Daytime Confidential's 10 Best Soap Couples of 2009
No. 2: Kyle and Fish, One Life to Live
The usual recipe for success for a young couple on a daytime soap opera goes something like this: take a character— generally of the heterosexual persuasion— who is a member of a core family and build a sweeping, starcrossed, boy-meets-girl, boy-hates-girl, boy-and-girl fall in love while saving the world from mobsters, European megalomaniacs and/or a scheming, century's old witch and her talking doll. Kish had none of those elements. First of all, this supercouple was decidedly boy-meets-boy.
While same sex pairings had been done in daytime pre-Kish (Relax Nukesters), unlike As The World Turns' Luke Snyder (Van Hansis) or even All My Children's sapphic heroine Bianca Montgomery (Eden Riegel), neither Oliver Fish (Scott Evans) nor Kyle Lewis (Brett Claywell) were so much as even loosely associated with any of Llanvview's core families. Fish was the goofy cop, who town sluts liked to bang when they were bored. Kyle was the dirty bird lab technician who would sell his soul— or a bag of blood— for the right price. The two peripheral characters weren't even in the same orbit—until they were.
From the moment OLTL began teasing at a secret past for frat bros Kyle and Fish (every gay bois fantasy du juor!), message boards, blogs like this one, After Elton, and even Perez Hilton began to sit up and take notice. The Kish phenomenon was born. Unlike practically every other gay couple in soaps, from Kay Chancellor and her lesbi-lady friend on The Young and the Restless in the 1970's, to even our Number One couple of 2009 (see next page), TPTB at One Life to Live and ABC Daytime actually allowed Kish their due in 2009, telling a romantic, organic storyline for this inspiring duo, complete with (gasp!) horizontal clothes groping and plenty-o-smooches! They may not crash servers yet (Wait 'till that sex scene), but Kish was definitely the most realistic, if not quite the most popular, gay soap couple of 2009, and for that, they earned our Number 2 spot.