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Heather Thom (Katie Logan Spencer)
Give a mouse a cookie, and it will ask you for a glass of milk. Give Heather Thom a reasonably good line or two and she’ll spin that stuff into PURE GOLD! HTom made sure that Katie got her BEYONCE on! Partial lyrics to the song, “Irreplaceable”
You must not know ’bout me
You must not know ’bout me
I can have another you by tomorrow
So don’t you ever for a second get to thinkin’
So go ahead and get gone
Call up that chick, and see if shes home
Oops I bet you thought, that I didn’t know
What did you think
I was putting you out for?
Because you was untrue
Rolling her around in the car that I bought you
Baby, drop them keys
Hurry up, before your taxi leaves
I would have paid cash to have Katie break out in song when telling ¢Bill that he was free to “get gone”. So much of Katie’s dialogue spoke to the things women believe they’d say to a cheating partner in her shoes. While these are not exact quotes, the sentiment is the same: “How long have you been kissing her with the mouth you use to kiss me?” “Who are you lying to, me or her, because this is not an open marriage?” “You have dated, slept with, and dumped dozens of Steffys, they’re all the same. You married me because I challenge you and you challenge me. Is the dime a dozen type what you really want to go back to?” “Beg me to take you back, and if you come back, things WILL be different in this marriage. I’m taking control.” Masterful. Those were Bold AND Beautiful.
As BnB fans, specifically, and soap fans in general, have become too used to the idea of women begging, pleading and crying. While our sisters in primetime asserted their strength and power, women in daytime were growing increasingly powerless. Women in daytime were getting dumber and weaker. The BnB writers have literally flipped the script , seemingly realizing that women want to see other women stand up for themselves to a cheating spouse who seems to think that even when he’s dirty with the stench of cheating, he irreplaceable.
Heather Thom and Katherine Kelly Lang’s elegant treatment of the dialogue can’t be overlooked. They breathed life into words on a page. In true symbiotic fashion, between writers and actors, the BnB writers have made their jobs easier with the change in the context of the material, showing a renewed respect for the genre and fans, a change that keeps me on the edge of my seat. I could always predict what BnB women were going to say or do (Brooke would cry and plead, Taylor would cry and plead in between moments of she and Stephanie referring to other women as whores and sluts despite their own shady histories and the shady histories of the men whose love they craved). Now? I have no idea what will happen and what will be said. I’ve fallen in love with this show, for now at least, all over again.
Before this, the writers offered “bitterness” as the definition for ‘strength’ on this show. Wrong writers. Bitter bitches like Stephanie, Steffy, and Taylor, might be fun to laugh at, but for most of us, they don’t become our heroes. Women are too busy with our real lives to sit around pouting and bemoaning our fate. That Stephanie, Steffy, and Taylor have the time to sit and obsess about Ridge, Brooke, the Logans, hang nails, vanilla pudding, paper cups, or whatever else they’re spending their days whining about, makes them the daytime equivalent of drying paint. They’re easy to write for because they never change or offer any new insights into their personalities. They’re just not easy to watch.
Jennifer Gareis/Ashley Jones (Donna and Bridget)
There is still two huge absences from the Logan renaissance. Jennifer Gareis (Donna Logan Barber), recently back from maternity leave, has not had the same opportunity as her onscreen Logan sisters to light up her scenes. I suspect that her time is coming now that Amber Moore is the mother of her granddaughter and is now after her son. Donna is the more enigmatic of the Logan sisters. She’s soft and warm on one had, and a cutthroat street fighter on the other. While Brooke hoped for more than 30 years (soap time) that reason, patience, and love would transform Stephanie Douglas Forrester into a decent human being, Donna wasn’t concerned about saving Stephanie’s soul or saving Stephanie from herself. Donna believed in fighting back. I miss that Donna and think she’s needed in the B.S. battle between the Forrester and the Logans (who are truly more family than foes).
Also needed is Ashley Jones – Bridget Forrester (a Logan woman). She needs to be returned to screen and help continue to make the Logan women the unforgettable force they are, always should have been, and will hopefully always be. There is too much unresolved business needing Bridget’s attention (I still choose to believe that Nick’s son is Bridget’s child, that she was the ‘B Marone’ listed on the donor egg dish. Bridget’s story isn’t done. It should be just beginning.) With Bridget and Hope in the presence of their matriarchs, and finding themselves pushed out of a company their mother made incredibly wealthy beyond anyone’s dreams, it’s time for the younger Logan women to assert themselves and reclaim their right to be recognized as an integral part of the history of the family and the company. And, given Steffy’s new plans for vengeance, Hope will need her big sister, right about now.
So, dear readers and friends, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go check my driver’s license to make sure I’m still me, check the net for predictions of the next “doomsday” date, and find out if someone has been slipping me hallucinogenic drugs. I just can’t believe this is happening. I’m not only loving the BnB, I’m imagining how many more years of this show I’d love to see, given the current directions of storylines.
You won’t believe this, but I am here to SING the praises of BnB writers! I know, right?!!?! How often has that happened? I’ve been convinced, for EONS, that BnB writers fall into one of three categories: 1 – men who’ve never been in a relationship with a woman. 2 – men who have been in relationships with women, and hate them. 3 – women who haven’t had the heart to tell their coworkers that they’re putting utter bullshit to screen. Yes, harsh, I know, but as a fan who’s watched the show from the day it aired, I’ve been one bitterly disappointed fan for roughly the last decade (though don’t ask me to explain why I continued to watch). The tipping point? I stopped watching after Brooke “accidentally” had sex with her youngest daughter’s boyfriend, after all of her earlier trouble. She had no idea that the person she had sex with wasn’t her husband – a man she’d been having sex with since her early 20s. There is suspension of disbelief, and then there is flirtation with insanity. There have been far too many times when BnB writers have asked viewers for the latter instead of the former.
