That Sure is a Big...Brain: Soaps' 10 Smartest, Sexiest Supercouples



 




With the return of acerbic, comical newspaper man Jack Deveraux (Matt Ashford) to Salem on Days of Our Lives, one of soap's smartest, sexiest pairings, Jack and Jennifer (Melissa Reeves), have been reunited. Well, not quite. There is the matter of Jenn's hairy, hunky new boyfriend Dr. Daniel Jonas (Shawn Christian) for the roving reporter to contend with.

Never fear. Our boy Jack's no stranger to having to use his brains to best another man's brawn when it comes to Jennifer Rose. Remember Emilo Ramirez or Hawk Hawkins? Yeah, neither do we. In celebration of Jack and Jenn getting another shot at a little, ahem, intelligent interaction, let's look back at 10 of daytime's smartest couples.


10.) Jennifer Horton and Jack Deveraux, Days of Our Lives  

There's absolutely no way this pairing should have worked. He was the insanely jealous, political scion, who had raped his first wife, town sweetheart Kayla Brady (Mary Beth Evans). She was the plucky, virginal granddaughter of Salem's most prominent family on NBC's Days of Our Lives. Yet from the moment Jennifer Horton started an internship at Jack Deveraux's newspaper, The Spectactor, there was no denying the combustible chemistry that flowed beneath every snarky barb Jack shot in Jennifer's direction. 

Though everyone tried to warn Jenn, her Grandmother Alice ( the late Frances Reid) and her cousin Melissa (then Camilla Scott) to name a few, she was determined to make Jack admit he had feelings for her, and to see himself the way she saw him.  When Jenn grew weary of waiting on Jack to finally realize he was just as crazy for her as she was for him, she opted to marry good-natured Latin heartthrob Emilio (Billy Hufsy), causing Jack to do what any sensible man in love would. He hijacked a fire engine and kidnapped Jennifer on her wedding day!

In Jennifer, Jack found the redemption he was so desperately searching for and in Jack, Jenn found the greatest love (and challenge) of her life. In the over two decades that have followed, Jack and Jenn have endured Cruises of Deception (complete with diaphragms!), marriages, divorces, the births of two children, childhood cancer, a couple of returns from the dead and even Peter Blake, but through it all, they've always managed to make smart look hella sexy. Okay, except for when Steve Wlder and Stephanie Cameron were in the roles...


 


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Oh Jamey, you are a soap fan after my own heart! You list ten of my favorite all-time couples in soaps. Mason and Julia made me swoon and I think their relationship was one of the smartest, sexiest and most fun on soaps. And I had forgotten what a sex kitten Louise Sorel was as Augusta. Va va voom, indeed! Loved Cass and Kathleen. I liked Cass and Frankie but I LOVED Cass and Kathleen. ATWT's Lucinda Walsh and John Dixon were great and made the final week of ATWT's final run worth watching.

I loved the entire list with the exception of Luke and Tracy. I think that couple had an untapped potential but after Luke ran out on his marriage and family to go sleep with hookers, I was done.

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And I want to go on record as saying Stephen Schnetzer has one of the sexiest voices in the world!

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While I loved Julia and Mason and Lionell and Augusta this list is totally wrong without Cruz and Eden!

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David Hayward & Anna Devane Smile

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All of these are great barring Tracy and Luke. I can't support any woman being considered smart who keeps taking back a man who cheats, steals, lies to her and makes her look pathetic. The Tracy Q I knew in the day would have thrown his *ss out like yesterdays garbage years ago.But I would include them in a list of couples where the female character was ruined and gutted for them. Talk about todays world? In today's world women over 50 don't settle for some worthless leech of a man.

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Jamey! You picked Alexandra and Fletcher! Yah! It's funny, right when I saw this article I thought of a few Guiding Light supercouples that would be on it, and Alex and Fletch were actually one of them! And I was shocked that you chose them, assumed it would have been a more popular supercouple! But bravo!
GL was full of awesome couples in the early 90s. My favorite were Nick and Mindy (played only by Kimberly Simms!). Other great ones: Alan-Michael and Eleni, Frank and Eleni, Harley and Mallet, Ross and Blake, Holly and Roger, Nadine and Billy, Vanessa and Billy, Gilly and Hamp, Kat and David, Ed and Maureen, Reva and Josh.
On Another World I loved Amanda and Sam (played by Robert Kelker Kelly, if i spelled that right), they were so hot I had a centerfold poster of the two of them dancing. Sam and Amanda along with Nick and Mindy at the same time! Hot!!!!
I liked Cass and Frankie also. And on AMC definitely Leo and Greenlee and Ryan and Gillian.

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Yeah, I can't really co-sign Tracy and Luke, either. I think they had amazing potential, but at this point it's all Wacky Hijinks and "LOL, OLD PEOPLE HAVING TEH SEX!" Tracy just looks sad at this point, taking his hooker-shtupping, wife-abandoning ass back time after time.

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is Jack Deveraux a rapist??

