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    A Look Back at Belle and Shawn

    Tuesday, March 25 2008

    Photo by Chris Haston/NBC Universal)
    They made their tearful goodbyes yesterday on Days of Our Lives to set sail around the world, giving Belle and Shawn their happily ever least for now. So now that they've left Salem, we're taking a look back at this young couple's long road to happiness.

    Their families have always been close (her sister Sami is his cousin afterall) and the two began dating in high school. After falling in love, Shawn helped out classmate, Jan Spears cover up her pregnancy as a result of a rape, by claiming the baby was his. His relationship with Jan would prove to have far reaching consequences, but at the moment, it ruined his relationship with Belle.

    The truth about Jan's baby eventually came out and the high school sweethearts reunited. They quickly grew apart once again though when Belle lied for her mother, Marlena during the Salem Stalker mystery. Shawn took off on his motorcycle one night and seemingly disappeared. Belle was a mess after Shawn left and turned to his uncle and their mutual friend Philip Kiriakis for comfort, not knowing Shawn was actually being held captive by the above-mentioned Jan.

    By the time he escaped crazy Jan, Belle and Philip had become a couple and even had sex, even though Belle and Shawn once vowed to wait until marriage. One cold evening, Belle and Shawn found themselves trapped in a barn together and took off their clothes to create some body heat. However, hypothermia set in and they didn't remember having sex together.

    Belle later married Philip, and Shawn and Mimi (Belle's best friend) followed suit. Belle discovered she was pregnant and since she didn't remember having sex with Shawn assumed the baby, Claire, was Philip's. However, the truth about Shawn being the father eventually came out and Philip took off with Claire, fearing he would lose his "daughter" to Shawn. Once she got her daughter back, Belle left Philip and Shawn left Mimi after he learned she knew Claire was his all along.

    Photo by Paul Drinkwater
    Both now single, Belle and Shawn still faced a bumpy road, as Shawn began dating ex-hooker, Willow. That didn't last long however and Shawn tried to rebuild his relationship with Belle. During this time, Philip set out to gain custody of Claire by making Shawn and Belle look like unfit parents. Philip was awarded temporary custody of Claire and Belle and Shawn took their daughter on the run.

    While on the lam, Shawn and Belle officially reunited, eventually came to an understanding with Philip and returned to Salem. Belle and Shawn planned to marry, but Belle soon found herself drawn to her ex-husband. After the "death" of her father, John Black, Belle acted on her feelings and slept with Philip. She eventually decided Shawn was the man for her, but he found out about her affair and ended things with Belle. Claire was then kidnapped by Crystal Miller, acting on Colleen Brady's orders and Belle and Shawn patched up their relationship while in Ireland looking for their daughter.

    They are now hitting the open waters with Claire, just like Shawn did when he was young with his own parents, Bo and Hope.

    Over the years, Belle has been portrayed as a teenager and adult by three actresses including Kirsten Storms (Maxie, General Hospital), Charity Rahmer and most recently Martha Madison. Shawn was played by Jason Cook and until Monday, Brandon Beemer.

    Even though Belle and Shawn have left Salem for now, you never know when they could return - this is a soap afterall! In the meantime, you can read more about their departure from Days of Our Lives next week in's exclusive interview with Martha Madison.

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    Posted by Daliborka1979 at Tuesday, March 25 2008 05:28 AM

    I am so mad that you have let go two of the best people on the show. Here you are letting go Belle and Shawn and having Nicole come back....all you do is bring back bad people and cut the good people with good stories. You really need to reconsider this and have them back on show, please i am begging you.

    Posted by nanaof8 at Tuesday, March 25 2008 05:44 AM

    Ok writers, you have done it again. First, you couldn't learn your lesson by letting John go (thank goodness you got him back), and now you let two of the most important characters go (Shawn and Belle---and Claire). Are you trying to get the show cancelled? You bring on people like Ava, that nobody cares to watch at all. I watched a portion of the show yesterday, but did not care to finish because I was so upset about Shawn and Belle leaving.
    Nobody posts on the boards (DOOL) anymore, and look at the show's ratings.
    I have watched Days for many years and you have ruined it the last few months. Bring back Shawn and Belle, let Sami reunite with Lucas, and let the "real" John Black come back, bring Stefano out of his "coma", and get back to the s/l's that made Days of Our Lives famous.
    Who do you write for==the viewers or yourselves? I probably won't watch the show anymore until you get rid of Ava. She really gets on my last nerve. She is not a good actress and the s/l you have given her is horrible.
    You have turned EJ into a wimp and there is no excitement left for the viewers.
    That is my two cents worth. Take it or leave it, but, again, look at the ratings!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by lostblonde at Tuesday, March 25 2008 04:39 PM

    I agree with the last two posts. I cannot BELIEVE you cut Belle and Shawn from the show. There was way more storyline that could be written for them and they were two young, wonderful actors. Now I know why people hardly watch this soap. I have been a Days viewer since I was a young child and my mother watched it. But you are getting rid of the WRONG characters and the Ava storyline is completely horrific.


    Posted by bella star at Tuesday, March 25 2008 07:51 PM

    I agree with the three poster they said it all ,try listening to them bring them back

    Posted by Chrissi at Wednesday, March 26 2008 05:50 AM

    Thanks for the posts, guys. Hopefully Martha and Brandon will see this and feel good about how much their fans care!

    We're getting tons of posts on the boards though.

    Posted by MulherinMugs at Wednesday, March 26 2008 08:36 AM

    I have been watching DOOL since 1968, why would you take the two characters of Belle and Shawn out, is it because your writers can't think of a new story line for them because now they are happy. You can only write about problems for everyone. It would be nice to see John start to have feeling and fall back in love with Marlena. The idea of Nicole coming back would be good if it extends the story on Brady and what happened. Its taken how long to fill the Mickey Horton role, pursue Sami and EJ together,
    I think DOOL will suffer by pulling Belle and Shawn out and
    with the prospect of bringing different actors back to play them what a joke, why don't you bring back some good writers, to replace the ones there now, that would make more sense.

    Posted by delotwo at Wednesday, March 26 2008 02:42 PM

    I feel the same as everyone else. I'm an older person, but I love Bell and Shawn, and I think doul has made a big mistake in letting them go. If it's because of money problems, quit bringing in new people that have had there story lines before, and have left on their own. Bo, Hope, Shawn and Bell are a front story family, whom you have just screwed up. stop making stupid decisions, your hurting our soap.

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