By Michele Dargan
I was never, ever one of those girls who was attracted to the bad boys.
In life – and in soaps – it’s the good guys….the guys with honesty and integrity, who I always root for.
Having said that, my top three fave guys in soapland these days are actually quite similar in the way they are the white knight, do-the-right-thing kind of guys.
And they are (drumroll please) – Police Chief Bo Buchanan/OLTL, Det. John McBain/OLTL and Officer Dante Falconeri/GH.
Hmmm. There seems to be some kind of these going on here…
Oh yeah…They’re all cops!
Robert S. Woods‘ Bo Buchanan has been a favorite of mine for as long as I can remember.
Bo has always been the antithesis to his powerful – albeit immoral – father Asa, played brilliantly by the late, great Phil Carey.
Yes, Bo struggled all his life – right up to his father’s death – with the love for this father and the hate for the choices (many illegal) his father made.
Asa was a hard-living, womanizing, boozing, cantankerous old coot.
Bo is the polar opposite.
But they both loved each other.
One of the choices that was contrary to his character – and that he struggled against – was kissing his ex-wife, Nora, behind his brother’s back while Clint and Nora were engaged, and later married.
But, really, Nora (Hillary B. Smith) and Bo were meant to be together all along….and I think that counts for something in the right vs wrong department.
In other words, if destiny intervenes (and I don’t mean Destiny Evans)…if two people are made for each other – like Bo and Nora – then it’s more right for them to be together than wrong….Does that make any sense?
And they didn’t have sex until after Nora broke up with Clint (Jerry Ver Dorn) – and in this day and age THAT counts too!
Speaking of which, where the heck ARE Bo and Nora these days???
They had that wonderful wedding week, which I thought was really funny and highlighted the comedic sides of many of the cast members.
Then, POOF, they were gone off the canvas….and now they’re back…and Bo has a new, young assistant….
Unfortunately, I think we ALL know where THAT is going.
As far as Johnny McBain….There’s always been a soft spot in my heart for him.
Michael Easton‘s portrayal of John…well, he’s one of my favorite characters in soapdom.
It’s his intensity for doing the right thing….the hero….the rescuer….
And those deep, blue eyes….
He’s another one who always does the right thing and is honest as the day is long.
And if you’re one of his peeps…someone he cares for….or even just a friend…
No matter, he will go to the mat for you!
Take Kelly and the murder of her mother…John and Kelly were mildly acquainted before she asked him to help her find out what really happened to her mother.
But he has gone above and beyond to help her.
Ya gotta love it!
One of his biggest struggles came when he found out that Michael and Marcie’s baby, Tommy, whom they adopted because he was abandoned, was really the son of Todd Manning and Margaret Cochran.
In that case, it was a huge dilemma for him ….What exactly was the right thing to do? Betray his brother?
It ate at him – and Easton showed the viewer the inner struggle that McBain was going through.
And Dominic Zamprogna‘s Dante Falconeri reminds me so much of McBain!
Dante is honest to a fault – and Zamprogna shows us those qualities through the earnestness in his eyes when he’s talking.
Dante’s big brown eyes….they’re just honest, that’s all I can say.
And he, too, struggles with a similar situation to Bo…although, in my opinion, having Sonny Corinthos as a father is WAY WORSE than having Asa as a father.
Dante is loyal…boy is he loyal…even after being drugged by Brook Lynn, he’s still loyal, thank goodness…
And I love the fact that Michael has figured it out…He’s on to Carly’s plan to use Brook Lynn (Adrianne Leon) to break up Dante and Lulu (Julie Berman).
Yes, I’m a sucker for the good guys.
I guess it stands to reason that police officers SHOULD be the good guys…
But, as we all know, it doesn’t always happen in life – and, especially doesn’t always happen in the soap world.
HELLOOOO, Det. Ronnie DiMestico!