The Year In Soaps: Best Couples of 2014

Sam and Patrick, General Hospital
What If We Ruin It All, And We Love Like Fools…

Sam and Patrick have always been about the alternative, the “other” option. Since Jason’s untimely exit from the show, there was a story waiting in the wings to be told of two friends in mourning for ones they loved, struggling to find a way to move on with their lives while adapting into their new roles as single parents. Through the bond of friendship, they grow closer and could possibly find new love with each other. Alas, it wasn’t in the cards. Rather than rehash what should have been done two years ago, what didn’t happen, let’s talk about what did. After growing closer and closer over recent months, Sam and Patrick finally realized what others (like Alexis and Elizabeth) have realized — there’s sexual tension between the two of them!

SamtrickSam was newly single, coming off a breakup with Dr. Silas Clay (Michael Easton); Patrick was on the road to divorcing his wife Robin. As they worked together to solve the mystery of the accident that took his son’s life, they found a comfortableness that made them both happy. It’s nice to watch their crush turn into something more. Watching these friends tip toe to the line that exists between friend and lover was frustrating and amusing, but all the while entertaining. And surprisingly, we were okay with Sam stopping herself from going any further with Patrick until she knew she was ready for it. The old Sam would have hopped right on Patrick like there was no tomorrow, but she had feelings of her own to sort out and couldn’t do that if things were messy with Patrick.

But the flirting never ceased, the chemistry continued to soar off the charts. A few kisses, an erotic dream and a major falling out later, Patrick and Sam are now official! They DTR’ed (defined the relationship for those not in the know) and agreed to see where their relationship goes. There’s a natural ease whenever Kelly Monaco and Jason Thompson share scenes together. It helps that they have 10-year friendship to lean on, and that friendship between those two helps make Sam and Patrick’s relationship more believable.

There’s something really special that happens when you fall in love with your best friend (trust us, we know), and they return those feelings. It’s not going to be easy, as moving forward puts so much more at risk. If it all goes wrong, you lose your best friend. But if it goes right? The world is yours for the taking.

2015 will be the year of Sam and Patrick. As GH continues to build them on their new romantic journey, there will be rough terrain ahead in the form of the past. No, not Silas. We’re talking about Sam and Patrick’s spouses — the captive Robin and the very much alive but amnesiac-under-Cassadine-control Jason Morgan aka Jake Doe. Robin’s less of a threat given Kimberly McCullough’s limited availability, but Jake(son)? The threat is real. Much like Sam and Jason in the beginning of their relationship, there isn’t much love lost between Sam and Jake. Sam knows there’s more to Jake than she can prove at the moment, but will her determination to expose Jake prove too much for Patrick to bear? The reveal that Jake is really Jason will certainly create angst for Port Charles’ newest power couple, but that’s what good drama is made of.

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11 comments

  1. Indeed they did everything to destroy Ej and Sami this year..and to add much insult to injury use the most out of character plot to do it..This Abby bs TAINTED all Ej and Sami scenes and dynamic..whereas it was their last year on this freaking show..how insulting and cruel. I will not forgive.

  2. As much as i love Ej and Sami, this year was certainly not their year (maybe the worst..although there were several others seriously offensive too..) ! And it was a damn shame after all the long overdue built up of 2013.
    This year did everything to destroy Ej and Sami and what made Ej’s character as well as his dynamic with Sami unique. Ej cheating on Sami whereas he finally had her after almost a decade pining for it..how preposterous and with a character as irrelevant to him as this Abby (by the way she is not a younger model since she will never be in Sami’s league..NEVER and even less with the miscasted actress playing her) is..pathetic and ridiculous !
    Then the fallout of the story where Sami was treated as a total pariah whereas she was the wronged party and the little culprit was coddled by everybody and their mothers..even Ej (how stupid and pathetic for his character..ewwwwww) kept defending the girl who blackmailed him for sex and threatened to destroy the family he always wanted..And finally a totally rushed reunion bam bam thank you madam and Ej being killed by a slimy dayplayer..What a ‘great year’ for these characters..indeed..sarcasm.
    In reality this year was a total nightmare who totally destroyed Ej as a character..the core was made cheap..the ultimate offense for a character as far as i am concerned. As a result it totally made me despise this show and their hack of writers/producers and now i am not watching anymore and i don’t miss it in the least..Good job Days !

  3. Totally agree with your choice what a couple Ejami were the show is so crap to watch without them i can see why Ken Corday said last week them leaving created a void on the show in another he knows his show is rubbish without Ali and James. That stupid cheating story line cost us both of them i never be convinced doing that story line wasn’t the reason why both Ali and James didn’t leave come on both leaving at the same time and deciding this just before they saw the script that would destroy Ejami forever. EJ would never cheat on Sami with any woman he loved her so much totally ooc for EJ they were a super couple they never boring to watch look at grief sex in Nov 2011 only Ejami could had sex at that time when they mourning the loss of their son it shocked so many fans.

    I am missing Ali and James so much the show is not the same without them its horrible to watch now .

  4. Lmao at Ejami being featured. Just no. Days didn’t have any couples worth mentioning last year, they all were written awfully badly. Ejami hogged all the airtime, but it doesn’t change the fact that the writing was extremely poor and all over the place and both of the characters were written OOC. And I dare to say the classic supercouples John and Marlena and Bo and Hope were way more popular in the 90s than Ejami ever were during their run.

  5. I miss EJ and Sami so much! And to the many Ejami fans out there, myself included, they were indeed worth everything!

  6. Ejami – They had a horrible year! It was so bad that I was cheering when they left the show. They belong in the worst couples of 2014. Complete opposite of how I felt in 2013.

    Days – I don’t think any of their couples belonged in the best couples category in 2014.

  7. There’s no mistakes. These are our opinions and we explain why we made these choices. Thanks for reading.

  8. This list has a lot of mistakes. Was this based on a poll?

    Franco & Carly were terrible together. There are times when a couple who aren’t meant to be together work very well, but this is not the case. They were a joke.
    Stitch & Victoria were like watching paint dry. There is no spark at all.
    Hope & Aiden were also boring as hell… Way too slow-paced. Katie & Ridge are okay but they are just apart of B&B’s worn out formula of pairings… Nothing out of the ordinary. None of these couples should be on this list.

    The only options I agree with are Hilary/Devon – amazing chemistry and Nathan/Maxie – kudos to GH for giving us a young couple we can root for. Sam & Patrick are great too. They have a lot of spark. Julian & Alexis are great too, albeit a bit overrated. And of course EJami are definitely the couple of the year, whether you love or hate them.

    There were a lot of couples that should have been on. Nick/Sharon were so entertaining throughout the year, despite being doomed from the moment they began falling back in love, but the chemistry is still there between Case and Morrow. Y&R really proved that supercouples aren’t dead. In fact they were one of only a few interesting pairings this year, and ten times better than the likes of Victoria & Stitch. Secondly, I have been loving Liam & Ivy on B&B. Maybe not many people agree, but they are a refreshing change. And I guess they don’t count really as a real couple, but I have been thoroughly enjoying Elizabeth and Jason (Jake)- Herbst and Miller just shine together – even though it’s been a couple months. Anyway, half of the couples on this list can put me to sleep.

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