I was thrilled when Hope and Rafe broke up.
This couple's relationship was, as Hope said, based on a lie.
It began with Rafe helping Hope cover up Stefano's murder, and viewers had to endure the loss of strong, feisty Hope and her replacement with some weak-willed person who just did whatever Rafe told her to.
It was painful to watch, especially after both Aiden and Bo were sacrificed just to put this incredibly mismatched couple together.
But ever since the break-up, one character after another has tried to convince Hope that Rafe is the love of her life and that she should give him another chance.
On Days of Our Lives during the week of 4-9-18, Hope told Rafe in no uncertain terms that she wanted an annulment and that their relationship was over, but he wasn't listening.
I'd like to be proud of her for finally standing up to Rafe's nonsense, but the argument went on for two episodes, and that makes me think that sooner or later this awful excuse for a couple will be back together.
In the soap world, couples breaking up is rarely the end of the story, and I get that, but I can't take another minute of Rafe and Hope.
View Slideshow: 19 Times Twins Got Too Twisted for TV Hope told Rafe that it was over, that their entire relationship was based on a lie, and that she didn't want to try to work things out. She had signed annulment papers and asked him to do the same.
Rafe's refusal to do so and the declaration that he was going to keep fighting for Hope wasn't romantic. It made him sound obsessed and possibly violent.
I don't like the fact that in general, on this show when there's a break-up, one character chases the other all over town begging them to change their minds. It's disrespectful, makes the begging character look pathetic, and sends the message that it's okay to refuse to take NO for an answer, especially from a woman.
And in Rafe's case, it's even worse.
Rafe has done nothing but belittle Hope and order her around from the beginning.
The broken engagement or "being on a break" or whatever the excuse is for Rafe sleeping with Sami happened because Rafe couldn't stand Hope's refusal to get with the program and set a wedding date when he wanted her to.
And at the time, I think there was also some other nonsense going on where he was telling her how to do her job.
View Slideshow: 13 Tear-Jerkers To Watch While You Wait For This Is Us Season 3 So, the break-up happened because Hope got sick of Rafe's attempts to control her, then Rafe had sex with Sami and lied about it for months, even including Hope's daughter in the cover-up.
And now Rafe is trying to force Hope back into a relationship she has said No to countless times by refusing to sign annulment papers.
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It is terrible writing, terrible me..