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Mason


MOST BORING MARRIAGES


COLE AND ASHLEY, OLIVIA AND MALCOLM, ETC., THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS


Y&R has the same problem with its married couples that every other soap has: What do you do with them once you've put them together? In some cases, like with Nikki and Victor (see above), the characters' popularity transcends the occasional routine conversation. But with most of the other duos, a third party has to be brought in to jazz up the action (Nick/Sharon/Grace, Olivia/Malcolm/Callie). Look what happened to Chris and Paul once Danny left (zzzzz). The problem is finding a believable challenge for a married couple once they have overcome every other obstacle to be together. In the case of Chris and Paul, it looks like his father's return will be the catalyst for good story. For Ryan and Tricia, it looks like his son, Phillip, and his ex-wife, Nina, will keep things interesting. For couples like the snooze-inducing Cole and Ashley, that ship may have sailed. Real married couples encounter trials that keep things interesting; sex, money, career, religion, child-rearing and in-laws spring to mind. So why do we hardly ever see that on soaps?
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