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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.
Sadly, a good Brooke and Ridge (BRidge) reunion has always piqued my interest enough that I’d tune in and follow what’s going on. Not so much this go round, but I have kept up enough to know two things: 1 -The writers have tacitly confirmed that taylor “mail order psychiatry degree” hayes Jones is nothing more than a crackpot, and 2 – The writers view Ridge as nothing more than a cluesless lamb to the slaughter in the BRidge meltdowns. It’s time for the writers to let Ridge grow a pair, and KEEP THEM! This BRidge break up was the most pathetic yet (Ridge planned to rebound with a marriage to his ex before his son even knew that he’d divorced his mother and left the family) The second point first. Ridge:
Colore me stunned to see Ronn Moss’ (Ridge’s) heavy growth of facial hair. WHAAAA’? Has it dawned on anyone else that the last time we saw such heavy growth, not just the occasional 5 o’clock shadow we’ve seen, it coincided with another ‘big loss’ storyline on screen? Shortly after Ridge lost Caroline, he grew a beard that would make a dense patch of forest sick with envy! The mail order psychiatrist, hoping that she’d broken through to Ridge in order to get him to take his attention off of his grief for his dead wife and turn his attention to her, tried to get him to shave it. His response? NO! Brooke – the other woman he loved as much as Caroline, told him, as he sat at her bedside attending to her every need while she was in labor with his father’s child, that his beard was itchy. To taylor’s shock and chagrin, Ridge ran to shave it to make Brooke more comfortable.
That the timing of this storyline is coincidental with RM’s decision to grow facial hair shouldn’t be considered immaterial. How nice it would have been for the writers to have thought about those earlier scenes and then use them for this show. Imagine Taylor remembering that time and finally putting together the facial hair and the look of being lead to the gallows emanating from Ridge’s dead eyes whenever they’re together. Imagine a horrified Taylor realizing on her own that Ridge was grieving for Brooke as he grieved for Caroline, and that she truly was back on the sidelines, hoping that for once she wasn’t the rebound betty she’d been for Ridge from the day they met. She could have at least gone out with a little dignity. Maybe then she would have seemed slightly human had she crumbled under the weight of the realization that she’d emasculated her husband by laughing at her inability to remember his name in bed, calling out Ridge’s instead. She could have broken down in utter disgust that she’d tossed Whip aside, treating him as if his absolute devotion to her made her skin crawl. Nah… that’s too much like right for the broken down half-wit psychiatrist. The writers didn’t have it in them to have her think about what she’d done. She was too busy falling back on her uusal refrain, “… but what about ME?” In her rush to proclaim herself the victim, taylor’s statements about the tragedy of her non-wedding to Ridge made her seem callous, dumber than usual, and absolutely insane… all I can say is:
1. Taylor thought her son was “molested” by Brooke? (I can’t even deal with the writers’ trivialization of the word, right now). Suffice it to say: BTICH, PLEASE! This is the woman who called herself young Rick and Bridget’s “new mommy”, used a young Rick to keep the secret that she was dating his father behind good friend Stephanie’s back ,and then turned around and slept with Rick when he became an adult. She loved throwing in it Brooke’s face that she’d intended to marry her son. Yet she thought that Brooke “molested” her son when they were BOTH stoned on wild berries and neither had any real memory of what happened?
Given Thomas’ historyof violence and aggression and his prior attempts to get romantically/sexually physical with his stepmother (for the sake of publicity), she would have made more sense worrying about Brooke than worrying about Thomas.
2 – She wondered if Stephanie and Thomas even knew who she was and what she was about when they played their hand? BITCH, PLEASE! Stephanie, the woman you ran to when you were afraid of losing Ridge? The woman you thanked for keeping Ridge with you because the two of you would never made it without her? The woman who watched you a) accept a wedding gown/ring/proposal meant for someone else? b) accept her arm twisting of Ridge to keep him away from a child he thought was his child with Brooke for your sake? c) accept her help in trying to give a child she thought was yours with Thorne to his brother to force Ridge to be with you to give his brother’s child a father? d) sneak into Brooke office and cackle like a mad hen over listening to Steph call Brooke names? e) try to profit from doping Ridge up and giving him alcohol and taking him to bed after that? Honey, that’s your SHORT list. How could any writer expect an audience to believe taylor’s innocence given her own history?
