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    2012 Best & Worst Soap Opera Storylines.

    Tuesday, December 25 2012


    (CBS)
    With 2012 coming to a close, Soaps.com writers are giving the rundown on the most memorable storylines this year. We’re dishing on which ones worked and which didn’t.

    The Bold And The Beautiful:
    Stephanie’s Death was considered to be the best storyline on "B&B" in 2012. With the exception of Ridge missing, and some controversy over who was with her at the end, the story of Stephanie’s death was very well done. There were plenty of emotional beats, one-on-one goodbyes, flashbacks, and a moving celebration-of-life party – all in all a wonderful way to send a beloved character permanently off the canvas. Also amazing was how Stephanie came back from beyond the grave to deliver a twist in the Forrester Creations power struggle. On the other hand, the worst storyline as guessed was the Steffy/Liam/Hope Triangle. Repetitive, endless, and dragged to its death to the point where few viewers liked Liam anymore and only the most fervent fans cared which girl he ended up with at all. Even worse, it was featured daily to the exclusion of other stories and characters, which, if they were seen at all, were obsessing over the ‘dreaded triangle’. Horrid. Runners-up: Marcus’ hit-and-run, Ridge and Brooke’s break-up.

    Days Of Our Lives:
    It was the year Salem literally fell into the sewer and it didn't seem to make any difference. Most of the year was retreading old plots. Sami, EJ and Rafe continued to circle around her booty like it was pirate gold. Kristen returned to town to revive a plot that died a decade ago. For the moderately mummified Marlena it seemed about as alive as anything else in her world. Meanwhile, there were a few new strands. In spite of some excessively PC moments, Will's coming out wins best storyline because it allowed the character to actually be explored in some depth, which is rare enough in Salem. It also served to highlight different facets to the characters around him, particularly his family and EJ. However, Will soon found himself in the midst of Gabbagate. Gabi's pregnancy plot was the worst because it’s 2012 and nobody in the world cares that a 20 year old girl got knocked up by her best friend, gay or not. Making it even worse, nobody cares about Gabi, who was the hapless villain of one of the year's other big flops – the Melnapping. Other nasty memories of 2012: Stefano and Kate's hasty break-up, which was a bad idea and poorly executed. But the most traumatic story of the year was Jenn and Daniel's on and off, his shaky hands, her two-bit grief over the heinously squashed Jack and the surgeon's miracle cure by soaking his hands in her guts.


    (ABC)
    General Hospital:
    Hollie’s vote for best "GH" storyline was Duke’s return. For pure camp and soapy goodness, Duke’s return from the dead for the second time was on the mark. But when we found out he was really Faison in a Duke mask, things got even more gasp-inducing. With Robin and Robert also tied to this storyline, we can’t wait to see what happens. Hollie voted "GH’s" worst storyline to be Jason’s exit. After 21 years, fans felt they deserved better than watching him get shot in the back and kicked into the harbor. This, after only getting one night with the son he never even knew was really his.

    The Young And The Restless:
    Sharon’s story tied for both best and worst of the year. After a great deal of consideration, it became clear that Sharon’s journey has emerged as both the best and the worst storyline on "Y&R" this past year. How is that possible? Simple. The writing for the character was so questionable that Sharon became virtually unrecognizable as the well-established romantic heroine and mother she had previously been. To some viewers, her actions, such as marrying and bedding her children’s grandfather, were positively heartbreaking to watch and unforgivably out-of-character. Yet somehow, viewers couldn’t get enough of Sharon and her increasingly bizarre antics. We couldn’t wait to see what she would do or say next, and it became quite entertaining to see her behaving in ways we never would have imagined. Sharon Case committed fully to the writing for her character and made acting choices that won us over and drew us in no matter how unbelievable the storyline became.

    Please leave Soaps.com a comment below with your own votes for what storylines of 2012 win for best or worst.

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    USER COMMENTS

    Posted by Love Triangle at Wednesday, December 26 2012 06:09 AM

    Yess the worst story line of the bold and beautiful is Liam/Hope/Steffy love triangle !!

    Posted by IheartWilSon at Wednesday, December 26 2012 05:15 PM

    Best of Days:
    Will coming out
    Will & Sonny's love story
    Lucas learning to accept his son is gay
    Who shot Stefano?
    Daysaster
    Sonny & Chad open Common Grounds
    Eric returning, his tragic time in Africa and his influence on Nicole
    Will's arrest, EJ helping him & Neil giving his alibi

    Worst of Days:
    Everything to do with Carrie & Austin
    Nicole's baby
    Gabi and Nick manipulating Will
    Gabi arranging Mel's kidnapping
    Bo's ending storyline
    Caroline's Alzthimer's half done, unrealistic storyline
    Jennifer & Daniel (Although I thought they handled Christmas very well.)
    Sami/EJ/Rafe triangle
    Everything with Rafe
    Kristen & Brady
    Kristen & Marlena

    Looking forward to:
    The wedding and secrets being revealed
    Sami choosing a man and not pining after the other one
    Eric and Nicole
    Seeing what happens with Chad
    Anything new for the new Cameron

    Posted by days4ever2 at Wednesday, December 26 2012 06:25 PM

    Bo's ending story has got to be the worst in soap history (along with maybe Ridge on B&B but I don't watch that show). The writers are lazy and are scared to upset the Bo and Hope fans but that is what they ended up doing but worse IMO.

    Posted by Barbyboo at Wednesday, December 26 2012 08:31 PM

    The triangle will be worst of 2013 also unless the shows cancelled

    Posted by mg1729 at Thursday, December 27 2012 01:42 AM

    Worst of Y&R That Victor was brought back. That Adam is still in the show.
    That they can't give Ronan an actual relationship that lasts and that he is on the show long enough

    Posted by mg1729 at Thursday, December 27 2012 02:02 AM

    Worst Sttoryline for B&B is
    1.the dreaded triangle Liam/Steffy/Hope
    2.Ridge as a father
    3. Stephanie dying in Brooke's arms I would rather she had died alone than with Brooke
    4. Hope and all her press conference fashion lines and declaring her personal life to the world

    Posted by mg1729 at Thursday, December 27 2012 02:06 AM

    Best storyline
    1. Liam and Steffy getting back together best couple in history of soaps
    2. Brooke being finally dumped by Ridge
    3.thomas and Caroline until it was ruined by Mr Bell writing

    Posted by tariro at Thursday, December 27 2012 04:54 AM

    Best storlyline
    Will coming out , Will's relationship with Sonny , Will's relationship with EJ (though they don't share enough screen time these days. Eric's return. In Y and R its Sharon's bipolar which kind of explained a lot and though I hate triangles the Sharon -Adam- Chelsea cause it was the first one were I wasn't sure who should win for most of it !

    the worst of Days was that dreaded triangle Sami-Rafe and EJ -come on its not that hard or interesting make up your mind!Nicole's baby and her lying about it to Ej for all that time and Rafe's involvement in this sucked. Gabi and all her troubles- does anyone care.

    Posted by Stubby at Thursday, December 27 2012 08:28 AM

    The never ending triangle on B&B, is the worst storyline ever.

    Posted by Katz123 at Saturday, December 29 2012 04:03 PM

    Agreed for B&B worst s/l: Steffy/Liam/Hope triangle is completely boring. Carolyn and Rick are not far behind on the boring scale. I hated that Stephanie died with Brooke - didn't make sense at all, having watched the show from day one.

    Best story for the year: None really, there was none that stood out as very interesting.

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