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@The_Moustache, yep. He raped Kayla Brady while they were married. He was tormented for years by the thought that he'd end up like his biological father and adopted father, also both rapists. Jenn's love and Patch and Kayla's forgiveness ultimately redeemed him.

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TY for clearing that up Jamey. Someone mentioned that the other day on another forum and i was like WHAT!, didn't believe it.

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Yes - Jack raped Kayla after he found out that she was cheating on him with Steve

****I guess you are much faster than I am Jamey!

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Jamey I would love for you guys to do a DC Top 5 Smart Couples. Also a Top 5 Vixen's list.

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Um, Dr. Hairy McSTD is not fit enough to wipe Jack's ass! Get him off my screen! (& out of Jenn's life! I want my damn Jack & Jen back, dang'it!!)

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Awesome list Jamey. While I was never really a fan of the couple, I always thought Ric/Alexis (GH) was another smart sexy couple. But maybe that is just NLG rubbing off. Mason/Julia were probably my favorite couple back in the day - all 3 faces of Mason. I wish there were more portrayed so smartly.

And thanks for the Cruise of Deception diaphragm shout-out. Totally made my day!

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Ahh, The Great and Incomparable Beverlee McKinsey. I Loved EVERYTHING she did as Alexandra Spaulding on Guiding Light. Beverlee is sorely missed. And a presence like hers could elevate any soap opera scene today simply by having her stand silently in the room. (I would not want her to have to utter the horrid drivel that passes for writing on daytime dramas nowadays.)

And while she and Fletcher were cute, I actually preferred her with Roger when they were in courtship mode. But, their nasty divorce mode was delicious, too. Smile

Can anyone who has ever seen Beverlee's work nelive that she does NOT have an Emmy for Best/Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama? Blasphemous.

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Tracy and Luke? No. Tracy and Luke are played for laughs whenever AG is not on vacation.

Dorian and Herb! Yes! Heck yes! I always preferred when Dorian and Viki had their own love interests.

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Great list! If you didn't already have two supercouples from ATWT, I'd put in a vote for Luke Snyder and Dr. Reid Oliver as well. The minute the snarky, brilliant neurosurgeon hit Oakdale, Luke ditched the striped polos and crippling self-doubt, turning into the confident, strong young businessman who could hold his own with the good doctor.

Their chemistry was off the charts, their banter witty and smart, and their combined brain power a thing of beauty. They were a supercouple denied the time they deserved.

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Mason and Julia's wedding was so sweet and funny. NLG looked fab. What on earth did they do to poor Marcy Walker's hair. Some things from the 80s I hope will never return.

We need another good wedding in daytime. Sam and Jason in Simon Cowell couture does not count. I could have seen them eloping on a beach with Jason in jeans and a button down shirt (tails out, no tie of course) and Sam in a pretty but not bridal dress. That would have matched their breezy, no-frills taste. But instead we got some schtick in a Chinese restaurant.

Back to smart couples...what about Bo and Nora?

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It's very interesting, but I've noticed that almost all of these couple (which I have very fond memories of, especially Mason and Julia - Santa Barbara for the WIN), both the male and female characters are older than what's supposedly currently "acceptable" now in this day and age of fictional pairings on US daytime soaps. Also, that the female actresses aren't 10 to 15 (or even 20 years) younger than their male counterparts.

Just very interesting and thank you, Jamey for the walk down memory lane.

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LOVE this list, but Luke and Tracy? NFW in hell EVER. Tracy is a boil on Luke's ass. Laura cancels out anything and everything Tracy. She'll always be the consolation, and nothing else. I don't care how much crap Guza or GW writes to try and force that contrived BS pairing down peoples throats, there is NO WAY IN HELL that Tracy is Luke's true love.

She's a wart.

All of the others I completely agree with. If you would have had Luke and Laura in there or Liz and Lucky, you would have been 10 for 10.

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Great job on the list, I think that it's always the smart/clever pairings that are most entertaining. Lust in the afternoon is good, but you can't beat witty and sexy!

I understand that's it a "Top Ten", but I wonder who your honorable mentions were. For me:

- Harley and Gus, GL (before they were ruined, of course)
- Monica and Alan, GH (how could Luke/Tracy make the list before them? Their banter was Legen-wait for it- dary!)
- Reva and Buzz, GL (shortlived, but amazing chemistry between KZ and JD)
- Alan and Olivia, GL (they "got" each other in an amazing way, too bad it was ruined with Phillip's muscle-ing in....not that we minded the muscle, lol)

Other "Top Tens" that I'd love to see:

-Friendships (sometimes these give us the most heartbreaking moments on soaps. No rivalries, just pure friendship like Maureen and Vanessa on GL or Katherine and Nikki on Y&R)

- Frenemies (Of course Viki/Dorian on OLTL and Katherine/Jill on Y&R would have to top this list, but I'd love to see some guys like Palmer/Adam on AMC or Phillip/Rick on GL)

-Sibling Rivalries (and not just the tired, we fought over the same guy/girl rivalries. Alex and Alan on GL have gotta be #1, their battles over Spaulding were so riveting; Viki and Todd's relationship on OLTL has always fascinated me too)

-Momma's Boys and Daddy's Girls (again, these parental relationships that don't fall into the whole "we slept with the same guy/girl" help to make soap families so much more dynamic. Victor/Victoria on Y&R, Mac/Iris on AW, Stephanie/Ridge and Brooke/Rick on B&B)

I love these trips down memory lane! Keep 'em coming!

