DC's 10 Worst Soap Couples of 2011
No. 10: Sami and Faux Rafe, Days of Our Lives
Rafe Hernandez (Galen Gering) has been Sami Brady’s (Alison Sweeney) constant, sturdy rock from the moment he began keeping her “Safe” on Days of Our Lives. While the road to happily ever after has always been paved with drama for these two—thanks in large part to the machinations of Sami’s dangerously-seductive ex EJ DiMera (James Scott)—in 2011 things got downright ridiculous, doppelganger style.
This past year, EJ’s dad Stefano (Joe Mascolo) convinced Junior to take a page from the old DiMera playbook, which reads: When you want to get rid of an enemy, replace them with a lookalike! While many a DiMera-sanctioned doppelganger has provided fun story for DAYS (Andre DiMera, Susan Banks, Hattie), the father and son duo having a common thug receive plastic surgery to look like Rafe, then replacing him in Sami’s life (and bed) was just plain gross.
No. 9: Victor and Diane, The Young and the Restless
We collectively threw up a little in our mouths at the thought of red-hot, thirtysomething Maura West having to simulate the bedroom boot, scoot and boogie with Eric Braeden asThe Young and the Restless reunited angry exes Diane and Victor in 2011. While May/December romances have always been a staple of soaps, the phenomenal West being obviously much too young to play Diane—a woman who was busy busting up Jack (then Terry Lester) and Patty’s (then Andrea Evans) marriage back when West was no doubt learning her ABC’s—made the pairing downright gruesome to witness.
Why on Earth would a sultry, venomous, capable architect like Diane be so desperate as to drop to her drawers for every senior citizen in town; especially one who had already kicked her to the curb once for Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott)? Sure, the housing market had hit a slump, but this was ridiculous! The fact that Diane shared several sizzling romps with Victor’s much-more-age-appropriate-for-West son Nicholas (Joshua Morrow) only made the Victor and Diane mesh up all the more unbearable. Instead of tossing Diane out of the back of that ambulance like a bale of hay, Braeden should have done that to whoever wrote this stinkbomb of a storyline.