Flashback: Kayla Says Goodbye To Salem

You’re fourteen, male and have just openly wept in front of your mother during the middle of the day at the end of a daytime soap opera. You have witnessed sad occasions on your favorite soap before, for example the death of Hope Williams Brady, Isabella’s cancer and Bo’s touching eulogy at Hope’s funeral, but nothing even comes close to what you have just witnessed on your show, Days of Our Lives. You get up from the couch a touch embarrassed, but see that your mother has been crying just as much. How does one become overcome with such grief? You have grown up with Kayla Brady Johnson and all her trials and tribulations with Steven Earl Johnson in Salem. This time she is saying goodbye and doesn’t know "if and when" she’ll be back…

Without a shadow of a doubt, these are by far Days of Our Lives’ best written goodbye scenes. The direction, lighting, writing and production of the two scenes in this flashback video are the ultimate. Many, many soaps, daytime and primetime, tend to lose a lot of the "goodbye" feel when writing out characters. They either forget to have that one last scene with a loved one, or to pay their graveside respects to a character they have shared so much screen time with. All actors in the industry deserve a proper send off and in this instance, Days of Our Lives delivered. Kayla looked stunning. She sported a new hairstyle and a pretty yellow outfit. The gravesite where Steve "Patch" Johnson was buried was blossoming and green, while the show’s music was right on cue. The way she looked up to the sky, indicating her connection to Steve in heaven, the way she touched the grave and the moment when she laid the flowers was one huge bundle of superb. The defining moment was when she got up, walked, stopped and turned around for one last look. Brilliant. Cut to the final scene of the show where we are taken to the Brady mantelpiece, panning through a historical look at the old Brady photographs. Then start up Linda Ronstadt’s "Goodbye My Friend", followed by a series of Steve and Kayla flashbacks.

I challenge all the Daytime Confidential fans who love Days of Our Lives with every ounce of their heart to tell me that there was a better scene than this one. Was there? A lot came close, but this one takes it. WARNING: Continuous playback may lead to depression. Watch with caution (and with plenty of tissues). Where’s my box? Thank God I’m 30.

8 Responses

  1. Profile photo of Miry

    I totally just teared up a lil’ bit.
    This is why soaps used to be (& why they are no longer) good. We need good writing like this in our lives again.

  2. Profile photo of MyTime

    And this clip doesn’t even show Kayla’s goodbye party with her family. This clip is so heartbreaking, but I give all the credit to Mary Beth, she really knows how to pull emotions out of the audience. I know for a fact this is the most heartfelt send off ever on days that didn’t result from a death. I just love it so much cause it does make me feel all these emotions. I HATE it that Steve and Kayla got no what-so-ever goodbye this year, just never see them again. Just shows me that DOOL has no regards to their viewers these days, they just don’t care. It sucks.

  3. Profile photo of Dariclone

    OH MY GAWD! I’ve only *just* started watching DAYS and I almost cried a little. That was good soap. I can definitly see what Days used to be and it was fantastic.

  4. Profile photo of daysfan

    No doubt a true classic. but for MY money, I cried the most in the Final Wayne Northrop Roman scenes at the airport in 94.
    I will bring down the WRATH of many John and Marlena Fans no doubt.. but as someone who began watching LONG before anybody heard of The Pawn/John/Faux Roman/ Josh Roman/ Forrest Alamain Dimeara Ryan Brady (or whatver ID The departed Drake currently has) Deidre and Wayne were better. and anyone who watched them from the start KNOWS “Doc” would never have cheated with John on Real Roman, and He was the love of her life.. youtube the Airport scenes.. or the entire storyline before JOHN becomes Roman.,.oh and of course the scenes where Wayne “dies” in Bo’s arms after the falling from the cliff. AND Roman reading Birth of Jesus to (Andrea Barber) Carrie in the Hospital dressed as Santa, NO diss to the Steve and Kayla fans. I love them too. and am APPALED how Stephen and marybeth were treated.. but I began watching Days in 81/82 and The Original Cop and Doc, Tony and Anna, and Bo and Hope and Shane and Kim were always a bit ahead on my list of favorites.they brought me into the days World. Oh and of COURSE The Phoenix!

  5. Profile photo of salem1975

    Daysfan is correct. Having watched consistently for 34 years, no couple on DAYS could ever match Deidre and Wayne as Marlena and Roman. And that is a high compliment, because Doug and Julie, Steve and Kayla, Bo and Hope, Jack and Jennifer, and John and Marlena were and are classics (Note that all of them, except for Marlena and Roman, are living happily ever after either on or off screen!). But this scene is absolutely wonderful and MaryBeth is fantastic.

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