Daytime Confidential's 10 Best Soap Couples of 2009
No. 10: Jackie and Owen, The Bold and the Beautiful
"Cougar" storylines were all the rage in 2009, but not all big cats were created equal. Unlike All My Children's contrived, dare-we-say, icky Erica and Ryan (Susan Lucci and Cameron Mathison) pairing, the relationship between Jackie (Lesley-Anne Down) and Owen (Brandon Beemer) on The Bold and the Beautiful felt organic and highly erotic. Gorgeous, much younger, stud Owen Knight helped revitalize sophisticated, fashion maven Jackie Marone, even as their relationship stirred up conflict with Jackie's son, Nick (Jack Wagner). From catwalks to Hawaiian beaches and many a photo shoot in between, Jowen flaunted their relationship—and Beemer's delicious abs— proving that some cougars are definitely better than others!
No. 9: Billy and Chloe, The Young and the Restless
While TPTB were still stuck on the notion that drippy Mackenzie Browning (Clementine Ford) is the love of Billy Abbott's (Billy Miller) life in 2009, even Adam Newman (Michael Muhney) could see that pint-sized fashionista Chloe Mitchell is the only girl for Jack's (Peter Bergman) baby bro. Not even Miller's unmatched acting chops could make us believe Billy actually wanted to back out of his marriage to sexy, sparky Chloe, because one-note Mac was back from Darfur and no longer his kissing kin. This year we suffered through the forced Billy/Mac reunion, and watched helplessly as the sizzling Chloe was wasted in a pairing with Sgt. Snore-ingham (John Driscoll's Chance). Meanwhile Billy and Chloe still set off fire alarms off every time they were in scenes together in 2009, whether it was squaring off at Restless Style, or over their precious daughter, Cordelia. Will we ever get to see this couple make a go for it? Let's hope there's still a chance.