3. She’s tried to live her life with integrity? If the emphasis in on the word ‘tried’, she gets away with that statement, though I could argue that the writers didn’t have her try very hard. If the emphasis is on the work “integrity”? BITCH, PLEASE! This is the woman who called Brooke a whore and who mocked her for marrying the Forrester men and yet has slept her way through TWO families (plus the men she didn’t know while drinking and trolling the wharf around Chuck’s bar). Taylor lied about killing her sister-in-law, allowed the family to think that Darla had been left to die like an animal in the road, and then encouraged Darla’s child and husband grow close to her. She hid her infidelity with James Warrick, at her husband’s family’s beloved Big Bear cabin, for YEARS while making her husband think she was as pure as the driven snow. She’s slept with almost every male patient she’s ever had (onscreen), lied about her college relationship with Grant Chambers, committed bigamy, trashed her best friend’s marriage behind her back, betrayed her now deceased daughter, used her psychologically frail – physically violent husband to try to make a young Ridge jealous by sleeping with the ex-husband (license and ethics be damned) … and again, the short list.
That taylor didn’t have the decency to feel sorry for anyone other than herself means that if the writers didn’t intend for the character to seem shallow, vain, and pathetic someone should be playing the lottery because they hit on all three traits without breaking a sweat.
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.
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.
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.
*YnR’s NuMalcolm? Not workin’. I’m trying, folks, I really am, but as good as it is to see Darius McCrary on screen again, this was just the wrong role to cast him in. Though… given the choice between keeping him as Malcolm and keeping KC’s Lily, he wins hands down! Malcolm Winters was an iconic character and unfortunately, McCrary’s interpretation falls flat. I’ve seen McCrary’s work in other projects (including CBS’s Cold Case) and he’s been very good. Something about this role just doesn’t seem to translate well for the actor.
* If GH’s “Franco” came to town because he’s totally obsessed with Jason:
1. Why was it necessary to have Maxie pimped out and risk her relationship with Spinelli? His focus has been Jason the entire time. The side story involving Maxie just doesn’t make sense and seems to be an awful waste of a couple (Maxelli) and a character (Franco). It served no purpose.
2. How can Jason be considered a ‘good guy’ when his actions capture the imagination of a ‘psychotic’ killer? Jason’s murderous exploits have made him an international icon for blood thirsty criminals? Some hero!
3. Why didn’t TPTB just name him Franco Guza? It would make sense of Franco’s obsession with Jason and the Suckpranos. It would have felt more honest. It’s art, seemingly, imitating life.
* Why aren’t the BnB”s Logan women allowed to confront sister Katie with her penchant for betraying her family for the love of her latest squeeze? Katie is 2 for 2, right now, and I’m getting tired of her whining and moaning about how SHE’S been betrayed. Put that attitude away Katie, and if you need help figuring out where to put it, just ask!
* Does anyone else think that ATWT’s Simon and Henry would make a far hotter couple than Luke and Noah? I’m so tired of the on-again-off-again nature of the Nuke relationship that I’m ready to see ATWT’s PTB replace them, NOW. Pay attention ATWT’s writers. OLTL’s writers are separating the men from the boys and writing a real relationship between two characters – who just happen to be gay. Watch and learn… Speaking of OLTL:
* Why the hell did OLTL’s Bo hand Dorian back the only piece of evidence that could convict his niece of stabbing Mitch Laurence? Was that supposed to be a sign of his honesty and integrity? It felt more like evidence of his sheer stupidity, especially since it’s becoming painfully clear to others that Dorian is Mitch’s puppet.
As for Dorian Lord, she is nothing if not devious. I’m not too thrilled with the image of a helpless Dorian Lord constantly caving in to Mitch’s demands. At what point does she put her years of mischief-making to use and takes Mitch down? I’m shocked by the fact that I like seeing Dorian on top, Mayor and chief power broker in Llanview, but I do. Why have that ruined by having her behave like a skittish child, jumping at the sight of her own shadow? MORE kick-ass Dorian, LESS kiss-ass Dorian, please.
* Doesn’t anyone else ever get tired of hearing the BnB’s taylor whine about how Brooke stole her life, and made her miserable? Even I can agree with her that that situation with Jack was traumatic. I sure as hell wouldn’t have wanted to give birth to the biological child of a woman I hated. Taylor didn’t sign on to be a surrogate. She had in vitro in order to have a family with Nick. The child she carried was supposed to be HER child. I get it, but the problem with her whining is that Brooke didn’t cause taylor to ‘lose’ her son. Taylor chose to give him away. She also chose to continue to try to compete with Brooke for Ridge – even when Ridge made it CLEAR that it was Brooke he loved. You can’t ask the woman to stay out of your life, and then constantly throw yourself in the middle of her life and call yourself a victim.
