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SOD Best & Worst -- 2003
Topic Started: Nov 29 2009, 06:38 PM (1,709 Views)
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WORST RETURN


MACY, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL


Our suspicion that Macy never really died in 2000 didn't lessen the emotional impact of her miraculous return two years later. B&B took all the right steps by setting Macy's "resurrection" and reunion with Thorne in Italy during a spectacular location shoot. We even accepted the convoluted survival story because, bottom line, it brought our beloved heroine back.

But a bitter pill came less than a year later as myriad personality changes sent Macy into a storyline tailspin. In quick order, she dumped Thorne, screeched at Brooke and Amber, married Deacon, played doting mom to little Eric and revived her singing career. Then, while performing on-stage, the chanteuse was crushed by a falling chandelier. Macy slipped into a coma and the plug was pulled - off-camera, no less. For now, we can only hope that she has somehow cheated death again. Until then, we feel just plain cheated.
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BEST WEDDINGS


RAFE AND ALISON, CALEB AND LIVVIE, PORT CHARLES


You can usually count on a soap wedding to provide tears, smiles and an unexpected twist. PC gave us two unions in an episode that was also the show's finale, and it turned out to be gripping drama.

Each marriage was a love match, but the ceremonies were as different as...heaven and hell. For angelic sweethearts Rafe and Alison, it was a joyous celebration of true love triumphing at last. The nups of vampires Caleb and Livvie were dark and somber, yet filled with intensity and passion. Polar opposites, but one secret tied these couples together, and the revelation was a jaw-dropper: Alison was pregnant with Caleb's baby.

It was a shattering turn of events on a day that should have been total bliss for the newlyweds. And quite an ending for a show that had prided itself on shocking surprises throughout its six-year run.
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Can't believe no one's done a fan fiction following the way PC ended.
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WORST WEDDING


JACK AND JENNIFER, DAYS OF OUR LIVES


What should have been one of the most romantic moments of 2003 turned out to be its most disappointing. Instead of the lavish, week-long weddings DAYS usually produces, Jack and Jen's second-time-around nuptials were crammed into one episode. The vows were cut short, the reception was quick and you never saw the Deverauxes on their honeymoon. Having Jamie Lyn Bauer back as Laura was a highlight, but the absence of Jen's father, Bill, and brother Mike was glaring. (Half-brother Lucas was an able stand-in, but when Jack turned up dead five months later, did it seem plausible that his best man offed him? Um, no.) Perhaps the biggest slap, though, was that the wedding played second fiddle to the fact that it was being aired in Salem on Jack and Jen's show IN THE HOUSE. That's just bad programming all around.
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J&J's second wedding was an embarrassment. I would vote it as one of the worst soap weddings ever. Thanks a fucking lot, Dena Higley!
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Nov 29 2009, 07:57 PM
J&J's second wedding was an embarrassment. I would vote it as one of the worst soap weddings ever. Thanks a fucking lot, Dena Higley!
Nods head profusely.
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MOST BORING COUPLE


NATALIE AND CRISTIAN, ONE LIFE TO LIVE


There's a belief that a soap couple can't be together for long without becoming boring. That said, Natalie and Cristian were a cliché in the making.

Oh, initially, the coupling held promise: Nat's a spitfire who had recently learned that she is the daughter of town pillar Viki; Cris was a sensitive artist with a checkered past. But when they hooked up, everything interesting about them seemed to fly out the window. Cris spent too much of their relationship searching for a job. Sassy Nat morphed into a perpetual damsel-in-distress. And it was puzzling that the show barely addressed the fact that Natalie's "new" sister, Jessica, was Cris's ex. No major awkwardness there? (You'd think the girls would've made some comparisons!)

Well, Cristian's dead, and we expect Natalie to move on. Hopefully, love will be more exciting for her the next time around.
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MOST TORTURED COUPLE


LUIS AND SHERIDAN, PASSIONS


No surprise here. This marks the third year Sheridan and Luis take this category, a soap classic. In 2000, their own stubbornness kept them apart. In 2002, Sheridan was presumed dead. And this year, well, she was stuck in a pit.

