2003 In Review
What a Year for Evian!
2003 was a remarkable year in
the lives of Eve Russell and Julian Crane, otherwise known as Evian to their
fans. Just one year before, at the start of 2002, Eve had contemplated killing
Julian, after he had threatened to expose their past to her husband, T.C.
Now, two years later, the pair
can barely keep their hands off of each other whenever they are alone, and
sometimes even when they are not so alone. What happened to change everything
between them? It all goes back to when Julian was “killed” as
everyone ushered in the New Year of 2002. While the rest of Harmony believed
he was dead, Julian spent his time on the run, eventually hiding out in a
diner, where he was disguised as a cook named Peggy. When Julian was discovered
there by Timmy, Tabitha’s former living doll who had become a boy, he
was at first mortified. The two soon headed out on an adventure together,
however, following the road to Oz. It was during this time that Timmy helped
Julian find courage in himself. He began to see things in a new light.
After returning to Harmony and
dealing with all the lady troubles in his life, Julian suffered through the
sudden loss of his small traveling companion. Timmy’s death brought
out deep feelings in Julian, and forced him to do some soul-searching. That
led to the realization that his one true love was Eve Russell, and that what
he should have done all those years ago was stand up to his father and marry
apologized to Eve during a party at the Crane Mansion that September.
The two shared a vision of what might have been, during a strange
green fog, which made Julian realize more than ever how much he loved
her and regretted ever giving her up.
After he was injured by a maniacal T.C. in October,
Julian and Eve shared their first kiss in the present, one initiated by Julian.
There was still a wide gap between the former lovers, however, a gap that
would all but disappear in the ensuing year.
The winter of 2003 found Eve’s
vengeful sister Liz still trying to get her hooks into T.C. At the Book Café
in February, she started to tell everyone the identity of her “wayward”
sister. Julian, who happened to be there, stood close-by during that time
in case Eve needed him. He refused to run from his obligations. Eve told Julian
that she was starting to forgive him for what he had done to her in the past,
because if she couldn’t forgive him, how could she expect T.C. to forgive
her? Liz didn’t reveal the identity of her sister that day, but it was
a key turning-point in Evian’s relationship.
An even bigger turning-point
for them came in April, when a distraught Eve had a minor accident involving
none other than Julian! Her former lover took her to a nearby diner, where
she told him all about Liz’s harassment and how it threatened her marriage
to T.C. The two also discussed Chad, and Julian remarked how much like a Crane
he seemed. He began to wonder if he might be their son. Eve told him that
at one time she had wondered that herself, but then revealed to him the results
of Chad’s DNA test that she had run at the hospital in 2001, which found
no matches. It was in the diner that Julian confessed his undying love for
Eve and said that he wanted to be her friend. Eve cried in his arms over the
loss of their son. Right then, T.C. and Liz entered the diner, and T.C. began
pummeling Julian. Jules didn’t cower in the corner this time, but fought
back the best he could. Finally he explained away the situation, saying he
was being nice to Eve so she wouldn’t sue him over the accident.
that month, Eve and Julian again bonded when Whitney sang at the
Blue Note. Eve was so upset over this that she turned to Julian
for comfort, in the form of a hug, in the alley behind the club.
That was only after he confessed to her that he had remade the club
in the image of the Blue Note in Boston because it represented the
best time in his life.
It was there in the alley that Eve admitted
to Julian that she had loved him in the past. He was thrilled at her confession.
In May the two met up again in
the park, where Eve was crying over the loss of her son. Julian vowed to turn
up the efforts to find him if she so desired. Eve agreed that no matter what
the risk to her marriage, she wanted to find her child. Soon after, Julian
received information pointing to the fact that their son may indeed be alive.
Eve was overjoyed, but soon found herself in turmoil when Liz once again threatened
to reveal her secret. After Liz discovered the blue baby booties Eve had out
and began badgering her to tell T.C. about her son, Eve admitted to her husband
that she had had another child he did not know about. She ran out of the house,
distraught. Later on the pier, Eve nearly admitted everything, with Julian
at her side, when T.C. suddenly announced he understood it all now –
that Eve had miscarried his child when he was away from home coaching and
hadn’t wanted to burden him with the news. Eve went along with his story.
Later that month, Julian
sought out Eve to let her know that Fox was on to them. He found her at the
Lobster Shack, shaken from a run-in with Ivy. Julian comforted Eve outside
the restaurant, and noted that they had “come a long way…almost
full circle.” He asked that she allow him to help her, that she let
him "get it right this time." The two slowly were drawn into a passionate
kiss, witnessed by both Fox and Ivy.
month later, Julian offered Liz a blank check to leave Eve alone
and return to St. Lisa’s. She turned him down. Soon after,
Julian and Eve again found themselves in a steamy liplock, this
time at the hospital. They had been discussing their past relationship.
Eve said that they
did have a great romance, and Julian revealed it was the greatest romance
of his life. The couple fell into another public
kiss, this time witnessed by Liz, who happened to have a camera handy to
snap their picture.
