Monday, 31 December, 2007 4:58 PM
Jason & Elizabeth: Daytime's
Next Super Couple
Like mobster Sonny Corinthos
and fashion ingénue Kate Howard, mob enforcer Jason Morgan
and Nurse Elizabeth Spencer are two people from two different worlds.
But they have save each other from death and each other, creating
an unspeakable bond that can’t be broken – and a growing
love that led to the birth of their son, Jacob Martin, also known
Known as Liason, Jason
& Elizabeth have been one of General Hospital’s
most popular pairings since they first met at the bar Jake’s
on August 27, 1999. Their fans believe they’re the next super
couple since Luke & Laura. “The ‘bad boy’,
‘good girl’ stereotype could just make them perfect
for each other” stated one fan to Soap Opera Digest in
the summer of 2002.
velocity has not been reached, but there is a clear attraction there.
What really cause these two to click are their shared threads, despite
drastic fundamental differences. Their portrayers are magical together,
the ease they share onscreen makes Jason and Liz less self-conscious
than most budding ones, slow and steady will ultimately win the
race. With the great complexity between these characters, every
step should be a pleasure to watch.”
Even Steve Burton, who
plays “bad boy with a heart of gold” Jason, enjoy Liason
as well. “They can be themselves when together” said
the Emmy-winning fan favorite to Soap Opera Weekly (SOW),
also in summer 2002. “They don’t have to put on any
acts. She confides in him and relied on him in the beginning (about)
Lucky. He didn’t expect anything of her. Then it grew into
a friendship and moved. You have a lot of storylines where there
are affairs and passion and it’s all about sex – this
is about being in love and being respectful of each other.”
For eight years, GH
viewers continue to watch Jason & Elizabeth alternate between
friendship and budding romance with a mixture of sweet and sexual
tension between them. When Burton came back to the soap in 2002,
fans were waiting for an entire summer to see his character and
Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) to get together, and they did –
almost. However, fans were upset that writers and producers decided
to break up Jason & Elizabeth in October 2002.
This led to fans setting
up a massive, continuing campaign for their couple through emails,
letters, and comment calls to soap opera magazines and writers and
producers of General Hospital, as well as to ABC Daytime
President Brian Frons. In both December 2002 and spring 2003, the
hard work paid off when Soap Opera Digest (SOD) printed
two ads of Jason & Elizabeth, showing their dedication to them.
In a segment of SOAPnet’s
original series Soap Talk (2002-2006) in 2005, Brook Arata
stated that her, Mariah Christensen, and several Liason fans felt
they “got jipped”. Jason & Elizabeth had a beginning,
she said, but it ended without having a middle. Members of The Canvas,
a website dedicated to Jason & Elizabeth, Arata and Christensen
didn’t want them as an instant couple, but start over again
as friends. Burton and Herbst, according to Arata, have amazing
onscreen chemistry and there’s so much potential between their
characters as a couple that has to be told.
In the summer of 2006,
fans tuned in to see Jason & Elizabeth renew their friendship,
leading to a night of passion that also led to their son conceived.
But fans didn’t really know until last winter that Jason is
the father of Elizabeth’s baby. As their theme song, Kina
Grannis’ “Ours to Keep” goes, circumstances continues
to keep them apart such as Jason’s dangerous lifestyle and
keeping Jake’s paternity a secret from everyone in Port Charles.
However, like Jason &
Elizabeth, that didn’t stop their fans from wanting them to
be together. “It is great to finally see an actual romance
develop instead of meaningless hookups” stated Karen Fritz,
a fan who sent an email to SOW. “Liz and Jason are
bringing back romance and excitement to the afternoon. I hope we
get to see them together for a long time.”
Jason & Elizabeth
have been voted number one twice in ABC Soaps In Depth’s
poll for “Favorite Couple” in 2007, and has been chosen
by Year in Soaps as one of the year’s “Hottest Couples”.
And things will continue to get even hotter for them, as Jason &
Elizabeth recently begin a secret romance, which will be one of
the main storylines of GH for 2008.
“As long as Jason
can be with Elizabeth, that’s bearable” Burton said
in a recent interview from SOW. “Jason can see Jake
through Elizabeth. She can show him pictures of his son and tell
him stories about him. Jason’s finally giving in to his emotions
– he wants to be with Elizabeth that badly.
Their story full of angst,
what Jason Morgan and Elizabeth Spencer have is based on friendship,
loyalty, trust, honesty, respect, and love. This is one of the few
rare couples in soap operas that define and redefine both true friendship
and true romance – because their love is “Ours to Keep”.