So how did the same writing team move from the “mistaken stand up sex with a 20-year-old” to the Katie-Bill phenomenon? It beats the hell out of me because like my continued fascination with this show, I can’t explain that either. For the past two years, the BnB has won Emmys for “Best Writing” in storylines featuring the Logan family, in part or whole. I can only believe that the writers are ready to explore the Logan women with greater depth and insight are and are beginning to play off of the strengths of the Logan leads (Katherine Kelly Lang, Heather Thom, Jennifer Gareis). Between Brooke giving Ridge and Taylor the blues over their nitwit overly self-involved daughter, to Katie reading $Bill the riot act and busting him down to ¢Bill, this show is ROCKING! The writers are finally writing as if they understand the hearts, minds, and souls of women. I’ve finally watched a series of episodes that I could recommend to ANYONE I know, even friends who aren’t soap fans, and not be embarrassed to admit that I watch daytime television. If it’s possible for the soap genre to be redefined at this late stage, as soaps lay dying, The Bold and The Beautiful has done it!
Katherine Kelly Lang – Brooke Logan
KKL’s strength has always been treating Brooke as a character with a heart and a soul, although her job was made a bit tougher during some of Brooke’s worst moments (sleeping with daughter Bridget’s husbands – Deacon and Nick, thinking of her daughter’s believed abortion to be a ‘moment’ in history for her to move on with Bridget’s beloved, accidentally sleeping with teen daughter Hope’s boyfriend). If you erase those three horrific moments, Brooke has been the emotional heart of the show. She brings love and forgiveness. She brings insight and wisdom. Unlike most BnB soap characters, Brooke admits her faults and lays herself emotionally bare to be judged by others. She suffers humiliation and maltreatment and continues to move forward. What she’s rarely been allowed to be, however, is the matriarch she is, a woman with a voice. This new Brooke would have made Beth Logan proud!
Brooke telling the parents of a snake like Steffy that she SHOULD have her heart-broken if she thinks that it’s ok to interfere in someone else’s marriage was positively inspired! While Brooke has been reamed as a hypocrite in some quarters, I see her as a woman who is sadly speaking from experience. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t view Steffy and Brooke as the same, at all. The difference is that Brooke had always been fighting to reclaim the love that was lost as Stephanie and Taylor fought to keep her and Ridge apart. Steffy developed a crush on an older man and decided that he belonged to her – his wife be damned. Steffy barely knew Bill. There was no history, there was no backstory, there was only a pathetic attempt by a little girl to use a man to hurt a woman she’s hated without reason or limit. Brooke nailed Taylor right between the eyes by reminding her that any other woman in her daughter’s shoes would have been deemed a home wrecker or worse (remember Taylor referring to Brooke as winning one for the ‘whores of the world’, when Ridge left her for Brooke, even though Brooke didn’t want him?
I don’t know if the writers remember that it was their decision to transform Taylor from sympathetic oncologist, to husband envying psychiatrist, in love with her dying patients’ grieving spouse. Either way, they’ve continued to write Brooke as the woman with insight, who has been consistently able to call other characters out on their behaviors, motivations, and intentions. Taylor is stuck defending or minimizing the behaviors her daughter displays when she learns the Brooke despises those very behaviors, even when she herself initially disagrees with Steffy’s actions. It’s Taylor who has missed the boat on some of the biggest behavior indicators of problems in the Forresters’ lives (like Amber’s skittishness when bringing faux Little Eric home, and Morgan Dewitt’s psychological instability, or children’s growing pathological behaviors which includes a car bombing and stalking).
I am so greatly enjoying Brooke finding her voice and defending her family that I can scarcely wait for the next scene!
If you: repeatedly work to end a woman’s marriage, facilitate her rape after calling her a whore, leave her fragile Alzheimer’s afflicted mother alone to drown, facilitate having her children to grow up without a stable family, behave in such a heinous way that her brother flips out trying to stop you and ends up eventually taking his life once his switch has been flipped, repeatedly try to take custody of her children for your own personal gain, and attempt to murder her on more than one occasion – alternating murder attempts with bouts of public humiliation… well! Don’t lose hope! There IS a way to make it up to her in one magical truly painless (for you, that is) moment:
Even for daytime, this was one weak response to Brooke finding out that the woman she believed had finally come to love and respect her had instead intentionally inflicted harm yet again. If I had a nickel for every time the writers have had Brooke fall for that lie, I’d own controlling interest in Microsoft! Granny Stephanie talked idiotic Thomas into lying and allowing his father to believe that he slept with his stepmother and that she was covering up the ‘dirty deed’. Brooke raised Thomas for part of his young life – when he was still a decent and loving human being. She supported him when he had no support from the rest of his family. In the end, Stephanie was able to convince him to turn on his stepmother with very little persuasion needed.
