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?