Posts Tagged ‘Steffy Forrester’
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!
Done, Finito, KAPUT! I’m done trying to find a reason to like the BnB’s Steffy Forrester, DONE! I usually love bad girls/bad boys in daytime; although I almost always root against them. I enjoy watching them unleash fresh hell on others, and later themselves as their plans backfire. It’s the best of both worlds. Truly great bad girl/guy characters feed your light and dark sides. Most daytime writers have a tried and true formula and “get” what makes bad girl/boy characters so much fun. They’re equal parts exhilaration and exasperation and just when you think you can’t love-to- hate them any more than you already do, the writers pull a twist. The character you thought you knew, the character whose all-knowing smirks drove you to the brink of distraction suddenly has a vulnerable side. You find yourself almostliking them! When daytime writers want you to fall for a character, they know what it takes to make you fall hard:
- AMC’s writers pulled the ‘empathy card’ on Janet-from-another-planet Green when they revealed that she wasn’t simply pathologically jealous of her beautiful sister, Natalie Marlowe, but that she’d been the target of unrelenting taunting and teasing, merciless emotional abuse, all without remorse by a mother who felt justified in the emotional torture of her daughter. Natalie was her blessing, Janet was her curse. Wilma Marlowe couldn’t wait to remind Janet, every day of her life, that she was the daughter she would have done without and when given the choice, that choice would always be the beloved Natalie. Janet’s hope was to, just once, be chosen first. The desire to be someone’s first choice – even Trevor Dillon’s, drove much of Janet’s continued march toward madness.
- ATWT’s writers pulled the ‘empathy card’ with Emily Stewart, who spent years dealing with her mother Susan’s substance abuse and emotional distancing. Emily’s victimization at her mother’s hands turned into a worldview in which she was always the victim of the those around her – even as she drew first blood. By soapgod, she was going to make the world PAY! ATWT pulled the double whammy with heartless schemer, Angel Lange, who was the victim of longterm sexual abuse at the hands of her wealthy powerful father. Angel’s scheming was directed at helping her secure her freedom from a powerful father who seemed unstoppable. To that end she forced Holden Snyder into marriage, schemed to keep him, and with her brother, stole millions from their father’s company.
- GH’s Stefan Cassadine’s ’empathy card’ came in the form of dysfunctional parenting as well. He and brother Stavros were presented as the “Heir and a Spare”. While his parents groomed his brother for greatness (and you can read that as great darkness), he was expected to bask in the shaded glory of the pathological Stavros, accept the cast off crumbs of his parents’ affections. It was a wonder that they allowed him to keep the Cassadine name. Stavros was dangerous, but even Stavros was a kitten compared to their parents.
Stefan never stood a chance growing up. If it’s possible to assign behavior to soap characters, you could imagine that had Stefan’s parents paid more attention to him in his youth, there would be no need to discuss adult Stefan. He’d have never nade it to adulthood.
- Long before Stefan, there was Bobbie Spencer, who curiously enough became Stefan’s wife. In her youth, Bobbie hadn’t met a man she didn’t want to control, nor a woman she didn’t want to destroy to have him. We later learned that Nurse Bobbie’s early trauma occurred when she was led into prostitution as a young teen by her Aunt Ruby, not long after her parents died. She was just another of the working girls in Aunt Ruby’s house. Bobbie’s “protector” was her older brother, Luke, who protected her by making sure she was ‘safe’ on her ‘dates’ with older men. Bobbie was reminded of her sex worker past, frequently, even as she transitioned from good-girl-gone-bad to bad-girl-turned-real-woman. The most lasting reminder of Bobbie’s difficult time was the arrival of the daughter she conceived while working for Aunt Ruby. Unfortuntately for Bobbie, daughter Carly came with an eye on vengence.