When 2003 began, the lovers planned to elope to save Sheridan from a loveless marriage to Luis's brother, Antonio. However, Luis's fiancee, Beth, thwarted their plan. Sheridan wed Antonio - then found out that she was expecting Luis's child. Beth teamed up with Charlie (really Sheridan's evil dad, Alistair, in disguise) to kidnap the Crane heiress and pass the baby off as her own. After months of searching for his missing soul mate (who was right under his nose), Luis (a cop!) rescued the drowning damsel. Now that Antonio finally knows the truth about their love, there's hope that the nail-biting anticipation is nearly over. In the meantime, viewers deserve the Most Patient Fans award!
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BEST PAYOFF


CARLY AND JACK, AS THE WORLD TURNS


There's a kind of shorthand among Carjackers to explain what scene first hooked them: Montana; the diamond pat-down; the boathouse; the compass; Carly's Prize...These were the moments that sold this couple, in all their swooning glory. Mostly, though, it was torture - we all remember at least one point when it went frustratingly, heartbreakingly awry. Sure, that's what great soap romances are about, but you couldn't quite know if the show would just give up on these two.

That's why no one expected a tender, intimate, no-tricks wedding, followed by the revelation that Jack is actually the father of Carly's baby - and month after month of solid happiness. Whether your investment began six years or six weeks before this greatest landmark on the list of milestones, ATWT proved it was worth the wait.
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BEST SOCIAL EVENT


THE GALA, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS


Nobody throws a party like Y&R, and Genoa City's Arts Council gala was no exception. Sure, there was glitz and glamour, but what made the night stand out was the tasty drama served up like hors d'oeuvres. Couples split; others came together. Comedy was on the menu as rivals Phyllis and Drucilla arrived in the same dress, Sharon brazenly stole the spotlight from mother-in-law Nikki - on national television, no less - and the carefully selected food was lost in a car accident. Appetizing character moments included a scene showing that Diane still knows how to push ex-husband Victor's buttons, and pre-teen Cassie had her first official date. Pathos then derailed the festivities when Ashley suffered a mental breakdown, while J.T.'s missing date, Colleen, was in mortal peril when Kevin torched Gina's. Now, that's what we call a night to remember.
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Nov 29 2009, 06:38 PM
BEST COUPLE


SONNY AND CARLY, GENERAL HOSPITAL


Passionate, vulnerable, stubborn, flawed...Sonny and Carly are a fascinating kaleidoscope of emotions that tip one way and then another.

They were contenders for "Most Tortured Couple" - and it's been a turbulent year - but Sonny and Carly's fierce commitment in the face of adversity makes us celebrate their overwhelming love.

When Carly almost lost their unborn son and feared he was fathered by Ric, Sonny supported and trusted his wife. Then she was kidnapped, by Ric and then Alcazar. Each was sustained by an unshakable faith in the other, and Sonny and Carly were eventually reunited. This year, their marriage has been put to the ultimate test: Can another man come between them by taking advantage of Carly's fragile mental state following her shooting?

Although Sonny and Carly (along with their legion of fans) were put through the wringer in 2003, they are the model for how to keep a couple exciting after the "I do's."
I can't believe they were ever considered daytime's best couple. They're so toxic for each other and not in a good way. After all that's happened between these two, they should never get back together.
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Nov 29 2009, 08:34 PM
I can't believe they were ever considered daytime's best couple. They're so toxic for each other and not in a good way. After all that's happened between these two, they should never get back together.
Just like Todd Manning and Tea/Blair. Actually, they may be worse.
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Mason
Nov 29 2009, 08:23 PM
BEST SOCIAL EVENT


THE GALA, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS


Nobody throws a party like Y&R, and Genoa City's Arts Council gala was no exception. Sure, there was glitz and glamour, but what made the night stand out was the tasty drama served up like hors d'oeuvres. Couples split; others came together. Comedy was on the menu as rivals Phyllis and Drucilla arrived in the same dress, Sharon brazenly stole the spotlight from mother-in-law Nikki - on national television, no less - and the carefully selected food was lost in a car accident. Appetizing character moments included a scene showing that Diane still knows how to push ex-husband Victor's buttons, and pre-teen Cassie had her first official date. Pathos then derailed the festivities when Ashley suffered a mental breakdown, while J.T.'s missing date, Colleen, was in mortal peril when Kevin torched Gina's. Now, that's what we call a night to remember.
Perhaps the creative highlight of Y&R in this decade. It was an "event" but it was damn good from a character driven standpoint and highly entertaining. It helped Y&R win the Outstanding Drama Series Emmy in 2004.
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MOST REJUVENATED MALE CHARACTER


JOSH, GUIDING LIGHT


For way too long, Josh and portrayer Robert Newman's sublime, subtle charms have been overlooked. Thankfully, this year Josh found himself in the storyline spotlight, and we couldn't be more pleased with his move to center stage.

