Daytime Confidential's 10 Best Soap Couples of 2009
No. 8: Brad and Katie, As the World Turns
First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in the baby carriage, right? Unfortunately that wasn't how things went for As The World Turn's Brad and Katie Snyder (Austin Peck and Terri Colombino) in 2009. Bratie's fertility issues caused a lot of sturm, drang and a couple of miscarriages for the couple and pal Vienna, but in the end Bratie was with child. If you're waiting for "and they all lived happily ever after" you obviously weren't watching this soap in 2009. While trying to get her n'er-do-well best pal Henry (Trent Coleman) out of his latest pickle, a very pregnant Katie got herself kidnapped by a mobster who bore a striking resemblance to a deceased, New York area physician. Brad attempted to rescue Katie, and ultimately paid for his heroism with his own life, accidently at the hands of his cop brother, Jack (Michael Park), but the story didn't end there. In what could have been another cheesy rip off of the movie Ghost, Brad's spirit returned to Oakdale, desperate to reconnect with Katie and their son Jacob. The storyline's denouement, with Brad finally making contact with Katie, Jacob and the rest of his loved ones proved to be some of the best soap opera scenes produced in 2009, cementing the exiting Peck's leading man status, and making us even sadder about the rebounding ATWT's cancellation. The late Patrick Swayze, along with Doug and Irna would be proud.