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31 January 2011 @ 01:29 pm
30 Day Love-Meme, Day 30  
Day 30 - Your favorite ship forever and ever and ever!

Alan-Michael and Lucy Spaulding (Rick Hearst and Sonia Satra), Guiding Light

So obviously it's been a while since I did day 29 (January 17 to be exact). There's a reason for that. I just could not figure out which couple to list. I discarded a bunch of ideas early on, but for one reason or another they just didn't fit. See, the problem is that when I'm into a couple, I'm REALLY into a couple. Like REALLY, REALLY! And when I'm into that couple it's not that less extreme than when I've been REALLY, REALLY into a couple before. So I called my best friend yesterday to ask her who she thought my all-time favorite ship was, and she threw a couple of suggestions at me, and then it hit me while talking to her how to narrow it down. In most of my couples, I'm rooting specifically for one half to get with the other (my current couple, I want Damon to get Elena, in the past, Logan to get Veronica, Danny to get Michelle, which then became Michelle get what she wants, etc.). So even though I love the pairing together, there's always someone in that pairing that I'm rooting for more. Except for one.


Even though Alan-Michael (and Rick Hearst -- loooove him!) was my favorite character of the pair, I always wanted them both to get each other (for different reasons). Alan-Michael was yearning for his ex-wife, Elena (coincidentally, Lucy's sister-in-law ... this *is* a soap opera), but he truly needed someone like Lucy at his side. Someone not so serious, who saw him as the best thing since sliced bread and fully believed in him because he'd never, ever had that (without the manipulation and conniving of his second wife). Whereas with Lucy, she just wanted him so badly. She basically fell for the guy right away, and with him she found a confidence that she hadn't really had before. They just were so very right for each other, and I wanted them together because they really were the perfect fit.

It didn't happen right away. They actually moved pretty much completely away from them, trying the two characters out in other pairings, but there were small scenes here and there that kept the dream alive, until they went the dreaded way of raping the female character. It was terrible. Lucy was a virgin, it was date-rape, but the story that came out of it was genuinely fantastically done with heartfelt emotion, this amazingly beautiful love story developing out of it that didn't have the victim/savior aspect to it because we already had a two-year foundation in their relationship where there was back and forth and where Lucy had emotionally saved him a time or two. The actress, Sonia Satra, grew beautifully; Rick Hearst was his usual awesome self, and crazy, insane twists and turns that were rooted in psychological causes came to light.

They were married (in a horribly cheesy Universal Studios product placement stunt -- it was terrible, and the story was more about his lurking brother come back home, but at least Lucy looked beautiful!), and went on their honeymoon. Where Alan-Michael was almost drowned. When they were rescued and he woke up, he was played by a different actor (Rick Hearst's contract had expired and he wanted out) and Lucy and Alan-Michael quietly faded to the background on the show, and a year later, when her contract expired, Sonia Satra left too. Alan-Michael was brought back to the canvas played by yet another actor about eight years later having divorced Lucy. But in my mind -- because I stopped watching the show when Hearst left except for occasionally -- they lived happily ever after. And had both actors stuck around, I think that despite the typical bumps along the way (being on a soap and all), that's exactly what would have happened. Because nothing but contracts and off-camera influences could have truly torn apart what those two had. :)

Both actors were fantastic, looked fantastic together and had some of THE finest chemistry I've ever seen between two people. (I'd easily place them in my top five ... at #4 to be precise.) They were fun, flirty, with some really light-hearted awesome stuff, they also had great depth, and a wonderfully rich element to their story. Some of the most beautifully tense scenes I've ever watched were with them, as well as some of the hottest, and most emotionally moving. They just lit up the screen together, and I really, really, REALLY wish I had their entire story to watch over again. Ah well, I have my memories.

Past Days ...

Day 01 - What is your current favorite ship?
Day 02 - What was your very first ship?
Day 03 - A pairing that needs to happen now?
Day 04 - The pairing with the most chemistry?
Day 05 - The pairing with the least chemistry?
Day 06 - Best kiss?
Day 07 - The most heartbreaking scene?
Day 08 - The pairing with the most baggage?
Day 09 - The most believable relationship?
Day 10 - The least believable relationship?
Day 11 - Your dream pairing?
Day 12 - Who had the best wedding?
Day 13 - Your favorite television pairing?
Day 14 - What is your favorite book pairing?
Day 15 - What is your favorite real life pairing?
Day 16 - What is the absolute worst pairing?
Day 17 - A pairing you thought would never work out, but did?
Day 18 - What is the cutest pairing?
Day 19 - A pairing you’ve rooted for since the beginning?
Day 20 - The 'can't stand the sexual tension anymore' pairing?
Day 21 - A pairing you like and no one else understands why?
Day 22 - A pairing you hate and no one else understands why?
Day 23 - A crazy love triangle/quadrilateral that worked out great?
Day 24 - A crazy love triangle/quadrilateral that worked out badly?
Day 25 - A pairing that was/would-be adorable, but could never work out?
Day 26 - A pairing that you hated and ended up loving?
Day 27 - A pairing that you loved and ended up hating?
Day 28 - A pairing that you will never understand?
Day 29 - What ship had the best proposal?
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eolivet on January 31st, 2011 06:57 pm (UTC)
Aww! (I don't remember Lucy -- this must've been after '95 -- I stopped following GL around '94-'95, and I swear I don't remember her. Sonia Satra sounds soooo familiar, though...hmmm...)

