Daytime Confidential's 10 Worst Soap Couples of 2009



No. 3: Billy and Mac, The Young and the Restless

It was inevitable for The Young and the Restless to attempt to play out one of their greatest young adult love stories, when the soap decided to reverse Kay Alden's boneheaded move of making Billy and Mac (Billy Miller and Clementine Ford) cousins. By revealing that Jill Abbott (Jess Walton) wasn't really the daughter of Katherine Chancellor (Jeanne Cooper) in 2009, Y&R's writing team freed the once starcrossed lovers to finally be together. It's too bad Billy and Mac's magic left with David Tom and Ashley Bashioum. Billy and Mac as a couple were over long before the insatiable Miller or the unimpressive Ford joined the soap opera. Felled by numerous bad recasts, fans had all but forgotten the sweet teen romance from the late 90's'/early 00's. Y&R managed to circumvent the Billy recast curse by hiring Miller in late 2008. The actor proved not only to be an amazing recast, but quickly became one of the best leading men in the soap's storied history in 2009 (Yeah, we said it!). Unfortunately we can't say the same for his screen partner. While Ford may possess a decent pedigree (in case you were under a rock in 2009, she's the daughter of Cybil Shepherd), and a sapphic fanbase from her L-Word days, the actress recites her dialogue in the most robotic, monotone manner we've seen on Y&R since Brenda Epperson vacated the role of Faux- Ashley Abbott. Sorry Y&R, this ship has sailed and sunk. Let's move on already.


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Why do u have to be a liason fan to hate jasam and vice versa i hate jasam because i have never liked sam from jump start and roborg has been getting on my nerves for years now.

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Love this list.  JaSam absolutely belongs on this list.  Sorry Frons no matter how much you try to drill them down the audience throat we just don't buy it.  I suspect his other manufactured couple, Rylee, may join them on this list next year.

And Frank and Natalia were just GROSS with absolutely zero chemistry.  Her priceless expression on the photo you selected says it all  - YUCK!

Your comments were spot on about The Showkiller's storyline choice

"It would have been kinder to put a "Kick Me" sign on Cooper's back. Otalia fans and critics alike were incensed by this sexist, all-too-typical plot twist. Frank went from being one of GL's most beloved heroes, to a representation of everything TPTB were doing to try to quiet the growing Otalia storm."
 
I was never a big fan of Frank C. (he was just there as far as I was concerned) but this storyline made him the symbol of everything you guys mentioned above. 

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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 .........

Ok - This is the part where I hurl up the popcorn I just ate.  Sam doesn't use a man to keep her bed warm??  HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

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Yeah right the Jasam was on the list for other reasons than certain bloggers hate them.

I agree with everything else, but to me all I am reading is they made the list because some feel Frons supports them.

Very hard to believe Jackie and Owen would be on a best list and Jasam would be on a worst list.

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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 
 

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

This has to be a joke JASAM is rthe best thing to happen to GH
Thank U to frons and Guza oxoxo
Lijason never was ppl need to move and get over it all they had was a bastard son and booty calls HAHAHAH
JASAM has it all Love chemisty and adventure
 

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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 
 

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

This has to be a joke JASAM is rthe best thing to happen to GH
Thank U to frons and Guza oxoxo
Lijason never was ppl need to move and get over it all they had was a bastard son and booty calls HAHAHAH
JASAM has it all Love chemisty and adventure
 

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Jason and Sam absolutely do NOT belong in the top 10. I understand that this is a site full of disgruntled Liason fans but come on, top 10 WORST of the decade? Sheesh, that's a HUGE stretch!!!

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oh no, jamey that's not what i meant at all. i'm not that egocentric! nor do i think you base your opinions on mine ...although "look deep into my eyes...you will love sam mccall. you will love her with jason...you will not badmouth this couple and will never mention jason and liz in the same sentence again..." well i had to give it a try, right? LOL

i just meant i had thought i might see jason and sam on the best list. i didn't even think twice that they'd be on the worst list. but there they are.

i know you all put way more effort into your lists than a last minute, fly by the seat of your pants method.

ps - i may not agree with your lists, i still love reading them!

