10 Best Soap Opera Storylines of 2013
No. 10: Phyllis Helps Jack Detox, The Young and the Restless
We criticized a lot (okay, most) of the stories The Young and the Restless told in 2013, but you can never go wrong by pairing "The Berg" (Peter Bergman) and "The Staff" (Michelle Stafford) in a meaty storyline. Phyllis helping Jack detox from his addictions to booze and pills was the best of Y&R in 2013. The soap smartly played on the complicated histories of the two iconiccharacters, not to mention their powerhouse portrayers.
No. 9: Return of the Jeromes, General Hospital
For many fans of ABC Daytime's General Hospital, "mob" had become a dirty word, thanks to previous regimes insistence on having organized crime sagas dominate the sudser's front burner. Executive producer Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati bided their time before launching a new mob war in Port Charles. They spent said time reconfiguring the canvas to tell stories centered on other popular elements from the soap's canon, i.e. the Cassadines, the Nurses' Ball, ELQ and the hospital.
When sultry gallery owner Ava Jerome (Maura West) was first introduced, fans and Port Charles citizens alike took notice of her infamous surname. Could she be one of those Jeromes? Ava denied her connection to the mob dynasty who terrorized Port Charles in the early 90's, insisting Jerome was a common name.
Meanwhile, mob heir Morgan Corinthos (Bryan Craig), who was dating Ava's daughter Kiki (Kristen Alderson), found himself hiding out at Ava's penthouse from thugs, after racking up a serious online gambling debt. A coincidence it wasn't!
The story really heated up when Ava's mysterious art benefactor, wealthy publisher Derek Wells (William deVry), descended upon Port Charles. Derek, as it turned out, was really Julian Jerome with reconstructive surgery! The sexy SOB was back from the dead and wanted to reclaim his territory from Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard). Let the mob games begin.