Who is Carly Tenney’s Greatest Love?
Valentine’s Day is here and that means a lot of thought about love for soap fans. I thought it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane and revisit the great loves of Carly Tenney’s lifetime in an effort to figure out just who Carly’s greatest love is.
Let’s begin with the marriages, and there have been quite a few, haven’t there? First she married Hal Munson (to become pregnant and earn $50 million). He divorced her and Brad Snyder conned her in to marrying him. Brad actually fell hard for Carly but she was hung up on brother Jack so Brad eventually set Carly free. Jack was hurt about her deceptions so Carly left town again and fell into another loveless marriages (to Winston Lowe) but she never gave up hope that her G-man would come to her rescue.
So let’s focus on the G-Man himself for a few minutes.
While she was away from Oakdale, recovering from a miscarriage, Carly met and fell hard for Jack Snyder. Her G-Man was a breath of fresh air for Carly and not just because they were spending a lot of alone time in Montana! But the road wasn't exactly smooth sailing. Sure, they were immediately attracted but Jack was certain that Carly was exactly what he didn't need in his life - at least at first.
By the time Jack figured out that he really did love her, Carly was married to his brother Brad and then forced to marry Winston Lowe. It looked like these star-crossed lovers would never actually connect. Finally, though, Jack and Carly met in the right place at the right time and finally gave in to their feelings. They were married in 2002. But that bumpy road caused a few more problems: Jack was raped by Julia, who later showed up with a baby in tow, Carly slept with Mike Kasnoff (again!) and later learned she was pregnant. Jack forgave Carly and they renewed their vows in Montana a few weeks later - just in time to learn that Sage was Jack's child.
Things seemed to finally be on the right track for Jack and Carly until 2006 when hunky Simon Frasier blew into town. Carly immediately felt sparks with Simon and that attraction grew into a full-blown affair. Simon and Carly, desperate to fund their new business, schemed to steal the Crown Jewels of Prince Adolfo and would have gotten away with it but nemesis Katie stuck her nose into Carly's business and wrote about the heist.
To save her children - and Jack - from further scrutiny because of her, Carly decided to leave town with Simon forever. Their plane was nearly ready for take-off when Carly decided she had to see her kids one more time. She did leave town, but returned in 2007 with Jack and her kids still on her mind.
Which brings us to the question: through all of the good and bad times with Jack, Carly has often been torn between him and family, specifically her children. So, if Jack Carly's true love? Or is it her kids?
We know Carly would do nearly anything for those kids: in only the past eight months she has followed JJ's kidnappers to Idaho, protected Sage from a band of thieving Santa's and ran to Chicago to find Parker when he ran away from home.
On the other hand, Jack has always been there to pull Carly out of danger. He risked his own career to allow her to leave town with Simon (and avoid jail time), he stood by her through the pregnancy with Sage when he didn't know if the child was his and together they adopted JJ. Jack has been blown up, shot at, beaten up and emasculated on occasion but he and Carly have always worked their way back to one another.
Does this make them one of Oakdale's greatest loves? You get to decide! Leave us a comment here or start your own thread on the message boards. Tell us why (or why not) Jack is Carly's true soul-mate or tell us why (or why not) her kids are her "true north".