* Why do DAYS writers continue to make my skin crawl by having EJ touch Sami? Yes, yes… he was only comforting her after she received a call from Sydney’s kidnapper…. it’s just that every time he goes near her, I see him holding her at gunpoint. I hear him telling her that the only way to save Lucas is to let him violate her. Every touch makes my skin crawl. Has Sami forgotten how she ended up pregnant with EJ’s spawn (cutie that she is) and the one before her? C’mon writers, give Sami her dignity back and have her tell EJ to keep his gun-toting rapist paws off of her. Her confused ‘feelings’ are degrading and humiliating to watch, speaking as a woman.
Hey, if the actor involved can admit it was rape (comment below from a James Scott interview),
I would be lying if I said I didn’t worry about my future on the soap. I don’t think they handled the rape very well, and I’ll tell you why. EJ raped Sami, and then afterwards, he’s hanging out in her house — alone with her. It’s irresponsible on so many levels. However, had it been handled well, I think it would have been an interesting story choice. Now the story focus has shifted to her pregnancy and the classic soap story of paternity. Having said that, I chose to believe that EJ is in love with Samantha — he just can’t communicate it.
and TPTB can admit it was rape, it was RAPE. He forced her to have sex with him to save the life of the man she loved. You can read a decidedly pro EJami Wikipedia entry with Scott’s comments HERE (that is until someone decides to try to delete the comment).
As for DAYS increasingly dwindling ratings fortunes, is it any wonder that the new focus on Sami and EJ is linked to a rather rapid ratings slide for the show? Good luck selling Ej and Sami as anything other than what they really are: a victim and her obsessive, stalking, rapist.
* For most of the year (plus), All My Children has been largely unwatchable. Color me surprised when I got gooey and nostalgic for Hayley and Mateo’s return (more Hayley than Mateo). Watching Adam soften while talking with Hayley and joke about knowing something about raising ‘difficult children’ was the most priceless moment of that episode for me – Hayley of the dyed dark punk rock hair, now a mother with a wild child of her own. I thought about Brian Bodine, Uncle Pork Chop (Trevor), Natalie down the well, Janet from another Planet, Adam’s dark dark days (which really were different from just his ‘dark’ days), Stuart and Cindy, scheming Arlene Vaughn, the Santos family – even preachy mom and dad, Edmund and Maria, Erica and Dimitri, Bad girl Kendall and sweetheart Del Cooney, The Martin clan, Jeremy, Laurel and her brother Michael, Cliff and Nina, Palmer and Daisy, The Montgomery Brothers and their feud, Brooke English, Phoebe and Langley, Chuck and Tara, Beloved Mona and Myrtle, Ellen and Devon, Mark Dalton, Tom and Sean Cudahy, and so much more… sheesh). I know that not all of the above mentioned characters were on screen at the same time but just those few moments with Adam and Hayley opened a stream of AMC consciousness and I felt warm all over. I miss All my Children – the real All my Children.
* At some point, BnB’s Brooke Logan’s children are going to have to acknowledge (or learn) that there was NO WAR between their mother and Stephanie Douglas. Stephanie has been on the attack against Brooke almost from the moment she met her. Brooke has tried in vain to make peace and keep peace. Brooke does not seek Stephanie out to hurt her or make her miserable as Stephanie has done with her. Brooke hasn’t made a point of trying t0 publicly expose Stephanie for whatever her wrongdoings are – and there are many. Brooke hasn’t tried to turn Stephanie’s children against her, as Stephanie has tried to do with Brooke’s children.
To allow Brooke’s children to continue to think of Stephanie as ‘human’ feels like one of the daytime’s biggest lies. Theirs has been daytime’s biggest farce of a rivalry. A rivalry would require TWO participants. It would require balance. It has neither. In any other galaxy, Stephanie would be acknowledged as the psychotic villainess -bully she’s always been. Calling Stephanie a victim of Brooke’s would be the same as calling GH’s Helena Cassadine a victim of Alexis Davis… Hels only slit Alexis’ mother’s throat in front of her when she was a child and threatened her life every single day from that moment on. The warm and toasty moments between Brooke’s children and the dragon lady leaves me switching channels. When a crazed bee-yotch hands your mother an unregisted gun, while wearing white gloves, and tries to get her to take her life, she’s not your friend. She’s not like a mother to you, she’s not human. When that same woman facilitates your mother’s rape, you’re not suposed to ask her to be a part of your children’s lives. Come on BnB writers, get a grip.
A discussion began on a Bold and Beautiful board about Phoebe’s death, questioning why the writers decided to kill the character off. Many of us have been asking the same question. In the long run, there doesn’t seem to have been any real benefit to having the character destroyed. There also doesn’t seem to be a formula for determining which characters are killed off in daytime and which live, is there ever an objective assessment of what the long term impact is of killing off characters?
The ever stellar Lesli Kay’s Felicia was saved after ‘dying’ from stage 4 colon cancer. Despite the improbable odds that Felicia could be saved and make a full recovery. LK brought so much to the role of Felicia that her resurrection made sense. It would have continued to make sense had the writers then used the character or something other than window dressing for the rest of the time she was onscreen.
