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2013 Favorite Daytime Couples: Days of our Lives’ Eric and Nicole 

We’ve been showing primetime actors lots of end-of-the-year love. Now we’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, I’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 weren’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 Ackles’ portrayal of Sami’s good and decent twin brother. And even though he didn’t reprise this role (I’m the biggest Supernatural fan so I’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 Jackson’s Lucky, I also loved Vaughan’s Lucky. I didn’t tune back in to DOOL right away, however. I had heard they had made Eric a priest and I just couldn’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.

Photo Credit: NBC
Photo Credit: NBC

My favorite daytime couple of the year isn’t really a couple yet but I don’t care. I can’t get enough of Eric and Nicole. They went through so much in 2013. Nicole worked for Eric at St. Luke’s in order to get her life back on track. Eric gave her that chance and she’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 couldn’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 didn’t want to see the truth. He couldn’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 I’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 wasn’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 couldn’t understand why Father Eric wouldn’t at least listen to Nicole’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?

Photo Credit: NBC
Photo Credit: NBC

What we have now is that Eric’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 it’s like she dropped a bomb on the Brady family, their lives were shattered and it’s going to take forever to rebuild. Now Eric’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. She’s living with Daniel. And she’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. Nicole’s in a pretty good place right now.

Nicole also hopes to clear Eric’s name. In fact, she’s pretending to be in a relationship with Daniel so Eric will see that she’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 Eric’s eyes opening up to what is right in front of him. A woman that’s beautiful inside and out despite her flaws and troubled past.

Eric and Nicole crackle with chemistry anytime they’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 Nicole’s being a great friend and is showing Eric she can be his strength because every day there’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. It’s his faith that’s getting him through this. And it’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 can’t wait to see what’s in store for them in 2014. Vaughan and Zucker are a winning combination.

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  1. Amber

    I think you just read my mind!!! I had gotten bored with soaps till ERICOLE was a potential option!! Their scenes are so fiery, I can’t even watch them sometimes. It’s a rare thing to have that much chemistry on screen these days. I have heard they will be getting together for a short time before he leaves to clear his head. I hope he isn’t gone longer than a month in real time. I feel like I’ve waited 13 years for this…1 week of happines?? Ugh..let them be happy! They are smoking hott together, and I want to see more of them. How long do you think he will be gone?

    1. Tina Charles

      I hope that Eric won’t be gone for long. But I understand his need for wanting to get out of town. He’s going to have to come terms with a lot of things. What Kristen did to him. What Nicole means to him. And what that means for him and the priesthood. It’s an exciting time to be a Nicole and Eric fan. They are seriously my favorite thing going right now. I can’t get enough of both of them and from looking at spoilers — this week and next seem to be very important weeks for Ericole fans.

  2. Amber

    OMG!!! I read the spoilers for next week…EEEEKKK!!

    Eric and Nicole get held hostage together by Stefano’s guy, and
    He tells her he loves her when he thinks they are gonna die!

    Then January 20-24…Nicole tells him the truth that she isn’t with Daniel.

    Now, we know he leaves the priesthood…but does Nicole still love Eric or does she love Daniel? They keep trying to confuse us fans, but I think she loves Eric and him telling her he loves her I THINK IS A GAME CHANGER for her. What do you think?

    It’s soooo nice to be able to talk to somebody about them..LOVE THEM!!!

    1. Tina Charles

      I did read the spoilers and I’m totally psyched I can’t wait for the next couple of weeks.

      Have you watched today’s episode yet? I totally loved the Nicole/Eric angst. But I really wish there had been more interview shown and we could have seen Eric talking about what happened to him. I hope they show it in the future or they let Eric really talk about what was done to him. He seems to be worrying more about the priesthood and Nicole than what was done to him.

      Also, here’s a place where there are other lovers of Eric and Nicole that you should check out:

      But you can totally keep commenting here. I adore talking about Eric and Nicole. I LOVE THEM.

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