WTF Wednesday: The John/Hope Marriage

With everyone clucking about Hope’s decision to divorce Bo, and Marlena having to tell the newly un-coma-ed John that their divorce is still in progress, I have to wonder: does anyone remember this debacle?


In 2012, John and Hope discovered that they’d gotten married in Alamainia while under Stefano’s mind control, so they traveled back there to spend several weeks sitting in a hotel room waiting to get their divorce. Stefano re-programmed them to steal some art or something, they overcame the brainwashing and returned to Salem, and the whole thing was basically forgotten until the new writers came in and mentioned that the divorce had gone through offscreen. Neither couple ever remarried onscreen, as far as I remember. So what marriages are they having dissolved, exactly?

You know how this makes me feel?


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10 Comments on “WTF Wednesday: The John/Hope Marriage”

  1. Dan Says:

    I didn’t watch much of MarDar because it was just so bad. Were John and Marlena still married when this happened? I thought John asked Marlena for a divorce during the whole “John Black stole my pension” fiasco?

    Since we didn’t see anyone report the marriage to the American authorities, we can just assume John and Marlena and Bo and Hope consider their last marriages legal. Imagine trying to explain to the government your marriage is invalid because you married someone else when under mind control.

    • mykleraus Says:

      I think he asked for a divorce and she refused. Then it all got resolved by Christmastime. I do remember John and Marlena freaking out the same way Bo and Hope did and a lot of talk about how BOTH marriages were being invalidated.

      You make a good point about reporting it to the American authorities, but why didn’t they just think about that then?! My head just exploded.

      • Dan Says:

        I remember this issue came up nearly a decade ago Jonathan and Tammy were the it couple on “Guiding Light.” On Tammy’s wedding day to Sandy, the Jonathan imposter, Sandy was arrested for bigamy. At first, I remember thinking it was lame because there was no way they could track marriages down like that. Then, they revealed Jonathan dropped the bomb on the police, which was equally revolting.

        Anyway, I don’t know why Tomsell didn’t just blame that disaster on Ian McAllister as well. I don’t care if it didn’t make sense it would just be nice to be done with it all.

      • mykleraus Says:

        I’m surprised they didn’t, honestly!

  2. Andie Says:

    That’s a great screen shot of Hope 😄 Ever notice she looks like Brooke Sheilds and Amanda Peete? Strange indeed, I didn’t follow that s/l as closely it was just too odd even for me…I tried so hard to unsee and I muted the TV when John and Hope hooked up in that submarine looking place while under the sea and Stefano’s control. I think that was also around the time Zack was conceived and Hope wasn’t sure if it was Bo’s…

  3. Kristian Alfonso was initially hired by Brian Frons because she looked like a daytime version of Brooke Shields (It wasn’t for her sharp acting skills at that time)

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