Given the level of betrayal and inflicted damage, it’s disturbing that the writers have chosen to resolve the storyline this way. It feeds the stereotype about the lack of seriousness in daytime writing and production and helps any newbie who attempts to watch the genre understand why so many actors divorce themselves from their daytime past once they make it beyond the fuzzy daytime curtain. The title of the song could have just an easily applied to the impact of the writing on daytime fans, or would if anyone actually believed that daytime writers even LIKED, much less loved or respected their fans. On one hand, I’m sympathetic to the need to end a stinker of a storyline (like the trudge reunion) as quickly as possible. I have to wonder if BnB writers needed to hurriedly wrap the non-reunion storyline to make Steph and Brooke allies in the fight against Taylor, Bill, and Steffy. The problem is that I (and I’m betting most soap fans) don’t need Stephanie to be Brooke’s ally. I would have loved for the writers to have cast Elizabeth Hubbard (ATWT’s Lucinda Walsh) or Melody Thomas Scott (Ex-/Maybe Current Nikki, YnR) as Beth’s wealthy sister who has been estranged from the family since Beth married Stephen Logan — the man she loved first. Aunt Patience Logan could have suffered a recent loss — her own husband dying tragically. With her adult children living their own lives, the loss leads her to realize how alone she is, and how ashamed she feels that she never made peace with her sister, Beth, before she died. It would motivate her make peace with her newfound family, learn the lay of the land, and then go all kick ass on Steph and her trashy crew, knocking them all on their butts. Aunt Patience would help empower her nieces as they’ve never been empowered before. I’d love her to have a vast fortune, big enough to make the Spencer fortune look like spending change and to use it to bring the pain! The BnB doesn’t often promote strong female leads and when it does, they often become psychotic, whether they’re recognized as such (Sheila Carter) or not (Stephanie Douglas Forrester). Aunt Patience would hopefully avoid becoming such a caricature.
Double my pleasure! Make Aunt Patience’s first-born son, a cousin the Logans have never met, a dead ringer for Stormy Logan, assuming it’s even possible for DeVry to return given his busy filming and taping schedule … Is he Stephen’s son or is the resemblance due to their shared maternal lineage? New Storm (Thunder/Rain Cloud/Lightening) could end up falling for Felicia, complicating his mother’s plans to ruin the Forresters once and for all – but make that complicate, not end or deter. I would DELIGHT in watching Aunt Patience, sitting back in the FC CEO’s chair, forcing Stephanie to drop to her knees and beg for the life of her family’s company. I would REVEL in watching Aunt Patience turn over half of FC stock (maybe 60%) to Hope because she has never been involved with a Forrester and would be less least likely to sign over the shares at some point. She could then allow the Forrester family split the remaining stock. Brooke would, of course, manage her daughter’s interests.
If the writers aren’t invested in bringing in new characters, how about forcing Stephanie to sign her 25 percent over to Brooke? Brooke and Ridge would then, as a couple, effectively run FC again.
How about having Brooke and Steph rehash the forgotten forged letter that ended Brooke’s marriage to Eric, only to have Eric overhear it and dump Steph once and for all? (No, REALLY, no going back!) It’s time to bring a woman into Eric’s life that makes him a romantic lead again, instead of having him live out his days as Stephanie’s sock puppet. As a parting shot, Eric could inform Stephanie that she’s been blinded all these years about who the viper in her bosom actually is and then tell her about Taylor sending him to end things with her for good to prove that he wanted to be with her and only her. Stephanie would wake up too late to the realization that Brooke has never been out to destroy her and in trying to destroy Brooke (Hope, and RJ – Bridget and Rick before them) she’s lost the family she claimed to love. Jackie and Eric, Part 2? Wouldn’t that leave Owen free to go back to Bridget and his son? I could stomach that at this point — especially if Bridget and Owen then found out that Nick was the child’s father and had to figure out how to make their relationship work in light of the news.
What if Stephanie really WAS ostracized this time? Why not begin to build a brand new storyline around her? Get Stephanie out of the fashion industry and doing something with her life that benefits others. The current storyline has trivialized her work with the homeless, which was apparently a hobby in between her moments of obsession with Brooke and Brooke’s marriage to Ridge. Rather than another physical illness, which leaves most fans with little sympathy for her) why not have Stephanie go back to her abuse storyline and have her work with a competent psychiatrist to break her bad habits to manipulating, betraying, and controlling? Maybe Dayzee has an abusive ex-boyfriend who shows up and jump starts the storyline. What if Stephanie accidentally kills him during an altercation and tries to hide the evidence of her crime in a real ‘whodunit?’. What if the writers have his father/brother/sister come looking for him, slowly putting the pieces together, and who begins tormenting Stephanie until the truth is revealed. Anything that keeps her from meddling in her adult children’s lives works for me.
Brooke forgave the rape Stephanie facilitated. She forgave Steph for the fake heart attack she used to break up her family. She forgave Stephanie leaving her agitated mother to drown. She forgave Stephanie’s torment of her brother and her siblings. She forgave Stephanie’s various attempts to destroy her children’s happiness. All the while she was maltreated by Stephanie, she’s has repeatedly fought for Steph’s health, her life, and has done everything she could to become ‘true family’ with her. After more than 20 years of torment, closer to 30 years onscreen, at what point does Brooke get to kick Stephanie’s butt, figuratively or literally?
The above “forgiveness scene” was the equivalent of ordering a cup of tea, savoring every bit until the end, where the last taste is bitter. What a pity. I don’t want Brooke to become the vicious and angry pantload Stephanie has always been. I just want a feeling of ‘satisfaction’ when one of the BnB’s “big” storylines is resolved. The level of betrayal Brooke experiences at Stephanie’s hands, the sheer number of TEARS that woman cries, suggests that a much stronger response is needed. Double dating with the man who left you last week, and his parents, on the eve of his would- be wedding, while his psychotic mother warbles out a classic just doesn’t do it for me.
