Daytime Confidential's 10 Worst Soap Couples of 2009



No. 1: Adam and Rafe, The Young and the Restless

If the brass at The Young and the Restless wanted to get us to stop begging them to write storylines for anyone other than heterosexual Caucasians, 2009 was quite a successful year for the sudser. There was, of course, the revolting Neil/Tyra/Devon catastrophe (Which just missed our Worst Couples List at Number 11.), but the way the blacks on Y&R were treated in 2009 was nothing compared to the shoddy treatment the gays received.

We won't even discuss the implications of revealing Phillip Chancellor III (Thom Bierdz) had faked his death and abandoned his young wife and infant son, just because, you know, he sorta thought his mom and stepmom would be intolerant, even though they never gave him any reason to feel this way. No, we won't discuss that. What we will discuss however, is the heavily-hyped "tryst" between Adam Newman (first Chris Engen, then-Michael Muhney) and Rafe Torres (Yani Gellman). Y&R received coverage in every major gay magazine, not to mention tons of mainstream press, due to this storyline, yet when it was all said and done, the brass pulled a chicken shit move and didn't even allow Rafe and Adam to kiss onscreen. Lame. So that was what all the fuss was about? Engen walked mid-contract— allegedly in large part over concerns about this story twist— and all we got were a few awkward hair strokes and Rafe's bottom lip being molested by Blind Adam? Both Adam and Rafe's characters were completely, irrevocably destroyed, for this? Y&R's storytelling made it look like an educated, seemingly sane, gay man was so hard up he would forget his aunt was being framed for for a little game of straight bait, meanwhile, in Y&R's world view, the most repulsive thing a desperate, straight criminal could do to keep his secret was (gulp!) sleep with an attractive young, gay man?

If that wasn't bad enough— which trust us, it was—  Adam's bisexual experimenting was actually cited by the Newmans as more proof of his sociopathic leanings!
 
Victoria to Nikki upon learning her brother was "gay": That explains so much [Giggle].

Um, yeah, what exactly did that explain Vic? Go brush your hair!
 
If this is Y&R's example of gay love in the afternoon we think they should leave all attempts at diverse storytelling to the pros over at One Life to Live.


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Smitty's picture
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*sits back, grabs a cranberry & vodka and anxiously awaits for EET and JaSam Lovers to read post*

LOL...this is going to be fun....

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jasam don't deserve to be up there.

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Smitty:

U are so right!!!!  I'm waiting for EET, GH Lover, and all the rest of Jasam fans. 
Oh this is gonna be good because everybody know Liason.  If this was real life all Y'all Jasam fans know you would not forgive someone that has done all that QuickSam has done to Liason.

Ok I'm ready to laugh now!!!

LIASON FOR LIFE!!!!

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"but our mourning over the loss of Liason had absolutely nothing to do with why JaSam finds itself on our list of the Worst Couples of 2009"

 sure..........

I won't even bother to read the rest of this list.....

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Oh boy, Jasam DEFINITELY deserves to be up there. And I am SOOOO glad that they are.

When Sam is with Jason she regresses into someone who has absolutely no independence whatsoever.

And the mobstacular adventures together.....?...Ugh, gag me now.

I think DC did a wonderful job with this list.

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If JaSam is here so should be Liason .......


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Luke u guys better barricade the DC headquarter doors because the JASAM fans will be coming with their pitchforks

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I agree about every couple on this list good job on this list.

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Y&R have horrible couples except for Kay and Murphy and billy and chloe, but that about it.  NIz is great and Liz is not in love with Lucky now, she just needs him and she wants Nik.  Go NIZ

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*sits back, grabs a cranberry & vodka and anxiously awaits for EET and JaSam Lovers to read post*

LOL...this is going to be fun....

I'll sit right next to Smitty, while partaking from my own flask of gin and tonic (with a splash of lime).  

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"...our mourning over the loss of Liason had nothing to do..."  BITCH, PLEASE! 

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I hate getting in the middle of liason vs jasam wars because i could care less about either but this list is for 2009 liason did not have scenes in 09 and according to jasam fans they were never a couple.

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I don't think Clementine Ford is the entire problem with Billy and Mac. Then again, I never hated Brenda Epperson (who is probably only slightly less robotic than Eileen Davidson, who manages to wake up and give a strong performances a few times a decade -- Ashley isn't exactly a role with great emotions). Billy and Mac were horribly written and lacked any chemisty. Ford has had some chemistry with Thad Luckinbill. Miller had some with Sharon Case. Given that he had, in my opinion, zero with Adrienne Frantz, Christel Khalil, and Liz Hendrickson, he's not exactly a chemistry machine.

Miller is a good actor, but he's much more noticeable for his tics and mugging than for giving a performance which adds to the scene. He is extremely disconnected from co-stars and helps make Billy completely unsympathetic.

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Oh what a great list. So glad Gig/Rex/Stacy made the list and so high on it, so deserved.

I'm both glad and mad Adam and Rafe made number 1. On one hand, it's so deserved due how awful the story was, but also makes me mad, cause they could have made a kick ass couple.

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You know, yesterday was the 1st time a cared about Sam in over three years. Because she was doing something other than chase Jason around. For any pairing to work for me there has to be a connection of course, but I have find something  to root for regarding the individuals in the pairing. GH has never really spent anytime developing Sam, and they just seem to throw things at her hoping that they stick. I want her away from Jason, mainly so she can develop some sort of identity.

