At one point I think fans anticipated Shawn & Belle were really the next Hope and Bo. This was possible with the old Shawn (Jason Cook) and Belle. However, it does not seem real unless you can have the old one back. At this time it would be best to change it completely as Jason Cook was the man and the Shawn now does not cut it in that manner.
There were some strong fan reactions to the Shbella, and this Shawn is not it. The old one, he had some Bo in him if you know what I mean (like the hot head and other mannerisms) this new Shawn is not quite right.
Belle is perfect, and she needs more in the story. This Belle also brings more realistic character to the show, she almost looks like Marlena. She is stunning and needs a good strong man on her arm, she was best with old Shawn.
Now that the old Shawn is gone. Belle needs someone strong and powerful. The new Philip is just what is needed and the resources he brings to support Sami against EJ would work. Philip should be fired up still about the embryo switch as he still had a chance to have a child with the one woman he really loved until EJ switched the eggs. This could be his reason to get back at EJ and the DiMeras.
Belle should not be friends too quickly with Mimi again. Point in fact she should now give Mimi a piece of her mind. After that last episode with Mimi telling off Belle in the hospital the way she did knowing that she herself was the biggest liar, it would be great to see Belle have some backbone and challenge Mimi some. When you think of it, Mimi knew about Shawn being kidnapped by Jan and did not disclose it because she did not want the abortion to come out, then she was the one who knew Shawn was Claire's father and kept it from her two best friends. Hardly what a true friend would do. All for her own selfish reasoning of having a guy and then her best friends guy.
If you want to keep the friendship maybe the story line should have some testing of the real friendship if she wants back into the circle and at the same time, Belle who has the power of the Black family money behind her can be fronting for sister Sami in the revenge of the Brady's. After all was it not the DiMera family who was behind Belle and Shawn's fight that sent him to be kidnapped by Jan. Then when she realized her life was with Philip there was the embryo switch. Remember nothing worse than a womans scorn