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top 10 WORST of the decade? Sheesh, that's a HUGE stretch!!!
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This isn't for the decade, it's for the year 2009.

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Once again Liason fans have to blaim the nielsen ratings on Jasam.  I mean one couple is not going to make the nielsen ratings.  It is the whole show that has to do with it.  The Liason fans think if they are back together the ratings are going to skyrocket.  Keep dreaming.

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sevenkell it's just worst couples of 09 not the decade

*grabs vodka bottle, pours drink number three* Anybody else want some I share...LOL

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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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That is the funniest thing I have ever read, I can't believe you (GH LOVER) wrote that with a straight face

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Luke  you  forgot  about Bianca and Resse  they were so badly written it  isn`t even funny  and Frankie and Randi are the worst besides Paul  and Meg will Meg and any pairing she`s had  .And then there AS WORLD TURNS Ally and her pairings . I   agree   with on Billy and MAC  I  loved  Billy and Mac the frist time bad recast   can`t  makeup for no chem. I`m also shocked  that   GL`s M&M  didn`t make the list .

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Luke  you  forgot  about Bianca and Resse  they were so badly written it  isn`t even funny  and Frankie and Randi are the worst besides Paul  and Meg will Meg and any pairing she`s had  .And then there AS WORLD TURNS Ally and her pairings . I   agree   with on Billy and MAC  I  loved  Billy and Mac the frist time bad recast   can`t  makeup for no chem. I`m also shocked  that   GL`s M&M  didn`t make the list .

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 I've never commented before but I just can't anymore...I have loved no other couple as much as Jason and Sam since I started watching GH ten years ago. I have never seen the chemistry between Jason and Liz. I found them flat-out dull and boring. Jason smiles around Sam, she accepts him the way he is. I'll never forget Jason holding baby Lila when Sam miscarried...their romance seemed to grow organically, and that's the way I've felt on this go round too. Liz and Jason were always forced, but Jason and Sam kind of found themselves together and realized they should be together.

I never thought Sam would be able to be redeemed after the Jake kidnapping fiasco, but they somehow managed to do it. This JaSam fan is thrilled!

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I never thought Sam would be able to be redeemed after the Jake kidnapping fiasco, but they somehow managed to do it. This JaSam fan is thrilled!

 

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1st... I was happily surprised to see JaSam on the list. Their repairing this year has felt nothing but forced despite the Steve & Kelly's attempts to sell the s/l being dumped on their plate. I could get over my love for Liason, really I can, so long as Jason's banging anyone BUT Sam. Each character needs a contrasting character to highlight them. Jason & Sam together are like putting a beige couch, in a beige painted room, with a beige rug. Too much of the same and straight up boring.

2nd... I just wanted to put it out there that NOT EVERYONE hated the Nikolas / Liz pairing. I'm definitely not one of the haters. While I knew it wasn't going to last long, much less be the "end game", I still had one hell of a time watching it all play out. If nothing else, it made me like Nik more (esp from a sex-appeal stand point). It has displayed the depths of his melancholy and made his dark & brooding ways much more interesting to watch. (side note: Ethan & Nik on the turret a couple of months ago was like watching a candy-coated fantasy in HD *lol*) I actually believe that he's fallen for Liz, the first woman he's really loved since Emily (poor, Nadine) and it's completely star-crossed. I get the motivation, but to summarize, loving Liz was a safe choice..... in the end, he knew he could never be happy with her. Tyler Christopher made me wish things could have been different for these two. They have so much history but, so far as romantic history goes, both characters could have finally gotten their fresh start. Star-crossed, they were, but a blast to watch.  =)~

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sweetiepie wrote:
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.

Yeah! Sam's not like those other bitches (Brenda, Robin, Liz)! What kind of a woman wants her man to be better and NOT kill people for a living?!

