Daytime Confidential's 10 Worst Soap Couples of 2009
No. 8: Frankie and Randi, All My Children
All My Children's legendary creator Agnes Nixon was determined to make the soap operas she created much more racially diverse than the WASPY ones originated by her mentor Irna Phillips. While Nixon introduced ethnic characters on One Life to Live and AMC in the 70's, it wasn't until the early 80's that Nixon created daytime's first black supercouple, Jesse Hubbard and Angela Baxter (Darnell Williams and Debbi Morgan). The story of the streetsmart kid and the bourgie, society princess took America by storm, resulting in Williams and Morgan achieving near-rock star like popularity. While we realize that's quite the legacy to live up to, AMC's Frankie and Randi (Cornelius Smith, Jr. and Denise Vasi) don't even come close. Conceived as a retelling of one of AMC's popular "hooker with a heart of gold" storylines from the past, former street walker Randi fell for Dr. Frankie Hubbard, resulting in one lame plot twist after another. In 2009, Randi's ex-lover Henry North (Kieran Campion) and his wife Madison (Stephanie Gatschet) showed up in town to torment Randi, and AMC's few, remaining, loyal viewers. To say the storyline has been dreadful from day one would be like saying Tiger Woods was just a little bit promiscuous. However, the Norths weren't the biggest problem Frankie and Randi faced in 2009. That would be the fact that Vasi simply cannot act. There's no nicer way to say it. Smith is a talented, young thespian, who immediately clicks in scenes with his legendary onscreen parents, and he deserves a leading lady of his caliber. Perhaps recasting Randi in 2010 might finally make this couple viable? It certainly wouldn't hurt.