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ktbob wrote:
Great list! If you didn't already have two supercouples from ATWT, I'd put in a vote for Luke Snyder and Dr. Reid Oliver as well. The minute the snarky, brilliant neurosurgeon hit Oakdale, Luke ditched the striped polos and crippling self-doubt, turning into the confident, strong young businessman who could hold his own with the good doctor.

Their chemistry was off the charts, their banter witty and smart, and their combined brain power a thing of beauty. They were a supercouple denied the time they deserved.

I agree with you ktbob. I never watched Luke and Reid first-run but caught up on Youtube and they were mesmerizing and smart and wonderful.

Also, I agree with AngieLucy on the missing Bo and Nora. Bo and Nora were smart and funny and lovely.

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Q: Was the Jack who raped Kayla played by a different actor than MA?

This is an awesome list, but it speaks volumes that most of the pairings are from so long ago. *sigh* Let's include Adam and Brooke as well.

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I like the list..Well, all the couples that I'm familiar with. My favorite current sexy pairing is Jill and Colin and they're also over 50..I know they've a lot of crap thrown at them from the hack writers..But they're just so good together..They're sexy, adorable pair and it's really too bad MAB wrote Colin all wrong. Jill/Colin could've become something really amazing..Jess and Tristan has Chemistry galorE. Love them better than any pair on the show now..

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@MS 45 Matt was playing Jack when the rape happened.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJU9dNDgNWg

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Smile Smile Smile Ah, Mason and Julia..... those were the days when the writing was so clever and the actors could really show their talent. Where are the good writers now? Also, the scene length was long and made you want to watch - too much editing these days that does not allow scenes to captivate you and glue you to the screen.
This also shows how Nancy Lee Grahn is treated like a BURIED TREASURE now at GH............maybe she could go to the new DOOL? Wink Wink Wink Wink Wink Wink Wink Wink Wink

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Preach it Miry!

Ms 45 no it was Matt Ashford that was playing Jack when he raped Kayla. It was practically his first day at work too! Before Matt, Jack was a sweet innocent type guy. Then Matt turned the character upside down then rightside out. BTW Jack and Jen were only smart as played by Matt and Missi. Their recasts in the 90s were dumb as boards.

Nice list Jamey and I don't know who to kick off but Marlena and Roman (as played by Wayne Northrop) were sexy and smart. Dr Marlena Evans and superslueth/action hero/secret agent Roman Augustus Brady were smart sexy funny and cute. Back in the day, Marlena cured them and Roman caught them. They were a couple that could not be beat. The bad guy did not get to run around wild with him around. He was a master of disguise and a master of deduction. Not even Stephano could escape him. (Stephano had to "die" to get away from Roman). He always caught his man and she Alway cured her patients. She was also great advice giver to anyone. You can find some of this on utube if you like. Especially good stuff is the eps when they caught the Salem Strangler. Marlena kept Jake Kosichek busy long enough for Roman to find her and kill Jake (ironically Jake's brother Chris was played by current Roman Josh Taylor who is not intelligent like Wayne's version).
I would put this couple near the top of the group! I do however agree and love no 1 pick. Julia and her three Masons were incredible. She managed to have incredible amounts of chemistry with all three actors that played Mason. It certainly aided in our acceptance of the three different actors because Lane Davies the first Mason, was astonishing. But Terry Lester and Gordon Thompson also turned in very capable versions of the character. I thought Terry and Nancy were really cute together. They always seemed like they were having fun. With Lane it was obsession and romance. WIth Gordon it was a stable more mature style.
I also Love that you added Augusta and Lionel Lockridge to the list. Augusta and Julia must have had brilliant parents to have raised these two kids. Maybe some of the smartest two women in daytime ever. Lionel and Augusta were sparing partners who had wild unabandoned sex. Interesting way to have a marriage..... They also spent alot of time apart. But when they were together, things were combustible!

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I agree with most of these and certainly Mason and Julia are number one and I miss the sexy Lane Davies to this day. I have a few others I would add but otherwise this is pretty good. They don't make soap couples like this anymore.

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I was going to have a temper tantrum in my family room if my Mason (yummmmy, Lane Davies!) and Julia from SB weren't number one. This list reminded me of a time when soap runners collectively realized smart women were allowed on a daytime dramas. Not just allowed, welcomed. For every damsel in distress, soap fans also enjoy women with their wits about them and the men who loved them for that.

These current showrunners (killers) should take notes...too bad they don't seem to give a damn

Bravo Jamey for reminding of why I have loved this genre since I was a schoolgirl, even though it mostly aint acting right lately.

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Thanks for the great memories of my fave show ever Santa Barbara!! There will never be anything like it! DAMN IT!!