Peter Reckell's Five Best DAYSBy Janet Di Lauro Posted: Jul 27, 2004
1984: Bo kidnaps Hope from her wedding to Larry
"That was the ultimate romance story — the combination of Bo kidnapping the love of his life, Hope, from her ultimate moment: her wedding to somebody else. Bo charged into the church and took Hope against her will and, then, the two of them took off on the road, and she got into it. I had long hair. I got to ride a motorcycle, while they were playing "Holding Out for a Hero". It was pretty exciting."
1984: Bo and Hope's visit to Oak Alley plantation
"I have to mention the Oak Alley stuff. It was my first location shoot to New Orleans. It was pretty exciting for Kristian (Alfonso, Hope) and me to get out of the studio. We were young and working our hearts out, doing seven shows a week or something like that, but we loved it. Going to New Orleans was fun. We got to ride on a horse and carriage and so many other things down there. The people in New Orleans were amazing. They were very friendly and excited to see us. It made all the hard work that much better. The story was great, too. Bo and Hope had that fake wedding ceremony, dressed up like Rhett and Scarlett."
1995: Reckell's surprise return to the show as Bo Brady
"I liked the story when I first came back to the show, this last time. Bo was looking at the puzzle box and reading the note that Hope had put in it the day they got married. Bo read that note, looked at Gina and said, 'You're Hope.' It was the moment we figured out that Gina was Hope."
1995: The conclusion of the Bo/Billie/Hope story
"Things were good when Bo was in that love triangle with Hope and Billie, back when Lisa Rinna was playing Billie. There was an episode where Bo had to give Hope divorce papers. That whole show was pretty powerful. He ended his marriage to Hope and, that same day, Billie got on a plane and left town."
2003: Caroline Brady's passing
"All the 'deaths' on the show were piling up on me as a person. When it came time for Bo's mom's murder, they gave me some material where you could see his grief, not just the strong policeman. You got to see the son and person who was having to deal with all these deaths. It was written in a way that all that pain that was building up inside Bo could come out — the vengeance, the anger, the pain, the sorrow... We saw the anger he had toward Victor, as Bo was pointing fingers in the wrong directions, and, at the end of the show, the determination to really put things together and avenge his mother's death, along with everybody else's death."