DAYS OF OUR LIVES
I look at the accompanying photo and I don’t even wonder: “Is Jennifer Horton going for the [naughty librarian] look?”
THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL
I’m not watching, so I’ll take fans word for it that Brooke and Thomas eat “mystery berries” and start hallucinating. From there it seems that Thomas puts the move on Brooke and they may end up sleeping together. Who the hell do the writers think they’re writing for, TAYLOR? Taylor slept with Rick, fooled around with his father, had sex with his brother, slept with his grandfather and may have been the ‘lover’ of his uncle (it’s the description the writers used when for Storm when he returned). Either way? This show is screwed.
The BnB is my pick for the next soap to hit the cancellation rack. It offers nothing new, just different circumstances used to tell the SAME story… each telling more grotesque than the last time it was told.
One Life To Live: Marty Saybrooke? I don’t know if it’s possible, but I would love for the writers to use the time they have left to redeem this character. She was the wild child gone good, who made a wonderful life for herself , survived the death of her soul mate, and raised a child. First in attempt to prop Todd and whitewash the ‘twice raped’ dynamic between them, then to prop John McBain, and later the John -Natalie relationship, the writers deconstructed Marty into an unrecognizable and unlikable character. It will be painful watching the show end, having eternally ruined a great character.
I’m not a movie buff who watches only feel-ggod films or only movies with fully resolved endings. I’ll admit that I have been a soap viewer who loved soaps most when they left the audience with the feeling that all is well in the alternate universe our soap faves live in at the close of their run. GL’s ending was perfect. It lovely to think of Josh and Reva (and son) on a trip around the world, the four musketeers filling their days with dinners together and discussing their families, Alex and Fletcher enjoying a life they’d never imaged they could have, Remy and Tina deeply in love, Bill and Lizzie and making things work with Jon and all are peacefully coparenting… you get the picture.
I hope for something similar for OLTL. Fans deserve nothing less than a happy Victoria Lord, peace between Vicki and Dorian, Clint gaining back his humanity and reuniting with his family,Marty – whose life has been so violent and tragic finally at peace, and I’ll let you imagine the rest from there.
The Bold and the Beautiful: In the age of waning budgets for new hires and an attempt to tell complete storylines with as few cast members as possible, I am – to some degree, sympathetic to the limitations of meeting a such a tough balancing act. I am, however, still stunned by what I saw yesterday (day before?). The writers REALLY have to think about what they’re doing that makes taylor look either completely unethical moron, and the rest of the citizens of Bell’s fictionalized L.A. look completely unhinged!
Why would Katie agree to therapy with taylor, not only the world’s worst and most idiotic psychiatrist, but a woman who has repeatedly attacked, and supported the attack of, her sister – sisters if you add Donna? I could only love that ridiculous plot if the writers were smart enough to make Katie devious in using taylor, knowing that she and Stephanie would declare war on Bill if he didn’t stay away from steffy. Sadly, Katie begged Bill not to leave her at the end of the therapy session. I wish the writers had left that part alone, but they just can’t help themselves. A misogynistic fool being begged by his once strong wife not to leave her. It wouldn’t have hurt to have allowed Katie was allowed to maintain her standards, writers.
As for Steffy, the other thorn in the side of the Logan-Spencer marriage, she is either delusional or a pathological liar, given the way the writers are penning her dialogue. She’s better than the Logan’s because she’d never go after a married man? She’d never make a move on him? Wha’????? Bill won’t have her, that’s the only thing that stops her from moving forward. Steffy has put every move she’s known on Bill and he’s rejected her. Steffy and Stephanie are so one note in their attacks on the Logans. They can’t stand faulting the men in their lives for chasing after Logan women – so they whitewash Forrester male actions to fault Logan women.
That’s the defnition of a weak woman. Steffy was aptly named.
Since I’m catching about one show a month – where is Bridget, readers? Bill telling Katie she should have stayed with Marone if she wanted ‘normal’ was laughable. The man who dumped on her niece for her and for Brooke? I could have sworn Bill made comments that made it clear that he knew that history. That ain’t normal, not even by soap standards — and it’s not like Katie really had a choice to be with Nick. He knew he wanted Bridget – who forgave him for his repeated betrayals. Katie knew it was a matter of time. Who knew that Nick wouldn’t forgive Bridget for her ONE betrayal?
She’s free and he’s headed back to Katie-land? Far too predictable.
As for the Brooke and Thomas teaser? Words fail me. Since I have nothing good to say, I’ll say nothing at all.
Why does the BnB’s taylor hayes jones have to be the dumbest woman alive — every single episode? No reprieve from her stupidity for fans, writers? Ever? How many more times can she be ignorant of how desperate and trashy Steffy is? At some point, when you’re proven wrong often enough, you just have to stop claiming you know ‘the truth’. The writers have taylor brag about her ‘skills’ as a psychiatrist, but she misses every big event to happen:
- Phoebe’s impending disgust with her relationship with Rick
- Tommy the car bomber, pump your son up with the false idea that you’ve been a victim and something bad had to happen.