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Good list however Jasam doesn't belong on it, they stick out like sore thumb.

I'm surprised by no Casey and Alison on ATWT or like you did last year (Alison and anyone LOL good one)
I totally agree with Clementine Ford being the big problem with Billy and Mac.  BM is acting his heart out but she is like a wall.  Oh why don't they recast her?

What a welcome surprise seeing Gigi/Stacey and Rex on the list.

Seriously I can think of at least 10 couples that should've been on the list over Jasam

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LMAO.. Thats exactly what we have been saying for a YEAR NOW...

JASAM SUX! REUNITE JASON & LIZ!!

FRONSIE YOUR VISION HAS SUCKED THE LIFE OUT OF GH! GO AWAY!

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Oh boy! 

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They can't reunite Liason right now cuz she's SWIMMING over to Spoon Island for some "Afternoon Delight"! 

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ARE U KIDDING ME!!!!!!!

Since 2004 they have been a blending of friends, lovers, partners and protectors. They have supported and loved one another and it was only due to writers enema's that they broke up under the STUPIDEST OF CIRCUMSTANCES.

I willing sit back and take the slings and arrows of you Liason fans but seriousely Jason and Sam where together for over 2 years and Liason had stolen moments here and there her true partner WAS Lucky till she bed hopped her way out of it.

I am proud to be a JASAM Fan and I think they are an incredible couple.

Bad Couples for GH would be Solivia, NIz, Fake Em and Dark Prince Dick, Ethecca, Maxis and JonLu, 

SO YOU CAN TAKE YOUR BIASED CHOICE and KISS MY LIST 

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What? No Casey/Alison even though they've spent much of 2009 stinking up the screen with their "epic love story" on ATWT?

Ok, what gives?   While I don't have problems with the other couples you picked - though I am neither a JaSam nor Liaison lover - this list feels incomplete without Casey/Alison. Especially as they stank up the screen more in 2009 than the Vortex of Suck.

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Good List.  Niz needs to stop.

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Come on!  Most soaps wish that they had the incredibly passionate fan bases that comprise the JaSam and Liason groups.  I applaud both groups for their passion and desire to see their favorite couples on air! 

Team JaSam & Team Liason deserve our applause.  They may snark at each other but without their passion, GH fandom would be a lesser place. 

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So I guess we are to belive that it is pure coincidence that Sam and Jason are the first couple on the list (albeit number 10).

Sorry, but I as a long term JaSam fan cannot summon any great sympathy for the way tptb are treating Liz, when they did the exact same thing to Sam last year. Why the tptb feel they need to assasinate a character just because a coupling isn't popular is beyond me.

Jason and Liz were more like brother and sister.  Jake was not conceived out of some  great love, but out of a few desperate moments between two people who had been thru an emotional wringer.

Jason and Sam have real heat.  Sam is not judgemental and needy, but supportive because she knows and loves Jason for who he really is, not for who she would like for him to be.

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well, what to say? an hour ago i was lamenting no sam and jason on the best list and they start off the worst list? bitter much? i feel they are at #10 just so they could be on the this list.

one cannot say that liz is a better couple with jason over sam and that sam loses herself in jason in the same paragraph. who had liz become during her time with jason? someone chasing after him over and above all things. this time around jason had to go after sam and he is still trying to reassure her. sam spent Christmas with her family while liz spent her gathering being guilty and uncomfortable with the mess she's started.

the truth is i just don't get liz and jason and i love sam and sam with jason. so no matter what you say i won't change my mind anymore than anyone will switch teams to my couple - although we did convert jillian...Smile

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Can't argue with the list guys, even though I don't watch CBS' soaps I see why you have these couples on here.
Guys, I think you should have extra security in your headquarters because you know the JaSam fans are going to pounce. I don't care who Jason is with I just want him to be a Q again.

As for Frandi, well you guys pretty much covered it. I prefer they get rid of Randi and bring back Laura or perhaps pairing Frankie with Greenlee.

As for RyGranny, I hope breaking them up is one of the first things on LB's to do list. Who are these fans that said they wanted this pairing I want to know.

And OLTL, I am just glad that Stacy's leaving.

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 next year in this time .. Jason and Sam will be married  and have their family ..... Because Sam is not  a girl that use her man to help keep her bed warm when she loves someone she loves him in all her heart ......... 

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but our mourning over the loss of Liason had absolutely nothing to do with why JaSam finds itself on our list of the Worst Couples of 2009— we promise.
 

Yeah, right. *rolls eyes*

Let the JaSam vs. Liason fanbase war #100,758,598,976 begin. LOL!!

Nasty Niz and Billy/Mac are on there. So, I won't make a fuss about this list.

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I hate getting in the middle of liason vs jasam wars because i could care less about either but this list is for 2009 liason did not have scenes in 09 and according to jasam fans they were never a couple.

Touche...

I need some popcorn and a drink for this one...

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well, what to say? an hour ago i was lamenting no sam and jason on the best list and they start off the worst list? bitter much? i feel they are at #10 just so they could be on the this list.

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LMAO You're joking right? You don't seriously believe we voted JaSam on this list because of your "lament"? We voted on this list at the top of the month of Dec. Sorry to be disappoint. Clouds in my coffee...