Celebrating GH: Our Favorite Couples
Our celebration of General Hospital's big 50th anniversary continues, and this look back is accompanied by a soundtrack of some classic slow jams. That's right: it's time to talk romance and it's really an embarrassment of riches. So many wonderful couples! Way too many to name, so we apologize in advance for any omissions--please post your favorites in the comments and join as as we swoon, sigh and get all giddy as we reminisce about our Favorite General Hospital Couples.
We could argue about this until we are blue in the face (and we really do mean "we": Louise and Mallory could easily debate this pressing issue for hours, loudly and passionately and with various YouTube clips as evidence. "AS YOU CAN SEE HERE at moment 4:02, Brenda's eyes literally light up when Jax enters the room!"), but nobody can deny that both of these pairings (and the triangle in general) are iconic. Vanessa Marcil, chemistry magnet that she is, sparkled with both Maurice Benard and Ingo Rademacher. You could almost (almost!) admit that you could even see why the other Brenda-loving fanbase was so popular (even though they were totally wrong, obviously).
It was a pairing filled with all sorts of cliches--Patrick was basically the archetypal Arrogant Cad, M.D!--but it turned into something so freaking good that it basically single-handedly saved the show for us during the dark, dark early 2000's era. Kimberly McCullough and Jason Thompson had such fabulous, natural chemistry that for YEARS, the most common search that led Googlers to Serial Drama was "Are Kimberly McCullough and Jason Thompson dating in real life?" We sort of got a reputation as being semi-hysterical Scrubs fangirls. And maybe we were, a little. But can you blame us? They were SO DAMN CUTE. Not even freaking BLOG WARS dimmed their cuteness (okay, it did dim it by a lot, but they successfully rebounded from it)!
The writer tried their hardest to ruin this pairing with the absolutely wretched writing Jacob Young's Lucky received, the completely un-Lucky characterization Greg Vaughan was given, and the tragedy and tear filled turn their relationship took during Jonathan Jackson's last stint in Port Charles. But all of the effort in the world won't be able to ruin their early years. They were so sweet and so wonderful and even the singing and guitar playing (which usually causes us profound secondhand embarrassment, no matter what characters are involved) seemed wonderful, didn't it? Jonathan Jackson and Rebecca Herbst were just SO good together and this pairing will probably always stand out as one of the best young love stories in all of soapdom.
SEAN AND TIFFANY
How cute were they? Really! She was such a high-maintenance princess and he was yet another member of the kick-ass adventure crew and somehow it just worked. While they often provided the show with comic relief even in their battles ("Pooh on you, Sean, pooh on you!"), they had a serious spark that lit up the screen on top of that. And best of all, they made each other crack up every bit as much as they made us laugh. We miss you, Sean and Elsie Mae Crumholz! Come back and see us sometime?
TOM AND SIMONE
(Ugh! Why is it so hard to find a decent photo of these two? They were a big deal!) Anyway, let's first clarify one thing here: we are not talking about all the weird recasts over the years. This was not a couple that really withstood the test of new actors in the roles. And while there were some days that the writing made Tom and Simone feel a little more like an important issue than an organic couple, the chemistry between David Wallace and Laura Carrington was hard to ignore. The recasts meant that the ship sailed long, long ago, but we'd sure love to see what became of young Tom Hardy, Jr., wouldn't we?
FRISCO AND FELICIA
While it's all the rage now to be Team Mac, we can all admit this is not a matter of rooting for the more exciting pairing, right? It's just that we've watched Mac alone and so damn good all these years that we need him to get a win. So let's put that aside just for a second and talk about the flames on screen from the very first moment Frisco met Felicia (how could he possibly mistake her for a young boy and not CLEARLY AN AZTEC PRINCESS?). Somebody in casting clearly had their glasses on the day they made that choice, since what happened on screen spilled over into real life and Jack and Kristina Wagner were married (though not quite as many times as their characters were). And while neither the actors nor the characters ended up together in the end (so far), they definitely proved their staying power years after their onscreen love story had slowed with a memorably hot (but somehow still very sweet) love scene in the middle of a crushing tragedy that made us all a little less despondent.
TONY AND TANIA
A lot of GH couples get the "iconic" treatment in any trips down memory lane, but some pairings tend to get a little forgotten in the mix because of their lack of high drama. Tony and Tania Jones didn't go on very many world-saving adventures together, nor was either of them ever presumed dead for a year. Sure, their romance started with a flavor of scandal since she'd previously been his brother Frisco's love interest, but it was hardly the barware-throwing passionate shocker. They were just a nice, sweet, solid couple. And her death was just one of the saddest things to ever happen on television. It kicked off a great storyline where Tony had to operate on the kid responsible for the car accident that killed his wife. And of course, eventually the death of Tony and Tania's daughter B.J. was one of the most heartbreaking things any of us has ever sat through. (Was anyone not sobbing during that rerun during the SoapNet marathon? Ouch!) THIS IS ALL SO SAD. LET'S STOP TALKING ABOUT THIS NOW. But theirs was a sweet love story that led to a great legacy on the show, and it makes us feel better to imagine Tony up there in soap character heaven, finally reunited with his great love Tania and his little girl B.J.
ANNA AND DUKE
We may have mentioned an affinity for Anna and Duke here on Serial Drama. A few times. After all, what is puberty if not for dimples like his and hair like hers? That tango! That kilt! And after a frustrating start revealed to be an impostor all along, we've learned that a Back-From-The-Dead Duke is every bit the loving gentleman he always was more than twenty years ago. Hey, you know that whole love-during-mob-wartime thing we've been watching for what seems like forever? Here's a man who actually did leave the mob. FOR LOVE. Y'all! You can't mess with that. And Duke's insanely adorable relationship with Anna's daughter Robin was just the icing on the cake.
EDWARD AND LILA
What is there to say about Edward and Lila, really? They were the cutest. They were the sweetest. She kept that curmudgeon from going too far over the line whenever she could and the fact that he loved her was his redeeming quality even in his darkest moments. Anna Lee was adorable with both David Lewis and with John Ingle, and Lila provided a much-needed heart and soul for this show during her entire time on the series.
Honorable Mentions: Steve and Audrey, Carly and Jax, Robert and Holly, Ned and Lois, Foster and Annabelle, Dante and Lulu, Lucy and Kevin, Alan and Monica, Ned and Alexis
Dream of the Future: Liz and A.J.!