- Steffy the psycho – which Brooke warned her about
- Steffy’s involvement in setting up Hope’s humiliation during her first big press conference
- Amber’s lie about the ABCD baby – which Brooke warned her about
- Ridge and Morgan and their unfinished business – which Brooke warned her about
- Stephanie’s psychotic tendencies – which she knew about and used to her own advantage
- that Ridge didn’t love her fully
- that Nick didn’t love her fully
- that Stephanie wouldn’t let go of Eric while she was sneaking around with him, etc, etc, etc). taylor smiled in Steph’s face, and then had to send Eric to break Stephanie’s heart.
No matter how many times she’s been proven wrong, taylor continues to deny the seriousness of daughter Steffy’s psychological problems. What fully functioning rational adult woman makes it her mission in life to compete with her barely legal stepsister? This is the same girl Steffy loved, until a few months ago. I’m sure some enterprising youtube surfer could find the video of Steffy, Phoebe, and Thomas crying and hugging their younger siblings as they had to say good bye to them (you know, during one of those times when Ridge was duped into marrying taylor and Ridge left his family with Brooke to be with the trudge family, despite Steffy’s false claims of having been abandoned by her father).
taylor is coming across as a VERY weak woman who is vicariously seeking vengeance via her emotionally disturbed daughter. She seems to find great delight in continuing to argue with Brooke as she calls herself ‘defending’ her daughter. She sits back, smirking and waiting to yell at Brooke for being ‘unfair’ to Steffy, all the while Steffy’s descent into madness makes not one bit of difference to taylor — only getting revenge on Brooke does. Anything that makes Brooke’s life miserable, even if it includes hurting a young woman like Hope and sacrificing Steffy to do it, appears to be her chief motivator.
I watch so little of the Bold and the Beautiful these days, and I’m never disappointed when I do… because I never expect more than the writers give me. Brooke seeks peace, taylor continues to cheer Steffy on in her insanity. I have wondered, is taylor hoping to rewrite history?
The Hope/Oliver/Steffy triangle seems to be a clear replay of the Brooke/Ridge/taylor triangle. Brooke and Ridge were young, in love, and Ridge was Brooke’s first sexual experience. No matter how clear it was that they wanted to be together, Stephanie and taylor plotted to keep them apart – once Stephanie realized that she had more to gain by siding with taylor than by hating her. Both women were sure that Ridge would ‘come around’ if they pressed hard enough – just as Steffy seems to believe the same will happen with Oliver. Ridge would learn to love taylor as much as he did Brooke, they believed, and in time he would forget her. The only problem was that Ridge could never forget Brooke and she would never stop loving Ridge.
Both Stephanie and taylor are back. This time they’re sitting on the sidelines and indulging Steffy’s fantasies of being loved by a man who doesn’t want her. They refuse to ask her to remember her mother’s lifestory and to learn from it. Oliver, Steffy wants to believe, will forget about Hope in time. Good luck with that. Neither her mother nor her grandmothers listens listens to her words, or reads her body language, or even keeps track of the lies she’s been caught telling. The only thing that would make this storyline interesting, rather than pathetic, is for Stephanie to wake up and realize that they’re using Steffy, and taking everything they claim they hold dear and trashing it in order to get back at ‘the Logan women’. They’re destroying Steffy, 18 year old Hope, and everything in between. Stephanie finally sees taylor for who she is when taylor not only refuses to acknowledge what they’re doing, but she refuses to stop
Two sides? Make it four:
1. The Logans vs. the EX/NON Forrester women
2. Stephanie vs. Taylor
3. Oliver and Hope vs. Steffy (as he tries to get her to stop chasing him and she refuses).
4. BnB writers vs. mediocrity. Everything they’re offering now is a storyline they’ve offered a zillion times before. Switch it up, writers. Give fans a real reason to come back for more — and sexually outlandish twists aren’t the way to go. We can get that on cable — and shows airing on cable do it better.
Loving a man (and being dumped) makes women in daytime C-RA-ZY!
Hannah attempts an overdose after Ford dumps her – this storyline should have been further developed. Despite its origin, it actually has redeeming social value. So it won’t surprise you that instead the writers seem determine to create a Starr-Cole-Hannah triangle just weeks after Hannah’s suicide attempt:
DAYS’ above board top cop Hope Brady decides to terrorize the men of Salem to make up for the fact that she’s been hurt and tossed aside one too many times – of course she’s under the influence of drugs. (Ignore the part where Sami is overly concerned about her rapist – repulsive, I know):
BnB’s Stephanie Forrester can’t stand the fact that Eric has never gotten over Brooke (er, long before he married Brooke’s sister) – jealousy is apparently synonymous with being homicidal in Bell’s ficitionalized L.A.:
To think… one of the first times Eric dumped Steph, she had a mini-stroke, lost her memory, and lived on the streets using Brooke’s mother’s name… Liz… yes, the same ‘Liz’ (Beth) whose death she’s now implicated in.
Way to go turning all that hatred outward, sister… if only the writers would either let Steph seek help and be cured OR be incarcerated. I’ll take either.
This one is a double feature! Stacy Haiduk as AMC’s Hannah Nichols (who may as well give up her life to save the man who didn’t want her, right? Hannah’s death follows what seemed to be an endless stream of mischief and mayhem when Zack refused to allow her to have his child, to replace the adult son they’d lost. It’s even weirder because he later became the donor for his wife’s sister, Bianca, and Bianca’s fiancee Reese – without telling his own wife of course. Where’s the fun in that? He’s not exactly protective with the seed. The man was giving his seed away… to everyone but Hannah that is… who then gave her life for him… see the circular thing going on here? Hannah should have either taken him over the edge with her, on sent him in her place.