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i hate to be the bearer of bad news, but liz has been doing those eyebrow raises and smirks for more than the last 12 months.

i suppose they will turn liz into another self-destructive maxie. always chasing what she can't have and hurting what she does.
 
i actually don't see it as an alternative liz. she's been trying to get attention (first her parents', then various other peoples') since she came to town. and let us not conveniently forget what the character of lucky has done to her just because of the casting change. liz has been and continues to seek who she is and this is just another case of her doing it. so while this is hurtful to so many people i don't really think it's out of character either. most of all she just hurts herself.

i do wish she's stop saying every new bed buddy has reawakened a part of her soul or bears the secret dreams she's always held. that gets old

by the by, acting aside, tyler isn't too shabby to look at either so if zander is forgiven based on looks, let's not have a double standard.

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I agree with what Carol2 said on several points--one, I don't think Clementine Ford is the travesty-of-a-recast EVERYONE else seems to(hello, she still shares a soap with Amelia Heinle, probably the most divisive recast in Y&R's history); I actually agree that she works well with Thad Luckinbill as well as Daniel Goddard.  Also agree that while Billy Miller is a good actor, I don't get all the praise being lavished on him--he's good, but again I agree with what Carol2 said his work is less a performance than a bunch of mugging and grinning strung together to look like a "performance".  Just saying.

Also, totally agree about Denise Vasi--not only the worst actress on AMC but inarguably the worst actress working in daytime right now.  Unfortunately, having the worst actress in daytime on your show is the very least of AMC's problems right now.

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Great list! I am watching the show with a dirty martini! Love them!

GH did not have 2.0 viewers on any day last week!
Guza and Frons vision stink, that simple!

It is a well known fact that character can be redeemed for about anything, and they are, except arming children.

It is a one way and nobody can be reddemed for that! I was a Jasam fan until THAT and never after!

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2009 Bad Couples

10.Marina & Shayne GL{he belonged to Dinah you non acting, scene deading, ho}
9.Casey & Alison ATWT{ZZZZZZ!!!!}
8.Luke & Noah ATWT {where's the heat}
7.Frank & Natalia GL{ bro/sis hook up chemistry...UGH!!!}
6.Billy & Mac Y&R {he had more heat w/his alley hook-up--HIRE HER}
5.Cane &Lily Y&R {even the puppy leaves the room ZZZZZZZZZ!}
4.Brady & Ariana DOOL {Dude you belong to Nicole!}
3.Doc Evans and Rachel OLTL {good idea wrong MALE lead}
2.Nik & Rebecca GH {anytime you sleep w/a girl because she looks like her sister...DOH!}
1. Ryan & Erica AMC RyGrannie this is disgusting in every way possible its like Jessica Tandy and Robert Pattison. Sad :(

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couchpotato7 wrote:
2.Nik & Rebecca GH {anytime you sleep w/a girl because she looks like her sister...DOH!}

Awesome. Couldn't agree more!!!

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Well I can only comment on the couples I know. So here is my 2 cents for what its worth:

Frankie and Randi (yawn I so agree Boring)
Rex and Gigi/Stacy..the worst ever. I seriously think Rex is secretly gay.
Nik and Elizabeth maybe its because I can't stand Elizabeth but no get it does not look right either. And no not even with Lucky either now that Jonathan is back he deserves better.
Jason and Sam I totally disagree they work well. Granted its a little morbid at times but I don't think they are one of the worst.
Ryan and Erica oh God horrible! I like Erica but come on its like pick a man on the show and lets pair Erica with him. I am surprised that Dr Joe Martin was not one of her previous husbands. Who is next Palmer?

Who I would like to see

Carlotta and Clint (yes again this time with Saundra Santiago playing Carlotta)

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Ok I had to register for this one.....

I am not a fanbase war joiner. People like who they like. Thats what keep soaps going. Love this site even though it has been and as far as I can tell always will be proLiason and antiJaSam. I would fully expect JaSam to be on your list of worst couples because of that fact.