- OLTL’s Todd Manning, in his youth, was anger on a stick and a threat to the safety of women everywhere. The writers should have taken advantage of the fact that in a field of characters with unusual names (Storm, Ridge, Thorne, Destiny) naming this guy “Trouble” instead of Todd would have been more honest. If there was a thing that Todd didn’t hate, it was only because it hadn’t been invented yet. It’s hard to feel sorry for a unrepentent rapist and the writers knew it. Without the need to try to ‘redeem’ him, the writers allowed the audience catch a glimpse of what was left of the humanity of the character. The idea seemed to be to provide the audience some hope that whatever was left of his humanity was enought to stop him from victimizing others and to begin dealing with his own pain. Todd’s pain resulted from frequent beatings by an uncaring father who despised him. Todd’s father, Peter Manning, was his maternal uncle and adoptive father. He was forced to raise the child as his own. We later found out that Todd was also sexually abused in his youth.
- BnB’s Stephanie Douglas Forrester (who moved from my love-to-hate column to fully despise) was the product of a vicious wealthy father who presented the image of a perfect family to his business colleagues and friends (including fellow industry titan, YnR’s Katherine Chancellor). What his friends and and colleagues didn’t know is that Mr. Douglas beat his daughter “Stevie” with reckless abandon behind closed doors. Stephanie’s cruel childhood treatment was reportedly the cause of the cruelty she expressed in adulthood. It is something that others around her struggle with until this day — clearly Stepahnie doesn’t struggle with her inhumanity toward others. She revels in it.
You get the common thread, yes? Years of emotional, physical, verbal, and sexual abuse. Whether it happens because of a cowardly parent or a craven lover, there is typically a foundation for the abusive, shallow behavior we witness in our fave bad girls and boys. Use that as a backdrop to try to understand the BnB’s Steffy Forrester. She’s the heir to a massive fortune, her mother came BACK from the dead and re-established the family Steffy always wanted. Her mother also gave her 25% of the family company – trusting her to “take care” of her older brother. Steffywas raised by a father she adores. She’s never had to go to college and yet was handed cushy executive level positions in the company after spending only a few months in the mailroom. AND she had a stepmother who raised her and loved her while her mother was believed to have been in the grave (the same stepmother she still adored just a few years, ago, and with whom she’s had no significant conflict). She’s traveled the world and has reportedly been loved and in love.
To hear this wanker of a character whine day in and day out about how sad she is, how much she needs a man (any man dating or married to a Logan woman), how hard her life is, how she’s been abandoned, maltreated, unloved… it’s all just too much. Rather than creating feelings that run from exhilaration to exasperation, my feelings for Steffy run from damned bored to seriously annoyed. Her rapid shifting from begging her daddy (Ridge) to staywith the family and continue to raise her, to begging her ‘big daddy’ (Bill Spencer) to stay with her for the night and make love to her is pathetic, but mostly jarring. Is she a needy child or a sexually provocative woman? She can’t be both, or use both “needs” as the foundation for her aggression toward the Logan family. Her need to destroy the Logan family because her father loves Brooke, is petty. It’s surreal at best when you consider how much she loved Brooke as a stepmother, until her nological mother’s return. It’s absurd when you consider the fact that Brooke is the mother of her youngest brother.
Steffy doesn’t work as a bad girl because there is no “empathy card” to be played for this character. The character is made up of all hard angles. It’s even hard to believe that she’s invested in the people she claims to be invested in. She’s now twice turned on her mother for love of two different men (Rick Forrester and Bill Spencer). She’s never bothered to share the stock in the family company with her brother. She doesn’t care if her YOUNGEST brother (still in late childhood) grows up without a father – as long as their father is in the home she no longer lives in as an adult. She’s been working to destroy her brother’s family since he was a toddler. She fell to her knees over twin sister Phoebe’s death, but almost immediately fell into bed with the man her family blamed for her sister’s death. She defended him even after he used her and used her sister’s death to taunt her father… the same father she can’t live without.
The fact that anyone (onscreen) finds her intriguing leaves one feeling dumbfounded. Steffy Marone-Forrester is a character filled with contradictions, and none of them good.
She is not likable.
She is not rootworthy.
She is not interesting.
