Cruz/Eden/Robert (A Martinez, Marcy Walker, Roscoe Born), Santa Barbara
My pre-cut comment is because I HATE triangles with a passion. Loathe them so completely because you can never really make fans of either side happy, and a fanbase will always be miserable in the end. However, there was this ONE triangle that worked for me. See, Cruz and Eden were THE couple. Not just a big, popular soap couple, but literally one of THE most popular supercouples of all time, and literally in the top three supercouples of the 80's (Luke/Laura and Patch/Kayla were the other two). And part of why they were so popular is because they were so clearly IT for each other. This was not a couple where you could do an infidelity story, a misunderstanding of another relationship that led to infideltiy. This was a relationship based on love, trust, honesty, commitment, blah, blah, blah, hands down, no question. None.
So, when Roscoe Born's Robert Barr entered the picture and there was clearly some unknown history there, an incredibly exciting thing happened. Marcy Walker, who had fantastic chemistry with Martinez (not my bag, personally, but I got why they were so loved) wound up having drop-dead OMG! chemistry with Born as well. And the writers crafted this brilliant story of Robert going to prison for ten years to cover a murder Eden had committed -- but one she didn't remember because she got amnesia after the events of her summer with Robert, which she also had forgotten. (Yeah, yeah, amnesia, it IS a soap, after all.) So viewers were treated to flashbacks of these two falling in love -- without it tainting Cruz and Eden's love -- and as Eden remembered and spent more time with Robert, she began to remember those feelings too.
However, and this is why this triangle worked for me. As much as I ADORED Robert and Eden, I never for one single solitary second believed that they would have a happy ending (unless either Marcy Walker left the show at the same time Born did, or Martinez left, which, contract-wise, was not going to happen at that point). I always knew from moment one that it would end with Cruz and Eden, so I was never disappointed or bummed that I wasn't getting my couple ... because I knew it would never happen. Instead, I was just able to enjoy what we did get. As for the Cruz/Eden fans, while there was a little upset that Eden started to soften towards Robert, her love for Cruz, her feelings of great confusion, the mixture of relieving the summer feelings from ten years ago with today were so melded that they could be very safe in their knowledge that Eden would never cross the line (and she didn't, she never slept with Robert) and she and Cruz would come out of it stronger than ever.
And that's exactly what happened. That is why this is the one triangle that I believed worked, and it's widely considered to be the second (or first -- it goes back and forth between this one and Jax/Brenda/Sonny on General Hospital) triangle ever on daytime. Yeah, with all the triangles on daytime, that should tell you just how dang awesome it was!
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?