After Liz vowed to show T.C.
the incriminating photo she had taken at the hospital, and threatened to turn
Whitney into a drug-using night club singer, Eve set out to take matters into
her own hands, and in early July, set fire to the Blue Note. Unbeknownst to
her, Whitney, Fox, and their friends were inside. Julian showed up and helped
cover her tracks, while T.C. and Sam rescued the kids when everyone realized
they were inside. Afterward, Julian risked jail time to protect Eve by confessing
to leaving gasoline cans around his former club that he said must have ignited
the fire. He escaped going to jail by agreeing to pay to have the Blue Note
In September, Julian dreamed
of one day becoming Eve’s husband as he consoled her after she had seen
T.C. and Liz kissing. He was able to put his feelings for Eve aside as he
urged her to talk to her husband, as he was sure that T.C. would forgive her
if she told him everything. If not, Julian hinted, he had an idea where they
could go from there. Eve didn’t let him finish that thought.
Eve’s office in October, Julian comforted her once again.
She was worried
that T.C. would find out
about everything the closer they
got to locating their son. Julian
said that T.C. would forgive her because he loves her so much.
noted that Julian had lost a child too and that he had been so understanding
lately. She said she wished she could return his affections, and
commented that she didn’t know how she could ever thank him
for what he was doing – trying to find their son.
He said the look on her face when he found
him would be enough. The two shared a steamy kiss as Julian's tender hand kiss led to passion.
Later that month, Julian offered
to fly the Russells out to LA on his jet when they learned Whitney had been
shot. While onboard the plane, T.C. began thinking that Julian had a thing
for Whitney and attacked him. The ensuing fight caused the door to fly open
on the jet, and Eve was sucked out. She held onto the outside of the plane
for dear life. T.C. tried to pull her back in but was unsuccessful. After
refusing Julian’s help, he was knocked unconscious by debris. Eve was
now even further from the door, trying desperately to hold onto the plane’s
antennae. Julian used some seatbelts as a makeshift safety rope and climbed
out onto the wing to save her. While he was out there, Eve urged him to go
back inside and save himself. Julian said that life wasn’t worth living
without her, and that if she died, he would go to his grave knowing she was
the most beautiful angel in Heaven.
was able to rescue Eve, and once she was safely inside, he told
her he couldn’t live without her in his life. She said,
“Nor I, you.” They then had their most passionate
kiss to date. As they parted for air, they could hear Rebecca
coming, which put an end to any chance for a second kiss.
following month, Rebecca caught Eve and Julian smooching outside of the
LA hospital where Whitney was staying. She threatened to tell T.C.
everything. Eve considered beating her to the punch by confessing all, when
Julian silenced Rebecca by saying he was going to marry her. Becks
was thrilled, but Eve couldn’t believe her ears. She had no intention
of allowing Julian to make such a sacrifice for her.
On Thanksgiving, Eve tried to talk Julian out
of marrying Rebecca once more. He told her that he could handle Rebecca,
and that as long as Eve was happy, that was what was important to him. He
said if somehow Rebecca revealed the truth anyway, he would stick by Eve
through it all and they could build a life together, just like in the visions
they had shared. Eve was suddenly reminded of her own family and said she
couldn’t leave them. Julian said he understood, and would give her
the gift of happiness and love by marrying Rebecca. Eve fell into his arms,
crying, and admitted her love for him.
December brought with it more
Evian talks, as Eve again tried to convince Julian not to marry Rebecca. He
wouldn’t hear of it. Becks blackmailed Eve and T.C. into agreeing to
attend the wedding. At Christmas Eve’s midnight mass service, Julian
made a vow to Eve that he would find their son by the end of the coming year.
On New Year’s Eve, he went through with his marriage to Rebecca, picturing
Eve when he said his vows.
Eve couldn’t help
but look in on him the day after the wedding, when she arrived at the estate
to see Sheridan. Julian walked out onto the grounds and
pulled Eve into a surprise kiss.
Later, she caressed his face, saying they couldn’t punish
themselves by thinking what might have been, that things were just
the way they were. Julian turned up the heat once more, dropping
Eve’s coat from her shoulders and pulling her into yet another
incredibly passionate kiss. This time, Whitney saw it all from an
As 2004 got underway, Eve told
Julian they could no longer meet in private. He agreed. That vow, however,
was quickly forgotten when Julian received some news on the search for their
son. Privacy is now of the utmost importance to avoid Alistair discovering
what is going on. Julian continues to have visions of what life might have
been like with Eve, and has begun to doubt whether T.C. would in fact forgive
her if he ever found out the truth. For her part, Eve has come to believe
that T.C. will accept her son in time, and she is still somewhat in denial
of her feelings for Julian. She is aware, however, of the danger that getting
close to him brings. Every time the two of them are alone now, they wind up
in each other’s arms. If 2004 brings about as much development in Evian’s
relationship as did 2003, then we are in for a banner Evian year!
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October 2002 SOW Hit – “The
Odd Couple of Passions”
June 2003 SOD Thumbs Up – “Change of Heart"
December 2003 SOD Thumbs Up – “Everything
Old is New Again”
2003 SOD Winners – “Best Non-Couple”
2004 SOD Winners – “Best
January 2005 SOW Hit – "Holiday Hijinks on Passions"
2006 Canadian TV Guide's "Soaps' Best Supercouples" list