Although I dont agree.....at all......each to his/her own right?.

I had to say though that I actually burst out laughing, not at  this biased choice for your list but at the disclaimer that it has nothing to do with Liason?!? You like who you like...........  own it, I do.

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OH thank you! i get it, now i understand why you guys like Liason your all drunk before the afternoon even starts makes perfect sense now- Bitter Lizzards just because Jasam got put on this stupid list that noone cares about doesnt mean they arent the hottest couple, which they are!! oh and P.S Jasam are going strong

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LOL, that picture of Natalia and Frank during the (gag) after glow pretty much shows everything that is wrong with that couple. Just look at her face! Oh Frank, you dense moron, proposing to a woman that looks like that after having sex with you is just plain idiotic.

I gotta say the lack of Reese and Bianca (Rinks, Breese?) is disappointing. I mean Bianca comes back pregnant, waxing poetry about her "cool" girlfriend, Reese appears and propose to Bianca, like the viewer should be sweep away by their love or something, and then all the bonding and scenes she should have with Bianca she has with ZACH! What the hell? If a straight couple had a been presented the same way as them no critic or viewer would cheer for their contrived "love story." As a Bianca fan it piss me off to no end that Pratt brought her back to use her and abuse her like that. I want the real Bianca back, not the pod version we have had the last few times!

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Liason has nothing to do with JaSam being on the Worst Couples list?? LMAO!!

1) the stuff you mentioned about the way Sam re-entered Jason's orbit/Jake's 2nd kidnapping, happened in 2008, lol

2) I don't get the complaint about JaSam being a watered down version of Mr. and Mrs. Smith because of the "mobtacular activities" The mob stuff happens with or w/o Sam, so are u complaining that the action stuff is better when it's just Jason, as opposed to both of them? And actually, the moment they got together wasn't mob related. It was when they were searching for Michael/Kristina and going up against Jerry. Not "mobtacular activities."

3) The JaSam reunion in 2009 was sexy and had some great funny moments. Even Luke said that JaSam had chemistry and many Liason fans (on DC as well as elsewhere) lamented that they wished Liason had been written that way. I think that says a lot

But that's JMO, it's your list of couples you don't like... I'm sure if I made a list of couples I didn't like, lots of people would disagree with it, lol

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On a further note, I guess I was watching a different Y&R back when Brenda Epperson was on as Ashley--I'll agree the first few months were an adjustment but I thought she did a great job and was a very long way from "robotic"(hello, paging Amelia Heinle AGAIN).  And while Eileen Davidson is the definitive Ashley, uh did ya happen to catch all the frankly awful histrionics that were on display during the whole "Sabrina" haunting and the "hysterical" pregnancy?  THAT was some of the worst acting I've seen all year from any show. 

And on the Rex/Gigi/Stacy mess?  I think the storyline was admittedly awful but it didn't help that the actors werent invested and/or too limited to carry off the material--I'm sorry, but while Crystal Hunt is scathingly reviled in the press for her "lack" of talent, has anyone seen Farrah Fath's "acting"?  Maybe I'm a party of one, but I don't find a whole lot of range going on there--granted, she's good at the smart-ass oneliners, but  when it comes to actual acting(the episode where Mimi's drunk is a painful reminder) I don't think she's much better than Hunt.
Lavoisier, on the other hand?  He's the only thing interesting about that trio--maybe they should ditch the chicks and pair him with Schuyler.  I mean, who says a show should only have one gay couple, huh?

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Sam accept Jason for who he is .. she doesn't try to change him ...
If Jason will change it has to be on him not because someone forces him too.. ..
I think Sam loves Jason more than Liz ever loved him ..
Liz didn't really fully love Jason because if she has she would not ask Jason to give up his son the day after His father died...... That was not love that was being selfish because she did it so she can still have Lucky on the bed ..........

JaSam were amazing this year ... they were more amazing than Liason ever would

I was Liason fan but I saw the light ....