When Billy Miller announced that he was leaving the role of Billy Abbott, fans were left to wonder who would fill the void in Victoria’s life and hoped that someone would help recreate the spark that made Amelia Heinle an enjoyable leading heroine. Thankfully we didn’t have to look far as day player Dr. Ben “Stitch” Rayburn moved into Victoria’s orbit and quickly made us question our former Villy love.
What makes ‘Sticky’ work is the undeniable chemistry between Heinle and Sean Carrigan. His rugged good looks and sexy charm would have us swooning over him in an instant. Ben’s got a lot of baggage, but no one can dispute how much he loves Victoria. The weight of the secrets he harbored definitely took its toll on the couple in 2014, but he loved Victoria enough to come clean about his past, even if it meant sending his mother to prison as a result. For Victoria, knowing that the man she loved wasn’t a murderer was freeing. It allowed her to own up to her real feelings and not be afraid to see where their relationship can go. Ben has proven he will do whatever it takes to protect the people he loves, and for Victoria, that’s a welcome change from the selfishness she encountered from Billy over the years. That’s not to say that their relationship is perfect by any means. The threat of Victoria’s connection to Billy will always remain. And Stitch’s secret drunken one-night in Ashley Abbott will certainly rear its ugly head at the most inopportune time, but no great couple is without its angst!
After a rough 2014 — the will they or won’t they be a couple, who’s the father of Victoria’s baby, the “I killed my dad but not really and lied about my entire identify” fiasco aside — we’re holding out hope that these two have a better 2015. Should Billy decide to throw his hat in the ring for another chance with Victoria, we’re rooting for Stitch to not let her go without a fight.
Franco and Carly, General Hospital
She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not
The fan response to the unlikely pairing of General Hospital’s Franco and Carly was polarizing, which usually spells doom for any couple. While many enjoyed the chemistry between Roger Howarth and Laura Wright, something that was easy to support when Carly was paired with his former
OLTL character Todd Manning character who shall remain nameless, this pill was too hard to swallow.
Franco and Carly were the “doomed couple” of 2014, but in a very good way. Whether one was rooting for them to end up together or destroy each other, they were one of the couples to watch this past year. Even those who hated this particular match, couldn’t deny the off-the-charts chemistry between these two stars. They started off 2014 as playful lovers, scheming together and not caring what anyone thought of them. We were treated to wacky art shows gone wrong, a crazy killer mother, mile high club shenanigans, and a bratty daughter.
Everything went south for the pair when Sonny set his eyes on Carly. The writing regarding Carly’s affair with her four-time ex-husband, and sudden change of heart towards her current love had the clunkiness of a poorly rushed rewrite, but it launched a major umbrella story that culminated in some of the most exciting days of GH television of 2014.
The wedding of Franco and Carly, dubbed ‘Hallowedding’ ended with several in characters receiving their comeuppance and Michael finally rejecting his parents and becoming the Quartermaine we all knew he was destined to be. If the desperate jealously and betrayal wasn’t enough to ruin them, Franco’s well planned revenge did the trick and it was a treat. They may not have gotten their happily ever after but Franco and Carly managed to keep us very entertained.