Wow...yeah, that would have been more simple. And nice. I hated seeing Hope crumpled on the floor. But I guess now they're reluctant to build any story around Hope at all, since there's no sense of when or how she might come back.
Plus, this way they get to throw Theo under the Ben bus, same as Claire! See, if everyone else is shady or homicidal....then Ben looks better by comparison, right?