Given the choice, I would have selected at least three or four other characters whose deaths would have better served the show than Phoebe’s death. The only seeming long term effect of her death seems to have been the long term damage to a generation of Logan-Forrester legacy characters. The short term fall out from the character’s death was marvelous! Ridge tapped into emotions that even he didn’t know he had. Brooke and Ridge were tested in a way that seemed to make it clear that they had whatever it took to survive any storm, even one as big as this – Rick is her son, but also Ridge’s his brother/nemeis and Phoebe is his daughter, Brooke’s beloved stepdaughter. The writers then blew the BRidge relationship to soaphell (later recovering nicely).
The other short term event that played out nicely? Rick had to face the fact that his hatred and spiteful behavior, contributed to Pheebs’ death. Even if he didn’t cause the accident he was responsible for the pain and anger she was feeling before she died. It was tragic and poetic, but it went no where fast! Rick became even more malevolent. He became angrier and even more controlling and no one connected to feelings of guilt or anxiety linked to his role in Phoebe’s death. Instead, Rick became a malignant narcissist and taunted his brother Ridge for his pain, he slept with Phoebe’s twin, informed Ridge that twin Steffy’s ass was ‘his’, he stole from his family, and even told Ridge to say goodbye to his ‘other daughter’. It would have been a typical villain’ s act, had the writers wanted us to view Rick as a villain. BnB writers have a magnificent penchant for turning characters who would be villains in any other format into simply ‘misunderstood’ people (see Stephanie Forrester, who’s only counterpart is Hels Cassadine, GH). Only, I consider it confusing and not so maginificent.
It would have been great for this to have been bratty Rick’s transformational moment and for him to have become a better person. I would have liked to have seen a complex, layered Rick struggle with wanting to support his mother, fight for HER happiness instead of her fighting for his – even with a man he couldn’t stand, and feeling troubled by the fact that supporting Brooke could hurt taylor and her brood. He could have been overwhelmed by the guilt of not wanting to cause them any more unhappiness. The guilt could have caused Rick psychological distress and he could have had some sort of genuine breakdown (a soapy approach to DID = multiple personality disorder? Depression and suicidal behavior? or A psychotic break?)
The storyline could have led to some sort of growth for taylor. Instead of using Pheebs death to try to get back into Ridge’s bed, she could have had a crisis of faith. She could have become openly angry and vengeful and gas-lighted a psychologically frail Rick (rather than the passive manipulator she has always been). Who could blame her for hating him AND herself for letting Rick into their lives? It would make sense of her lie that Rick ‘took advantage’ of her. That lie would have become part of the game. She could have gone so dark that even satan’s handmaiden would have become afraid of her and the twist would have been watching Stephanie protecting Rick from taylor, for BOTH of their sakes.
Imagine, instead of Brooke and Ridge fighting over her protecting Rick, that they fought over Brooke trying to protect Rick from taylor! Ridge would be too consumed with guilt to worry about whether taylor was actually setting Rick up to become even more divorced from reality and possibly setting Rick up to either hurt himself or at least institutionalized for the rest of his life. Even if he knew she was, his love for Broke would be in conflict for his desire to see revenge and he might let taylor continue on (not caring that she was being destroyed in the process). He wouldn’t help her, he just wouldn’t stop her.
A new woman would be cast for Rick to date many months after Pheebs died, but he would still have a hard time getting close to her because he would believe that he was undeserving of happiness. He’d end up seeing Pheebs dying every time he tried to get close to her. She’s the one would figure out hat taylor was setting Rick up and stop her. Rick would eventually recover, unable to hate taylor because of Pheebs
taylor would end up in the position she wanted to put Rick in and is institutionalized for the next 30 years – where soap time = real time! Brilliant!
That’s what would have played out for me over the next year, instead of the pimping of Phoebe’s ghost for sex, the fighting between BRidge, Steph setting up her vulnerable son, Tommy boy bombing cars on public lots, Rick and Steffy having sex, and pretty much everything else that played out after she died. Of the current generation of Logan-Forrester kids, only Bridget is left with the potential to be a heroine and likable.
I’m both excited by AJ’s Bridget being in an upcoming frontburner storyline with Sarah Joy Brown’s Sandy Sommers, and concerned. The only BnB characters who can remain likable for long periods of time are often those the writers haven’t concentrated on. With the spotlight on ‘Budge’, I’m going to have to count on Ashley Jones to navigate the character through disjointed dialogue, inconsistent plots, and the most improbable of situations. Her Bridget is the last of her kind, the last likable character of her generation on Bold.