Daytime Confidential's 10 Best Soap Couples of 2009
No. 3: Sami and Rafe, Days of our Lives
Has there ever been an actor Alison Sweeney (Sami) didn't have chemistry with on Days of Our Lives? We can't think of one.
Sami and Rafe's (Galen Gering) 2009 romance was classic soap. So classic in fact it started off as an obvious retelling of Sami's parents, Roman and Marlena's (then-Wayne Northrop and Deidre Hall) original love story—a snotty blonde in distress, needs the protection of a lawman, whether she knows it or not, who doesn't want to be anywhere near her, yet the two slowly begins to fall hopelessly and helplessly in love.
Rafe stood by Sami as she carried her manipulative, ex-husband EJ DiMera's (James Scott) child, and even planned to help her fake an adoption to raise Baby Grace away from the DiMera's influence (Take that Bachelor Bob!). When the child Sami loved as her own perished, it was Rafe who saw her through it. It was also Rafe who proved that Grace hadn't really been Sami and EJ's child. An unhinged Nicole (Arianne Zucker), had switched the late infant at birth with Sydney, the child Nicole raised with EJ for much of the 2009. For years, it was "Sami Against the World "in life and love on DAYS, but in 2009 Rafe's calming presence, patience and protective, oh-so-sexy embrace created a "Safe" place for Salem's favorite bitch-turned-heroine to be finally let her guard down.