Best of 2012: Soap Opera Edition

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MOST TORTURED COUPLE

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Jason and Sam, General Hospital

Their torture started in September 2011 and continued pretty much throughout the new year. 2012 began with Sam not knowing if Jason or her rapist Franco fathered her child. DNA tests proved Jason was the father, but their happiness would be short lived. Sam and Jason would come into conflict over her desire to “protect” him from bad news after his surgery, mainly the death of his best friend Robin, who “died” while coming up with a protocol to save his life. Then the hits kept coming, not only did she discover that Franco could be the father of her unborn child, but he was also Jason’s twin brother! When Sam fell on Heather Webber’s bad side, Heather would engineer a series of manipulations that would drive Sam and Jason further apart – changing the DNA test results to Franco and switched Sam’s live child for a dead one! On top of all of this, Sam found comfort in her new friend, Lt. John McBain, while Jason found it in an old friend (and love), Elizabeth Webber.

After the hurtful realization that their marriage was irreparable, the two decided to divorce in August. A miracle would happen just a month later, as Sam’s belief that her child was alive became a reality! Jason and Sam would get back their child and share a happy reunion as they recommitted themselves to one another and the future they could have – only for Jason to be shot and tossed into the Port Charles harbor the same night.

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5 comments

  1. ‘This is a female driven storyline – Liam isn’t the one “choosing” between the women, it’s the women who are choosing him.’

    Really? I cannot fathom finding this storyline anything but completely offensive to women. You’re absolutely right that Liam isn’t “choosing” between the women, because he wants to have it both ways AND THE WOMEN LET HIM. Both of those women should want and demand better for themselves, and yet it’s a torturous, never-ending merry-go-round that is wildly demeaning to the characters of both Hope and Steffy. I wish they’d both kick him to the curb that he deserves to be dropped on and then go out and find someone worth their trouble.

  2. Your choice of Melissa Claire Egan as best supporting makes me realize why I agree completely with the naming of Y&R as most disappointing soap. I’ve been a major fan of hers since forever, and love her work. I only wish the show’s writing was worthy of her. It managed to make me despise her character, and that is so frustrating! I wish I could’ve seen Chelsea and Adam’s chemistry and instantly forgotten how she came on the scene, but I needed a whole lot more than that to forget everything she did. The writers constantly opted to take the easy way out with her, and her redemption and entry into respected GC circles happened overnight – totally unbelievable, and now it’s too late to rectify that in my eyes. MCE’s acting is fantastic as always, but the character is a fail for me, and the writers are entirely to blame.

  3. Totally agree with one of the choices for Best Couple: Will Horton and Sonny Kiriakas of Days of our Lives (Chandler Massey, Freddie Smith). In my opinion, these two actors are simply amazing in their portrayal of a young couple who start out as friends and end up in love. They portray Will and Sonny as a real couple with real problems and struggles, just like any other couple. This is a true love story between these two characters, and Chandler and Freddie are both talented actors who make this relationship seem real.

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