2013 Favorite Daytime Couples: Days of our Lives’ Eric and Nicole
Weâ€™ve been showing primetime actors lots ofÂ end-of-the-year love. Now weâ€™re shining a light on daytime. Two of our TV Goodness writers are soap fans so we decided to name our favorite couples of the year. Now it’s Tina’s turn.
Confession: At one point in my TV watching career, Iâ€™ve loved, adored, and worshiped just about every daytime drama. But a few years ago, I gave them all up. My favorite characters were either leaving or they werenâ€™t being written for at all or well enough to keep me watching. But this year, I got back into Days of our Lives. Why? Because Eric Brady was back in Salem. Now I was a huge fan of Jensen Acklesâ€™ portrayal of Samiâ€™s good and decent twin brother. And even though he didnâ€™t reprise this role (Iâ€™m the biggest Supernatural fan so Iâ€™m so thankful for that), I ended up tuning in to see how Greg Vaughan was doing. He used to be Diego on The Young and the Restless. And he was the third Lucky Spencer on General Hospital. And as much as I loved Jonathan Jacksonâ€™s Lucky, I also loved Vaughanâ€™s Lucky. I didnâ€™t tune back in to DOOL right away, however. I had heard they had made Eric a priest and I just couldnâ€™t make that leap. But one day I did start watching and I loved what I was seeing. And slowly but surely, I ended up getting hooked once again.
My favorite daytime couple of the year isnâ€™t really a couple yet but I donâ€™t care. I canâ€™t get enough of Eric and Nicole. They went through so much in 2013. Nicole worked for Eric at St. Lukeâ€™s in order to get her life back on track. Eric gave her that chance and sheâ€™s run with it. However, things were painful for poor Nicole since she realized her feelings for her ex never really went away. She had fantasies about him. Arianne Zucker did a fantastic job showing us how difficult it was for her character to be so close to Eric but yet so far. She couldnâ€™t let him find out she was in love with him so she often acted out like only Nicole can (Vargas, anyone?).
And Eric remained oblivious to these feelings for most of the year. Almost too oblivious. I think he really was in denial. He didnâ€™t want to see the truth. He couldnâ€™t. He took his job and his vows seriously. Then Kristen happened. In a bid to get revenge on Marlena after her first wedding attempt to Brady went bust, she made Eric her next victim. Now Iâ€™m not going to sit here and say that I agree with the show going where it did. They had Kristen drug and rape Eric in a hotel room — it wasnâ€™t pleasant.
But I will say the drama that has resulted from this hideous act, has been amazing to watch and the cast involved in this storyline has done some phenomenal work. But I am so invested in Eric and Nicole becoming a couple, when he accused her of being the one to rape him after finding out what she truly felt about him, I could barely finish watching the scenes. Vaughan and Zucker were that good. And the emotion was so raw and painful and powerful and I couldnâ€™t understand why Father Eric wouldnâ€™t at least listen to Nicoleâ€™s denials and see that what she was saying made sense. This was a dark time because I kept wondering how the two would get past this. Could they get past this?
What we have now is that Ericâ€™s life has fallen apart. The Brady/Kristen wedding DAYSaster and the reveal of the Kristen/Eric sex tape made for delicious drama. Kristen left town but itâ€™s like she dropped a bomb on the Brady family, their lives were shattered and itâ€™s going to take forever to rebuild. Now Ericâ€™s suspended. The sex tape went viral. His relationship with Brady and Nicole was beyond damaged. And with Nicole he only had himself to blame. It was difficult for him to even put his trust in Dr. Daniel Jonas, who was offering up his help and dedication to clearing his name.
Meanwhile, Nicole has a new job. Sheâ€™s living with Daniel. And sheâ€™s been in forgive mode. She forgave Brady for being an ass to her over the Kristen thing. Granted she tried hard (too hard) to get Brady to see who he was getting married to but she was right all along. Plus, she forgave Eric in what was a great moment in the hospital by his bedside. Nicoleâ€™s in a pretty good place right now.
Nicole also hopes to clear Ericâ€™s name. In fact, sheâ€™s pretending to be in a relationship with Daniel so Eric will see that sheâ€™s over him and he can once again be the priest that he says he wants to be. But I have my doubts. We all know she’s still in love with him. And each day we see Ericâ€™s eyes opening up to what is right in front of him. A woman thatâ€™s beautiful inside and out despite her flaws and troubled past.
Eric and Nicole crackle with chemistry anytime theyâ€™re in the vicinity of each other (please see their recent photo shoot scene. So cute!). They have the power to build each other up and tear each other down. Right now Nicoleâ€™s being a great friend and is showing Eric she can be his strength because every day thereâ€™s seems to be something new he has to deal with — a pissed off parishioner, a doubting and drug-addicted stepbrother, a painful procedure he had to undergo in order to discover evidence of Kristen drugging him. Itâ€™s his faith thatâ€™s getting him through this. And itâ€™s Nicole as well. That hug she gave him after Brady verbally obliterated Eric while under the influence was epic and is definitely a rewind and repeat moment for me.
Eric and Nicole are a supercouple in the making. The show is taking its time with these two and I canâ€™t wait to see whatâ€™s in store for them in 2014. Vaughan and Zucker are a winning combination.
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