Shortly after Hannah’s death, Haiduk re-appears in the form of YnR’s Patty Williams. Patty had her face surgically altered to look like her psychiatrist. Why? To get into bed with the man who married and then betrayed her, causing her to have an accident and miscarriage decades earlier. Those crazy romantic writers of daytime. Man do they understand a woman’s heart!:
Doesn’t every woman lose it when the man who cheated on her and even cheated with his father’s wife, marries another woman?
Patty becomes Emily and then returns to being Patty, who becomes Emily again – oh yeah, you read that right!:
The ultimate classic love starved psycho on the loose! The YnR’s/BnB’s Sheila Carter:
Does this blog really need a closing statment? I think I’ve made my point.
This one may be hard to read, folks. It deals with the issue of violence against women in daytime. It is relatively graphic though not explicit. You may want to come back for the next entry, if the topic is more than you want to handle right now:
Imagine being in the safest place you could possibly be in – your own home. It’s the place you go to shed the weight of the world. You may have fallen in love while living there. You may have raised your children there. Your summer meals are eaten on your back patio – allowing you to enjoy and cherish each cool breeze. When it rains or storms and the winds are blowing, you watch from the comfort of your window with a cup of strong hot tea. Some nights you pop popcorn, throw on a movie, and just unwind. Home is good.
Imagine every wonderful experience you’ve ever had in your home and as you’re sitting there thinking about it, you look up. There’s a stranger standing in front of you. It’s confusing because it’s your living room, and you know he shouldn’t be there. How and when did he get in? You know from his expression that his presence isn’t accidental. You know, as he moves toward you, that his intent is to do you harm, or worse. The anger in his eyes makes you fearful won’t survive what is about to happen. You wish you’d called your mother and your children that morning when you had the time, but didn’t because you thought you’d have time to do it later. In the dark place you don’t want to go, you pray that they aren’t the ones to find you.
When he first hits or grabs you, you stop breathing. You pray that it’s a nightmare, and start to convince yourself that it can’t be real. Your cup of tea is still sitting there, warm. The television is still on – and the characters on your favorite program are laughing and joking. How can you still hear the sound of laughter while feeling such pain and fear? It doesn’t make sense.
The sound of your own crying and the sting of your own tears makes you hate yourself. You feel betrayed. The tears make you feel weak and you’d always thought that you would be stronger -fight back, if it ever happened to you. It all makes him seem even more powerful in that moment. There’s that little voice inside of you tells you to listen, and look, and remember everything you can. It will all help you help the authorities catch him, if you live. Maybe you should scratch him, or grab something of his that will leave a trace to prove he was there. The sight, and the sound, and the smell of him makes you ill and you can’t do it. The survivor’s voice tells you to get through it, whatever it takes. The survivor’s voice tells you that it will be over soon so you start to think about something or somewhere else… this is not happening.
When it’s over, you’re supposed to be grateful for having survived it. You’re supposed to be glad that he’s gone, whoever he was. You pray that you never see him again, but your pain is so great that you almost begin to pray for your own death – anything that makes it all go away. You’re not sure if you want to survive. “You’ll be ok”, they tell you. “It may not seem like it, but you’ll be stronger when this is over”. No matter what they tell you, you know what you feel.
Imagine, if you will, that when he’s caught, you find out that the person you’ve loved, or tried to love but has only ever despised you and faulted you for her own life failings, is the reason you looked up to find a stranger in your living room. She’s the reason he was there to violate you. She didn’t tell him to do it, she only told him that he should pursue you, you’re ‘that kinda’ girl. She tells him how to gain access to your home. The ultimate betrayal.
All for display – Epic FAIL
That, dear readers, is daytime in a nutshell. Writers at all ages/decades of entertainment write based on what they understand the ‘truth’ to be at the time they create their works. The truth they seem to keep ignoring, as I see it, is that women are tired of violence against women. PERIOD. It’s not entertaining to us, even when it’s supposed to be educational, because we’ve lived it all too often. If it hasn’t happened to us, it’s happened to our friends, our sisters, our mothers, our aunts, and sometimes our grandmothers. We’re tired of watching daytime writers craft ‘rape’ storylines and then treat them as if they have no meaning – that rape survivors move on and live their lives without the context regarding their assault:
DAYS – Sami not only had children with her rapist, she’s now defending him as a ‘changed man’ despite the fact that he’s violated her since the rape. The writers apparently decided that they liked the ‘chemistry’ between the victim and her rapist and have decided to downplay the fact that he held her at gunpoint and then threatened the life of her fiance to force her into having sex with him. I’ve written enough about this travesty, I don’t think I could stand to address it again.
GH – Elizabeth Webber, who’d worked so hard to rebuild her young life only to continue to throw it away on illicit affair after illicit affair and is now the mother of three children with three separate fathers, none of them involved in the lives of their children – so far. This storyline could have been tied back to Elizabeth’s rape, that she never fully adjusted and that no one noticed her still fresh scars, but no. The idea is that Liz is just willfully self-destructive without cause. Her life is just charmed, but her morals are weak. What a waste of a character and a storyline. The most I/we can hope for is that Lucky becomes the father of two of her children (forgeddabout Jason) and that Liz is allowed to deal with her assault and refocus her life on herself, not the men in her life who treat her like something they own and then discard at will.