The first dramatic punch occurred when a car accident caused by Josh left son Shayne paralyzed and the Lewis marriage on the rocks. The meaty family conflict gave Newman great material. (Josh and Reva's marital knock-'em-out fights are always must-see TV.) And the many tentacles to this story - Josh's unique relationships with Shayne, Marah, Reva and Billy - have breathed new life into Mr. Lewis.

Now, with the family drama still simmering, Josh's mysterious past with Maryanne Carruthers has suddenly surfaced, and he's already embroiled in another tale. We give Josh's revitalization a standing ovation.
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MOST REJUVENATED FEMALE CHARACTER


ERICA, ALL MY CHILDREN


This was, simply put, a boffo year for Erica (and her portrayer, Susan Lucci, who knocked our socks off on multiple occasions). La Kane seemed to be everywhere at once - and deservedly so, after keeping a bafflingly low profile in 2002. Erica's '03 kicked off with the welcome rebirth of her romance with Jackson, but her renaissance was truly realized through the new levels of intimacy she reached with Bianca (the daughter she loves unreservedly) and Kendall (the daughter she loves with major reservations). These relationships provided a steady stream of moving moments - perhaps because they signaled so boldly that the character, who has often seemed more girl than woman, has finally softened her decades-long grip on her adolescence. Erica ain't all grown up - a girl's gotta have some fun - but with her newfound maturity, she's positioned to enter '04 with her head held up higher than ever.
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BEST TEENS


THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS


What's a teen without problems? (Rhetorical!) Well, Y&R's youth brigade has plenty of the younger set, and thanks to talented performers and smart writing, they're an engrossing bunch. Teen queen Colleen alarmed her parents by dating college boy J.T., but their touching, tender romance won us over. Lily learned a valuable lesson when, feeling isolated from her family and friends, she met Kevin, an Internet predator, who spoon-fed her everything she wanted to hear. Not only did she lose her virginity to the creep, but she wound up with an STD in the process. Pepper in spunky advice-giver Sierra, who morphed from silent sidekick to mouthy maven when she stood up to psycho Kevin, and these three girls are Charlie's Angels-in-training. Who says that youth is wasted on the young?
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MOST ANNOYING CHARACTERS


APRIL, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL
FLYNN, ONE LIFE TO LIVE
ROSE, AS THE WORLD TURNS


What happens when you put three able actors into three twin roles? Triple the irritation, we're sorry to say.

B&B's April (Adrienne Frantz), the trashy rocker with a cornpone drawl, only served to remind us how much we missed diluted look-alike Amber's original sass. OLTL's Trevor St. John (Walker/Todd) was on his way to success in a part that no one thought was recastable, but went too far with flamboyant Flynn, who flounced about like SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE's Dieter from SPROCKETS. And ATWT's Rose, whose spunkiness and flair once helped Martha Byrne win a second Emmy, became so gratingly indecisive that we had to wonder what all the romantic fuss over her was about.

But the twin triumvirate's biggest victims were Amber, Walker and Lily, who sacrificed a bit of themselves so we could see double - and just ended up making everyone a little nauseated.
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BEST SECRET


MICHAEL AND KEVIN ARE BROTHERS, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS


In hindsight, we should have suspected it. They share the same brow, the same antisocial tendencies and, sadly, a seedy history of misogyny. But you could have knocked us over with a feather when new-creep-in-town Kevin went searching for a much-needed lawyer, entered Michael's office and uttered the words, "Hey, bro." What?! The best part of this plot point is, not only does it make sense because the men share similar psychological profiles, the fact that Y&R was able to pull off this shocker without it leaking out made the payoff all the more sweet. It's nice to know that soaps can still surprise us - and make us tune in for more.
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WORST SECRET


BEN IS THE SERIAL KILLER, GUIDING LIGHT


Once upon a time, viewers watched a sweet kid named Ben grow up. He befriended Bill and Michelle, confided in dad Fletcher and listened to H.B. tell stories on the front porch. Given soaps' penchant for the extreme, Ben had a relatively stable childhood.

Fast-forward to 2003, when a vengeful serial killer stalked Springfield. As the body count rose, suspicion fell on Ben. After all, didn't he return home in 2001 as a slimy frat boy? When Ben committed suicide, friends finally uncovered his motivation: He'd been sexually abused as a teenager at boarding school.

Huh? Besides being a slap in the face to long-time viewers, this revelation had hardly any repercussions on the town that raised him. (Fletcher was a no-show during the denouement; Bill and Michelle's hotline is never mentioned.) This secret was so far out of left field that we had to cry foul.
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That shit with Ben being a killer and killing himself is what caused me to quit watching GL the first time. Thank God Ellen Weston hasn't been employed by a soap since. A Grade-A HACK if ever there was one.
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