My time is quickly becoming wasted by this character. My sincere hope is that the writers are planning to give the character depth or to send her packing. I will accept either, but what I can’t accept is Steffy in her current incarnation. At some point the writers will become bored with this character as she is. I’m looking forward to THAT day.
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.
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.
First the good stuff. I don’t know why it’s never dawned on me before, but why or WHY hasn’t DAYS – which happens to be in striking distance of the BnB in the ratings, taken advantage of the colossal blunder made by the BnB’s sister soap, the YnR? Why hasn’t DAYS hired Victoria Rowell as a new character? YnR’s PLTB (Powerless That Be) are determined to not bring Rowell back to daytime in a role she made iconic. Why not hire Ms. Rowell for DAYS and tie her to honest Abe Carver. His image has been a little ‘too clean’ for a soap character. I don’t want him to become a bad guy, or learn that he was ever a ‘bad’ man. It might be worthwhile to find out that Abe was once a conflicted man. He was in love with a woman with a shady past and did things he’d never expected to do. Maybe Abe demands perfection in Lexie because he’s loved a woman who’s driven him down the wrong path before and is afraid to go there again.
TPTB won’t hire her because of money? I know, I know… but I could name a number of characters – starting with the teens, the show could “clear house” with in order to afford bringing Rowell on board. It just might surprise you to know that James Scott’s Ej Dimera is not on the list! We’ll need him around for at least a while longer.
Imagine that Brandon returns and wants his father to meet a woman he’s fallen in love with – a woman he wants to marry. It turns out that she’s
1. a cougar and
2 – a woman from Abe’s past.
She knew Abe when he wasn’t so sainted- chasing down crooked cops and busting drug rings! She’s someone who knows where Abe buried the bodies (so to speak) and is someone against whom Abe’s defenses are weak. His attraction to her is chemical, undeniable, and a threat to his marriage and to his standing in the community. Let’s not mention the fact that a relationship with this woman would be toxic to the relationship Abe shares with his son, Brandon. It took a lot for Abe to get beyond Lexie’s affair with Brandon, could Abe make the mistake of falling into bed, again, with this woman? The woman his son loves? Lexie has spent most of their marriage cheating on Abe and awaiting his forgiveness – now she’ll have to worry about whether Abe will be the one to next break their marriage vows and if she would be able to forgive him. Ultimately he would remain faithful, though we would find out that he has a lot more to lose than his marriage by having this woman present.
Not being able to destroy the Carver marriage, being dumped by Brandon – who moves on with Arianna Hernandez, VR’s character would of course form an alliance with DAYS other uber-evil villain, EJ Dimera. Both characters are matched as equally deadly manipulators. EJ relies on her expertise but always makes sure she knows that their partnership is predicated on her commitment to stay away from Abe, Lexie, and Theo… but can she do it? EJ, torn between his friendship with, love for, and growing reliance on this woman and his love for his family. The town of Salem would never be the same again!
Speaking of Soap Families
Parasites come in all shapes, sizes, and genders. The three major categories of dysfunctional soap family members include the non-criminal philanderer, the non criminal self-pitying liar, and the criminal take-by-force loser.
Every (soap) family has that one philandering dolt who makes you feel dirty just by shaking his hand – which is a bad move since you never know where that hand has been. You just know that it’s been a lot of places you’d never go. On the BnB? That would be Eric “naked on the ledge” Forrester. Eric’s treatment of women is, and always has been, rather shabby. He’s been cheered on as a romantic hero, but he’s neither romantic, nor a hero as far as I’m concerned. I think fans are finally beginning to see Eric as the lowly worm he truly is. Is he only more clearly viewed as a Lothario because he has yet to change his behaviors? A man his age, who still can’t be faithful to a faithful wife is far from appealing. His actions include:
1. Declaring his love for his son’s former fiancee moments after leaving his wife of decades. Let’s face facts, lesser men would have left Stephanie about an hour after she gave birth – after finding out that the kid she gave birth to was healthy. It would have been hard to blame him for wanting to be a single dad rather than chain himself to a hate-filled harpy like Stephanie. She’s not exactly ‘lovable’, except in rare occasions and for Eric that has typically meant whenever someone younger and warmer was available. The problem is that he DID chain himself to her. So his inability to live up to his commitment leaves you weary. The man comes and goes like a rock star on tour – and Stephanie Douglas is his most fervent groupie.