BnB – Brooke Logan Forrester. While the BnB is not alone in writing follow up storylines for rape victims that are disheartening and improbable, the BnB is the worst. Stephanie Douglas (Forrester) has demeaned Brooke in a manner far worse than any man ever could. She’s called her ‘whore’ so often that it’s shocking to me that the writers haven’t changed Brooke’s name to reflect Stephanie’s constant name calling. Stephanie is the woman who facilitated Brooke’s rape by sending Andy Johnson after her. Afterward, Stephanie admitted that Brooke wasn’t a ‘whore’, that she never was, and that she didn’t deserve to be raped by Andy, or treated poorly by her. That lasted a few months, maybe a year.
Brooke had to ‘trade’ her evidence that Stephanie facilitated the rape by using the letter with Stephanie’s admission of guilt for her brother’s freedom. Storm shot Stephanie to protect his sister Donna (a sad, stupid, and sick move on his part). Being a “free” woman she was free to return to being violently misogynistic toward the Logan sisters. She was free to pimp her own son, using his drugged and alcohol fueled condition to force him into bed with Brooke’s rival. She is FREE, period, when she should be in jail many times over for her acts of violence and attempts at murder.
Her freedom has led to one more tragedy. She’s facilitated Beth Logan’s death. The Logan sisters are now motherless. Storm is dead, their mother is dead, Brooke still lives in the home where she was raped – she still bears the scars, and Stephanie will continue on. It’s hard to believe that the writers can allow one woman to cause so much human misery and not understand that for some of us, when we look at this character, we still see the woman who lacks remorse for the sexual assault of another woman and who keeps inflicting pain on her.
For all daytime writers, these are words on paper.The characters aren’t real so the actions aren’t that serious. For many women and some men, these are scenes linked to painful very real episodes in their lives. In the end it is ‘just a soap’. We get that, but why take the most painful and hurtful things that could happen to a person (murder and rape) and treat them as mindless entertainment? You can’t ‘undo’ the ill treatment of serious issues by adding a PSA at the end of an episode. You can’t continue to heap insult upon injury and expect the rest of us to keep watching.
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You’re probably thinking of DAYS’ Marlena Evans. In her defense we should remember that when Marlena was a venom-spewing cold-hearted, mean- spirited psych0, she was possessed by the devil. The ‘Worst Psychiatrist’ award goes to someone who is supposed to be ‘healthy’, and has yet to show a reasonable example of good mental health. For my money, The BnB’s Taylor Hayes tops the list of daytime’s professional mental health malcontents. While daytime demeans the work of almost all individuals in all professions, you’d think that daytime writers would be more careful about the portrayals of those in the helping professions.
Instead, police officers are ‘stupid’ and never catch real criminals – unless the guilty are recurring characters or day players. Nurses are typically women who are looking to move up the social ladder by latching on to a hot eligible physician, or his married successful ‘businessman’ brother/father – all of whom are usually womanizers (how very 1960s). Mental Health professionals typically need more help than they’re capable of dispensing.
Which brings us back to Taylor Hayes.
It makes sense to me that the writers have penned the new Forrester Creations campaign ‘Hope for the Future’. Near death experiences, actual death, Alzheimer’s, sexual assault, physical attack, lost love, miscarriages, public humiliation, you name it and the Logans have experienced it. Those experiences have made them stronger,and they push forward after their greatest calamities, continuing to love life and rebuild from what’s left – seeking happiness along the way. It’s why they resonate with fans in a way the writers haven’t been able to understand as they’ve tried to push them to the margins as the show’s bad girls, but not being able to take the audience along for the ride. We see them for who they are and the term ‘bad girls’ doesn’t describe them adequately. It doesn’t describe them at all.
The Logan women are a lot like many of the viewers who’ve been knocked for a loop on occasion and have had to fight their way back up. Many soap fans have had to bootstrap after losing someone they love, a home they cared for, children who weren’t theirs by blood- but by deed. In real life, you do it without complaining about how horrible life is, or moaning that you’re a victim. So, we have very little patience for people who do pretty stupid things and then whine that they were the victims of others. We don’t like those who can’t take responsibility for their bullspittle, especially when they keep piling it higher and deeper – or when they fling it at others .
While the writers reveled in the ‘mean girls’ storyline this past year with Stephanie and Taylor plotting to destroy Brooke and Ridge’s happiness, viewers most likely remembered the ‘mean girls’ in their own lives who spent more time tearing others down rather than building themselves up. These mean girls aren’t ‘pretty’ women frustrated by boredome. They’re not ‘smart’. They’re not even likable. They’re just mean. Every time Stephanie ‘mean girl’ Douglas, Taylor ‘mean girl’ Hayes, and now Steffy ‘mean girl’ Forrester-Marone starts attacking the Logans as ‘whores and sluts’ with no redeeming value, they remind us of who they are at their core.
The writers can try to tell us that they are women of good character, but the picture they paint through the characters’ actions tell a different story. I find myself doing one of two things when they’re on, lately – turning the channel or muting the sound. What can they say that tthey haven’t already said a million times before? The writers aren’t even creative at coming up with new ways for this legion of doom and gloom to refer to the Logans as ‘cheap’.
