It’s the end of the year and a time for reflection, so instead of writing a normal Blissful to Busted column, Lesleyann Medeiros takes a look back over the past year in soaps. Following is a list of her picks for the most blissful and definitely the most busted, storylines, characters, actors and events of 2002 for each soap. We'll do this network by network, and this week’s it’s NBC Daytime’s turn.
DAYS OF OUR LIVES:
Blissful Portrayal of Teenagers: Shawn/Belle and Chloe/Phillip
The great thing about the teenagers on Days of Our Lives is that they actually look and sound like teenagers, and are even shown in school. First, high school was a pivotal part of their existence, and now college is prominently featured.
Belle (Kirsten Storms) and Shawn (Jason Cook) inched their way toward a relationship for two years taking two tentative steps forward and two leaps back almost everyday. All the miscommunication was believable for teens falling in love for the first time. Even when they eventually became boyfriend/girlfriend they still seemed wary of each other at times, before settling into their current blissful state.
Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin) and Phillip (Jay Kenneth Johnson) broke up and got together so many times that they could have been any teenagers in America. Jealously and temptation from other people overwhelmed them (he from Cynthia and she from Brady), and eventually tore them apart for good. Philip’s immaturity was reminiscent of any teenage boy who has just had his heart broken for the first time.
Busted Returns: Billie and Shane
As great as it was to see fan favorites Lisa Rinna (Billie Reed) and Charles Shaughnessy (Shane Donovan) back in Salem after long absences, their returns fell short.
Even though this was the original Billie, her fun and spunk seemed deflated by her new job as a rookie cop. The Billie we knew and loved would’ve never conspired with bad guys to kidnap Hope (Kristian Alfonso). Billie was just too kind hearted for such evil behavior and in turn, viewers turned against the character.
Days would’ve been wise to let Billie and Brandon explore their explosive chemistry and allow Billie to show off her playful and sexy side. Hiding Lisa Rinna’s amazing body underneath that cop uniform was a waste. If Billie had been allowed to explore her femininity and gotten involved with Brandon, the possibilities for a Sami/Billie rivalry were endless.
As for Shane, as good as it was to see him back in action mixing it up with Roman, Bo and John, it would’ve been so much better had he returned to town at the same time as ex-wife Kim (Patsy Pease). Seeing Shane without Kim was only half as nice. Since his character hasn’t been destroyed by his brief appearance in Salem, here’s hoping he makes a speedy return. But next time have it coincide with a family function that Kim will be attending.
Blissful Goodbye: Josh Ryan Evans as Timmy
The sad and sudden death of Josh Ryan Evans was heartbreaking. Coming on the same day his character Timmy died on screen, it seemed somehow fitting that that would be his last airdate.
However, NBC made a wise move in reversing their previous decision not to air any more of Josh’s scenes. When the scenes finally aired, they were a stunning and moving tribute to Josh, and helped his fans achieve a measure closure.
What could be more poignant than a frail looking Josh clothed in white as an angel, telling his beloved Tabby not to worry that he was in a better place now? The final shot of Josh waving goodbye as he slowly faded into a white background that was ostensibly heaven, was enough to move even the strongest person to tears.
Josh’s family and fans couldn’t have asked for a more appropriate onscreen farewell.
Busted Reunion: Sheridan and Luis
After being kept apart for a year, Sheridan (McKenzie Westmore) and Luis (Galen Gering) deserved a proper reunion. What they got instead was one scene of love making. Sheridan and Luis were reunited for only seconds before Antonio (Christopher Douglas) collapsed and was rushed to the hospital.
Once he was pronounced to be dying, and the doctor said stress could kill him on the spot, Sheridan decided to stay with Antonio and not tell him the truth about her relationship with his brother, Luis.
So now Passions fans find themselves in an agonizingly familiar place – rooting for Sheridan and Luis to be together against insurmountable odds. It’s not much consolation that Sheridan and Luis are in the same place at the same time, without amnesia, and want to be together, but can’t. It seems such a shame that Passions didn’t give this super couple a longer time together before ripping them apart again.
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