Days of Our Lives has had no shortage of disappointing storylines, but when it gets it right, it really gets it right.
The show's 53rd anniversary on 11-8-18 mostly got it right.
Sure, there was some Gabi nonsense and Chad turned into his father for no apparent reason, but there was also plenty of romance, a wedding combined with some heartfelt family goodbyes, and a surprise replay of a message from the late Frances Reid, allowing Alice Horton herself to participate in the anniversary.
What a beautiful surprise! I watched the Frances Reid clip three times and it brought tears to my eyes every time.
For me, Alice Horton was DAYS for a very long time. Reid's death in 2010 left a gaping hole that has never quite been filled, and Alice and her husband Tom were the backbone of the show.
No matter what crazy things were going on in Salem back in the day, there was always a loving family to turn to, and Alice offered baked goods, a listening ear, and good advice to almost all of Salem.
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Seeing Reid's message to fans and the clip from the very first DAYS reminded me of why I love this show and why I continue to watch week after week even though sometimes it falls far short of what it could be and what it once was.
The surprise "visit" from Alice Horton and her portrayer came on the heels of John and Marlena's wedding. I'm not a big fan of this couple, but I did enjoy their heartfelt ceremony and especially that they were surrounded by family.
John: You know because of what has happened the last time we tried this, I have gained a fuller appreciation of what these vows mean. So I, John Black, take you, Marlena Evans, as my lawfully wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, til death do us part.
[Sami gives Marlena the ring.]
Marlena: Ooh. Look at you. [Turns to John] Wow. Last time we were here in this place trying to get married, I got myself injured. You took care of me and all of our friends that were here, they saw me through. They saved my life. So this is not really two people who love each other getting married. This is all our family and our friends being a big part of it. You know, I wanted to get married here because this is the place that the plaque for Tom and Alice was dedicated and they... they are the two people who showed me so much about what a marriage really is, and not because they didn't have problems but because when they had problems and they worked them out, their marriage was even stronger after that. I want that for us. I want us to celebrate every day as if it were our first together. And I will delight in you all the days of our lives.
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