his finger up to her lips. "No talking tonight," he whispered. They made love under the stars.
Finally they caught up with John and Marlena running alongside the embankment of a river. Some campers nearby had left their rafts on the shore, so John dragged Marlena into one and they headed downstream. Bo, Hope and Shane jumped into the second one and gave chase. John and Marlena eluded their captors when the rafts capsized! Everyone made it to safety except Hope. She was being swept along the raging rapids with nothing but her lifevest to keep her afloat! Bo was frantic running up and down alongside the river searching for her. At last she floated into view. He and Shane managed to grab for her before she rushed past them toward the waterfall further downstream. She was shaken and sore, but as always, Hope was a survivor.
As it turned out, Bo and Hope weren't the only ones trailing John Black, the Pawn. The KGB were in the woods looking for him, too. . .and among them was the same KGB agent who had been tricked by Hope back in Sweden! Hope wandered off on her own and stumbled upon what appeared to be an abandoned rangers' station. In fact, it was a KGB hideout! Ingrid, Hope's KGB nemesis, was about to kill Hope when Hope wrestled the gun away from her and shot her instead. Bo soon came to her aid. Hope was devastated when she realized that she had killed someone. Bo tried to reassure her that she had only done what she had been trained to do, but she was inconsolable. Back in Salem, Doug was back in town and he threw a special party for Bo and Hope to celebrate their first wedding anniversary. The festive mood went sour, however, when Caroline announced to Bo that Victor Kiriakis was his biological father. Bo went into a tailspin and it was Hope, as always, who was there for him. His rock. Then Bo got the crazy idea that since Victor was his father, he and Hope would move into his mansion. Hope was dead-set against it. She despised Victor and she couldn't understand what Bo's motivation could be. Yet she packed her bags and went because her place was by her husband's side.
Things became even more complicated when Hope discovered she was pregnant. Apparently it had happened that night out in the woods when they were searching for Marlena. Every time she tried to tell Bo, something would happen, or Bo would say he was so glad it was just the two of them, that if they had children it would only complicate things, and she would chicken out. Finally, she just blurted it out. Bo was stunned. His reaction was not what Hope had hoped for. Eventually he warmed up to the idea, but the strain of living in the Kiriakis mansion with a man she hated, alienating Bo's real family and seeing her husband growing closer to Victor was weighing heavily on Hope. She and Bo were bickering all the time. When Bo announced he was leaving for several weeks on a business trip to Europe because Victor had asked him to, that was the last straw. Hope informed him that she was packing her bags and she was moving out: Out of the house and out of his life.
Then the worst happened while Bo was gone. With her marriage crumbling around her, Hope felt like she was out of control. One afternoon, while walking on the pier, she collapsed with an indescribable pain in her stomach. Patch found her and she was rushed to theh hospital. There, she miscarried her baby. She asked Kimberly, Bo's sister, to track Bo down in Europe but he never returned her call. Hope was devastated. How could Bo have left her alone at a time like this? When Bo returned and learned what had happened, he went straight to Hope to beg her forgiveness. But this time, he had gone too far. Hope had aleays been there for him. She was always giving and giving. And the one time she needed Bo the most, he wasn't there. It was over as far as she was concerned. There was nothing he could do to recapture what they had once had.
That didn't stop Bo from trying. He chased Hope all over town, turned up wherever she did. Finally, he decided to just take her away . . . on the honeymoon they had never had. He kidnapped and took her to a hot air balloon that whisked them away to a private island retreat. Hope still wasn't prepared to forgive Bo, but he was wearing her down with his determination. She almost left him there, but when she realized that leaving that island meant turning her back on her marriage and on Bo for good, she couldn't do it. Although they had a lot of work to do to repair all the hurt and the damage to their relationship, it was something she wanted and needed to do. They spent the next several days together playing all day and making love all night.
