Daytime Confidential's 10 Worst Soap Couples of 2009
No. 2: Rex and Gigi/Rex and Stacey, One Life to Live
Even if Madam Delfina (Lea DeLaria) herself had told us back in 2008 that in 2009 Rex (John-Paul Lavoisier) and Gigi (Farah Fath) would end up on Daytime Confidential's list of the Worst Couples of 2009, we would have said Delfina needed to be reported to Dionne Warwick for impersonating a soothsayer. How could one of our favorite couples from '08 end up becoming one we literally hated seeing on our screens in '09? Well, we're about to tell you how, and no, it ain't all about Stacy (Crystal Hunt), though she certainly didn't help matters.
Now granted, we bitched and moaned, and bitched and moaned, and bitched and moaned about how awful Stacy was when the blonde bimbette first appeared in Llanview, determined to steal Rex from her sister. The plot twist made no sense to us, and after seeing Rex and Gigi in a much smarter, well-written triangle featuring the fabulous Adriana "Bitchy Bangs" Cramer (Melissa Fumero) the season before, to say Gigi/Stacy/Rex was a let down is an understatement. But along the way something happened. Stacy, thanks to the arrival of sidekick Kim (Amanda Setton), became increasingly more likeable, (especially once the blond bustier blood bandit was no longer in a romatic storyline with Rex), meanwhile Rex and Gigi were the ones who made us want to chunk our remotes at the TV.
What happened to the scrappy, little waitress Viki Davidson (Erika Slezak) bonded with in Paris, Texas? Where was the smart, sexy comedic foil Bo Buchanan (Robert S. Woods) put so much stock in? In 2009, they weren't on our screens. Instead they were replaced by a pair of unbelievable, moopy humanoids, who although they looked like our Rex and Gigi, acted nothing like them. At one point time, both Lavoisier and Fath took the press, complaining about the storyline, with Fath saying it was the hardest storyline she'd ever had to do in daytime. Wait. Seriously? God made you STERILE after an abortion on DAYS, Farah. COME ON! But even if this storyline was that difficult for the actors to get through, we the fans never had to know that on screen. Sure, speak out till your little hearts content, but ACT on our screens! We deserve no less. Ask Kim Zimmer or Katherne Kelly Lang how they've gotten through decades worth of turkey storylines in daytime, while still giving their fans there all if you need pointers. Or better yet, just ask your costars like Slezak and Strasser. Strasser made it no secret she wasn't feeling Dorian pretending to go gay, but you never would have known it when you tuned in to that groundbreaking episode. Sigh. We really, really want to love Rex and Gigi again, but for that to happen, Fath and JP are gonna have to get over themselves and meet us half way if they don't wanna be on this list again in 2010.