DC's 10 Best Soap Couples of 2011
No. 10: John and Marlena, Days of Our Lives
There are few couples that come to define an era for a soap opera. When you think of Days of Our Lives in the 60’s and 70’s you think of Doug and Julie, Bill and Laura and Mickey and Maggie. When you consider the early 80’s it was all about Roman and Marlena and Bo and Hope. The late 80’s gave us Shane and Kim and Patch and Kayla, but also marked Deidre Hall’s Marlena discovering an irresistible connection with a new “Roman” played by Wayne Northrop’s replacement Drake Hogestyn.
From the second Doc ran her hands through that hairy maze on The Pawn’s chest, fans were desperate for it to be revealed that John Black was in reality back-from-the-dead supercop Roman Brady. So yeah, that happened, then six or so years later they retconned the entire thing and revealed the “Roman” who had raised Carrie (Christie Clarke), Eric (Jensen Ackles) and Sami (Alison Sweeney) was really John Black (then Forrest Alamain, then a demon-battling priest, then a cosmetics mogul, then a DiMera/Brady hybrid, then a robot, then a partridge in a pear tree…), but by then it was too late for fans of the original Roman and Marlena, because John and Marlena, or “Jarlena” as they would come to be lovingly known, was DAYS’ it couple during the 90’s and 00’s; which is why it was so shocking when Dee and Drake were told to get to stepping in 2008 due to budgetary constraints, along with several of their supercouple peers.
Flash-forward to 2011 and DAYS executive producer Ken Corday managed to find enough change under the cushions to finally bring the ultimate Salemite lovers home where they belong, and he also hired a new pair of head writers and co-executive producers will the skillset to afford them a meaty, topical, white collar crimes story arc. Sometimes dreams really do come true!
No. 9: Liam and Hope, The Bold and the Beautiful
Young love is a wonderful thing to behold, and for much of 2011 we found ourselves basking in the post-adolescent affections of Liam (Scott Clifton) and Hope (Kim Matula) on CBS Daytime’s The Bold and the Beautiful. We rooted for the illegitimate Spencer publishing scion and the Logan offspring from scandalous origins as they faced countless obstacles.
First there was Amber Moore (Adrienne Frantz), still trying to pass off possibly biracial babies on unsuspecting boys a decade or so after she initially pulled that stunt on Hope’s older brother. Then there was all the interference from Liam’s poorly dressed father Bill (Don Diamont), and dear ol’ dad’s nubile, just-out-of-her teens almost mistress Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood). We hoped against Hope that Hope (Whew! That’s a lotta Hope!) would beat Steffy to the top of that mountain in Aspen (Which Jamey now realizes is in fact in the United States), but alas Liam and Hope’s young love was torn apart forever when he married Steffy— at least until next Sweeps.