It was not all so magical when they returned to Salem, however. Bo wanted to move right back into the Kiriakis mansion. Hope positively refused. This time, she had divorce papers drawn up, which Bo refused to sign. In the meantime, Hope was keeping herself busy helping John Black, who everyone had learned was really Roman Brady, in trying to find Marlena who had been abducted by an old adversary. One of their leads took them to Stockholm. When Bo found out Hope was headed there and into a load of danger, he tried to stop her. She informed him he had no business sticking his nose in her affairs; they were through. Bo realized he was about to lose Hope for good unless he came clean. He informed her that the reason he was cozying up to Kiriakis and pretending to enjoy being his son was because he was trying to get the goods on him so he could send him away for good. This shed a whole new light on things. Now it all made sense, and this was the Bo who Hope knew and loved. They were back together in private but maintained the facade of the Battling Bradys for everyone else.
When Hope returned from Stockholm, she explained to her grandmother the situation with Bo and lamented how they had to pretend to hate each other. Not to mention that it was so difficult to find any stolen moments to spend together. As always, Alice was happy to arrange a few secret rendezvous for her favorite granddaughter and her husband. One night, while Bo and Hope were spending a few hours together in the loft, Bo confessed to Hope in frustration how tired he was of pretending to hate his real family. He just wanted this thing with Kiriakis to be over so he and Hope could concentrate on their own lives and start a family of their own together. "We're going to," Hope told him with a smile. Bo could hardly believe his ears! Hope was pregnant again? So soon? He picked her up and swung her around and promised her that this time would be different. She and the baby were going to be perfect.
When Kiriakis learned that Bo was double-crossing him, Bo had to backtrack and start at square one to earn back his trust. And that meant moving back to the mansion despite that Hope wanted to live in the loft. She agreed nonetheless, and even went along with Bo's plan to change their last name to Kiriakis to please Victor. When the holidays rolled around, however, Bo tried to be the dutiful son and share them with Victor, but he ended up at the Bradys. And Hope was delighted. After dinner at the Bradys, she and Bo went to the annual tree-trimming at her grandparents' house and not only did they hang their own ornaments on the tree, but they hung a third one for their new baby-to-be as well.
Things were finally settling down for the Bradys as the new year began. Hope was nesting, and although she was looking forward to becoming a mother, she was rather depressed about her appearance. All she saw when she looked in the mirror was an enormous fat woman. She announced to Bo she wasn't leaving the house until the baby was born. Bo proved to her that she was beautiful and desirable even if she was a little larger than usual by making love to her then and there. That cheered Hope up considerably. The only thing that bothered her was the prospect of giving birth to their child and having to bring him home to raise in the Kiriakis mansion. It was like a mausoleum to her. As it turned out, that never became an issue. Victor had realized that no matter how hard he tried to make Bo his own, he couldn't do it. Bo was a Brady. He always had been and always woudl be. Victor had phony papers drawn up to "prove" he couldn't possibly be Bo's father. Bo and Hope didn't waste any time moving out of the mansion and into Kimberly's old apartment. It was small and modest, but it was theirs.
On April 7, 1987, Hope had her first labor pain. Bo had to steal a car to drive Hope to the hospital after their own car broke down. Other than that, Shawn-Douglas Brady was welcomed into the world without a hitch . . .other than Bo's passing out in the delivery room. Now with a new baby in their lives, it occurred to Bo and Hope that they needed to make some plans. While walking along the pier one afternoon, Bo saw a boat for sale and it dawned on him all at once what he needed to do.
Bo came home and announced to Hope he had a surprise for her. He blindfolded her and took her down to the pier and when he whipped off the blindfold, she found herself standing on the deck of a sailboat surrounded by a picket fence. The boat was named the "Fancy Face," Bo's nickname for her. All at once, Hope realized what it meant: The boat was theirs! She finally had the white picket fence she had always dreamed of. And she had the love of her life and a new baby boy. What more could she ask for?
She just wanted to know one thing: "What are we going to do with her?" she asked, referring to the boat.
"We're going to sail her off into the sunset," Bo replied.
Which is exactly what they did.