50 Greatest Soap Couples: #47 Snapper & Chris From THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

COUPLE: Snapper Foster & Chris Brooks
SHOW: THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS
RANK: 47
PLAYED BY:
Snapper: William Gray Espy, David Hasselhoff
Chris: Trish Stewart, Lynne Topping
YEARS: 1973-1982

STORY:
When Y&R premiered in 1973, Chris, one of the four Brooks sisters, was a college student who worked for her father's newspaper.  Snapper was working and putting himself through med school when they started dating.   Snapper, the eldest of the three foster children, worked hard to support himself and his family.  Chris's father, Stuart, didn't approve of the way Snapper was too busy for his daughter continually disappointing her.  A long-string of complications ensued including Snapper sleeping with Sally McGuire (Lee Crawford), which resulted in a child, Chuckie.  Nine years later, Snapper took a job in London and Chris soon followed. She returned in 1984 for Victor and Nikki's wedding.  Snapper returned two times in the past decade, first played by Espy (2003) then Hasselhoff (2010).

IMPACT:
THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS spawned a number of popular couples in the 1970s and 1980s including Snapper and Chris.  The Brooks and Foster families were the original core of Y&R and this pairing was at the center of much of the drama.   Seeing Chris and Snapper on the cover of magazines was common and the popularity of the couple, along with the excellent writing of William J. Bell, helped elevate Y&R in the ratings.

The role of Snapper launched the career Hasselhoff, who went on to become an international celebrity.   Espy became a daytime superstar and later signed a big contract to come to ANOTHER WORLD.  Chris was Trish Stewart's first major television role.  (Note: Topping passed away last year at age 61).

CLASSIC CLIPS:
- Snapper (Espy) & Chris (Stewart) get married 1974
- Snapper (Espy) tells Chris (Stewart) and her sisters about their mother's cancer
- Snapper (Hasselhoff) & Chris (Topping) say goodbye to Chuckie

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5 comments:

  1. Snapper & Chris had a child named Jennifer after Chris's mother, she was born after Jennifer had died. I liked both Chris characters but the I enjoyed most the recast Chris w\David.

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  2. Snapper & Chris had a child named Jennifer after Chris's mother, she was born after Jennifer had died. I liked both Chris characters but the I enjoyed most the recast Chris w\David.

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  3. One interesting point about this couple is that after Chris & Snapper were married, Bell never had them cheat on one another. Both had near misses during the next nine years (Snapper with Casey Reed, then later, a returning Sally, who was still in love with him; and Chris with her brother-in-law, Greg, who always carried a torch for her, then later, the womanizing Jack Abbott who was going to make Chris a top model at Jabot). But through it all, the couple remained faithful to one another.

    I'm pretty sure the implication is that Chris * Snapper are still married today. At least, I know they were in 1993 when Liz came from England to meet her new grandson, William Foster Abbott (Billy).

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  4. Loved these two! Loved Snapper also.

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