Anyway, I loved your criteria for this. Because you're right -- there is always someone in the couple who we root for just a little bit more, whose happiness we "prize" over the other person's, whose story is just a little more compelling. I love that you chose a couple where you rooted for both sides equally. To me, that's the absolute definition of One True Pairing. :D

This was so much fun to read -- thank you for filling it out!!! Great trip down memory lane, enlightening and interesting all at the same time. :)
Arabian: What's not to Love? (Logan)arabian on January 31st, 2011 09:26 pm (UTC)
Nope, Lucy was introduced in 1993. She was Buzz's long-lost daughter, and the rest of the family was initially not happy about her. She came to town literally the day that Harley left, and they saw each other for about two seconds without knowing they were sisters.

Anyway, I loved your criteria for this. Because you're right -- there is always someone in the couple who we root for just a little bit more, whose happiness we "prize" over the other person's, whose story is just a little more compelling. I love that you chose a couple where you rooted for both sides equally. To me, that's the absolute definition of One True Pairing. :D

It really was a struggle picking the couple, but this criteria narrowed it down quite easily. :)

Thanks for inspiring me to do this. I loved yours too. :D
irlandesakirlandesak on January 31st, 2011 08:24 pm (UTC)
Controversial choice. Lucy got so much hate. =/ But I love it.

RH's Alan-Michael Spaulding is probably my favorite daytime character ever. He was smart, handsome, rich, loyal, sneaky...everything a good Spaulding should be, yet never quite good enough for his Phillip obsessed family.

But not for Lucy. I vividly remember their first scene together which doesn't often happen with me. He almost ran her over after he escaped from Harley and Mallet's wedding and she made him give her a ride into town. He made some nasty comment about her boots and I am pretty sure she put them on his lap. I loved them right away.

And I liked the process they went through to get together. It was somewhat of a unique way of getting them together. Usually a show would have them get together and break up but I loved that they dated for a while, realized they weren't in the same place so they had an amicable split. For some reason I didn't panic when they did this even though I wasn't sure what the show had planned. But it worked out for the best. A-M definitely had some Eleni issues to get through and I liked that he had to work for Lucy.

Frankly, even though it was much maligned, the rape was handled well and I even loved the crazy Brent/Marian cross dressing craziness. I think all the actors involved made that work.

I've enjoyed this. Some couples I don't love like you do but others, like Lucy and A-M, have been so much fun to talk about years later.
Arabian: Mr. and Mrs. Coacharabian on January 31st, 2011 09:34 pm (UTC)
ontroversial choice. Lucy got so much hate. =/ But I love it.

Prior to the rape; after it, there was much, much less hate for her (and them). But yeah, that first go-round, it was hard being a Lucy/Alan-Michael fan. Love that you loved them too.

Ah, that first scene. I remember it too. She made a comment about his expensive car, he made a crack about her cheap boots, and she laid those cheap boots right on top of his expensive car's dashboard. Hee! But that wasn't the first time I saw them, I came in after the fact and saw some dinky scene with them at a hotel, by the elevator. He did something that mildly annoyed her, she smacked him on the arm and sassed him and I was like "oh!" but stupidly did not continue watching. When two weeks had passed and I still was unable to get them out of my mind, I tuned in and it was their first make-out session (SO HOT!) aboard his yacht. The episode ended on them going at it, and then the next began with her blurting out that she was a virgin. I was so beyond sold.

In retrospect I liked the process of them, but I only watched the show for them and so stopped watching when they split up because I figured they were done for. So glad they revisited them, and so well.

I remember there was some malignment for the rape, but eventually most critics/viewers were won over because they really did do a fantastic job, marrying the reality of date rape and the effects with the OTT Brent, cross-dressing story.

I've loved hearing your comments on these. You should do this too! :D
irlandesakirlandesak on January 31st, 2011 11:26 pm (UTC)
I remember there was some malignment for the rape, but eventually most critics/viewers were won over because they really did do a fantastic job, marrying the reality of date rape and the effects with the OTT Brent, cross-dressing story.

There is still some retroactive dislike. Every once in a while they'll come up on a general board (like TWoP where I like to read the threads of dead soaps because so often there are good memories) and while there are people who like them, there are also others who said Lucy did nothing for A-M.

I'm always a little appalled. Love them or hate them, Lucy was the first and perhaps ONLY person to love A-M unconditionally. And she was the first woman he didn't try to really manipulate through lies.

So to say nothing? Pfft, I think she gave him peace.

I've loved hearing your comments on these. You should do this too! :D

Thanks so much. I have thought about it but every time I do, there is a question I wouldn't have a clue how to answer.
Arabianarabian on January 31st, 2011 11:31 pm (UTC)
Yes, Lucy did love him unconditionally, and he didn't manipulate her. *sigh* Blech, TWoP!

Which question? You can always do what I did and answer with a "none, nobody, etc." Lol!
leosgreensleosgreens on February 11th, 2011 03:55 am (UTC)
Ah, Lucy and Alan-Michael! I'm so happy you introduced me to them all those years ago. Just makes me sad GH never picked up Sonia Satra to be Felicia's long lost sister or something. Then she and Rick Hearst could have been together again! LOL