Taylor is the worst of the ‘mean girls’ legion for the obvious reason. She’s supposed to know better! As a psychiatrist, she’s supposed to be the one who helps her children realize that their irrational fears are no threat to them. Her job as a mother, if nothing else, is to help them become better and happier people. For Taylor to encourage Steffy’s asinine sniveling over the ‘Forresters vs. the Logans’ is a true travesty. At one time, she considered herself ‘another mother’ to Brooke’s children, and taunted Brooke with that view. After having taken a huge Oedipal leap into Rick’s arms, and into his bed, taylor has decided that Brooke’s children are ‘the enemy’ and that Brooke’s children are replacing her children at Forrester Creations and in Ridge’s heart. She’s decided that it’s ok for her to encourage discord in the Logan-Forrester household by supporting Steffy’s delusions of entitlement and calls to hatred. She’s doing exactly what Brooke’s accused her of doing, helping to spread poison to the next generation. Stephanie Douglas couldn’t do it with her own children – who had no quarrel with the Logans, so she created a ‘proxy’ in taylor who helped pick up the call to arms.
If your son is a car bomber, your daughter slept with her ‘uncle’ and is now foolish enough to think that her ‘sweet sweet lovin’ will make a billionaire give back the family company he stole – if she could only get him away from his wife – you might not want to encourage volatile levels of uncontrollable rage in your children. You might remind them that while they’re screaming about being ‘outnumbered’, there are actually more Forresters than Logans and even then it doesn’t matter. You might want to remind them that the children they’re railing against are as much part of the ‘Forrester clan’ as they are – given the fact that their biological father is not a biological Forrester – but a biological Marone. Ridge is a Forrester out of love, as are Brooke’s children. You might want to remind your children that if they pull together as a family – they’re stronger, and more likely to kick Bill Spencer’s butt out of the company. Rather than helping her children step outside of their self-pity and other- loathing, Taylor would rather encourage them to despise their own siblings.
This storyline has shown us why taylor will never be anything more than window dressing. She’s a club the writers pull out of the closet to hit the Logans over the head with, and then put away. The writers don’t care to give her depth, and that’s the real tragedy of the Bold and the Beautiful wasting the fan’s time with a gravely unbalanced show. Given the fact that the BnB is the second highest rated show in daytime and the most watched soap in the world, I would expect more from the writing. For whatever reason the BnB’s dialogue writers have remained the weakest in the field for my money. I don’t know if their hands are routinely tied by the head writer or if they’ve figured out that the BnB has survived almost purely on the shock value of its plots, and that the dialogue may not matter.
Whatever the issue, watching the BnB is like eating empty calories. Sure, it’s a thrill at the moment, but when it’s over, you’re still hungry and a little less healthy for the trouble. I’ve always maintained that the BnB should be the most watched soap in the U.S., as well. It has all the elements: great production values, iconic actors and characters, fabulous costuming whenever wardrobe is prevented from going too wild, and a neverending supply of lust filled story arcs. Lust filled? WAIT! Forget the ‘empty calories’ analogy. Watching The Bold and The Beautiful is more like watching soft core porn.
I don’t watch porn, but I understand what it is. Lots of sex, weak plots, incomplete dialogue that does little more than lead the characters to the path of lots of sex? Why is that NOT like the BnB?
Rather than make the Logans passive (which the writers treat the same as passive), and willing to take all the crap the mean girls throw at them, why not allow them, and those who love them, to respond with a truth meant to break the mean girl delusions?
Steffy: The Logans are taking over this place! There’s no room for REAL Forresters.
Rick: You mean Forresters like Bridget, Felicia, Thorne, Kristen, their children and Me? Since our father is Eric Forrester and YOUR father is a Marone? What else do you have to say about REAL Forresters, Steffy?
Stephanie: You stole my husband you BITCH!
Brooke: Sure, because you were happily married before I came along… unless you’ve forgotten that Eric was engaged to my mother after he left you, he dated a slew of Forrester models, and didn’t tell me he loved me until AFTER he was done with you for good – you hateful spiteful miserable self-deluding liar.
I didn’t steal your husband, you pushed him away with your hatred and he did the rest by refusing to allow you to draw him back in. You blame me for losing him, but you haven’t explained why he turned to every other woman in L.A. BUT you when we were no longer together. It’s time you stopped blaming me and started looking at why Eric has chosen everyone but you!
and then she walks away!
Taylor: RIDGE! our children feel unloved. They feel replaced and you’re not doing anything to make them feel better.
Ridge: No taylor, YOU’RE not doing anything to make them feel better. My relationship with our children hasn’t changed. Why would you encourage them to believe that they have to fight to be loved? What’s in it for YOU? When will you put our children first?
Steffy to Thomas: If only I could get Bill away from Katie. I could get him to give the company back.
Hope (who overhears them): That trust fund you freely spend? My mother and father’s hard work put that money in your account. My mother made this company the success it was when she ran it, one of the most successful fashion houses in the history of the business. She’s forgotten more about this business than you’ll ever know, Steffy.
The next time you even think of calling my mother a whore, think about the fact that the only contribution you have to offer the company requires you to get on your back to do it.
Wouldn’ t it be grand to have the mean girl characters get back the hell they give back to others? We instead get BnB porn:
Steffy to Brooke: You’re a whore.
Ridge to Brooke: She made you feel bad? (Disrobes her) let me make you feel better.
Taylor to Rick: I’ve lost my child. I had to give him away.
Rick to Taylor (as he disrobes her): Let me make it better.
See? No logical response. No exchanged heated enough to burn the remote out of your hands making it impossible to change the channel. Bad psychiatry and almost-porn. If you like either, you’d LOVE the BnB.