2. When Brooke dumped him for Ridge, Eric moved on to psychotic Sheila Carter, and after a while on to taylor – who was dumped by the same son who left Brooke earlier, and any other half-wit who would have him. Each time Stephanie grabbed on to his coattails and begged for crumbs… and he gave them to her.
3. He returned to Stephanie only to end up cheating on her just before their wedding. He cheated with a woman who was like a daughter to her, Lauren Fenmore.
4. He tried returning to Brooke. Later returning to Stephanie when that fell through.
5. He later married Brooke’s sister, Donna Logan, but only after cheating on Stephanie (who was in hiding after facilitating Brooke’s sexual assault). What lousy circumstances under which Eric took Donna Logan to bed. It was mere weeks after finding that that Donna was sleeping with his youngest son in order to use him to tear the Forrester family apart. A heart-broken Thorne dumped Donna at the altar – Eric slept with her.
6. After all of the above, I never grew to like Donna and Eric, but it was clear that she really did love the artful dodger. It was Donna who fought the Forresters to keep Eric on life support when they were ready to pull the plug. It was Stephanie who gave Eric a knee to the groin in front of their adult children. It was Donna who went along with a plan to regain the company for Eric even if it meant betraying the trust of baby sister Katie… It was Stephanie who was at fault for helping the Forresters lose the company in the first place. Eric is returning to Stephanie… a woman who tried to destroy his life’s work and tried to turn his children against him.
Whatever unfortunate thing happens to him is all he deserves and more. By the way, it’s pretty awful when clips for your show fits the theme song to a slapstick comedy. BRAVO to the genius backstage who put this together! (At least you have a sense of humor about the show you’re producing):
OLTL writers must look at the BnB’s Eric with a sense of awe. The Power(less) That Be must love the guy, because it’s the road I see John McBain taking for as long as the show is on the air. Loving that man is a no-win proposition for any OLTL woman. Johnny McBain loves no woman as much as he loves the idea of living in misery… the women he ‘loves’ just end up along for the ride.
Both men should make room for the YnR’s Victor, who treats women as useless if they’re not grabbing pom poms and cheering on his self-indulgent tendencies. They may as well be packaged in tissues boxes. Victor uses one, and tosses her aside as he grabs the next.
All three aregoing to find themselves riding in a crowded car if they have to make room for GH’s loathsome Sonny Corinthos and Sonny’s enormous ego. I hope that car has a big trunk! It will have to carry the emotionally and spiritual dead bodies of the women Sonny has loved, maltreated, discarded, disrupted, and left as empty hollow shells.
The Self-Pitying Liar
The BnB leads the way again. Two words: taylor hayes… ok, two more: Stephanie Forrester… WAIT, two more: Steffy Forrester (Marone) – That’s three, right? Steffy has proven herself as taylor’s daughter, Stephanie’s granddaughter. I’ve never seen writers utterly destroy three female characters by writing them as utterly obsessed with another character – one Brooke Logan. I could show you a million clips of these women plotting (taylor and stephanie before steffy came along) and if you watched the show’s factual history, you would be shocked to hear them constantly whining about the ‘pain’ Brooke has cost them. Before Stephanie facilitated the rape of Brooke Logan, she tried to convince Brooke to take her life, and even gave her the gun to do it with… oh yes, that’s right… Brooke is the threat to the Forresters. Does Steffy has any idea how awful her mother and grandmother are? Does she care? She’s lied more since she became daytime’s lead self-pitying liar than any other character has in a decade!
The Take-by-Force loser
Oh come on, DAYS FANS, you knew it was coming! The scurge that is EJ so perfectly fits this category. I love that Will has no use for the man who violated his mother. Sami’s oldest child so clearly understands what kind of man EJ is and wants him GONE. Good boy, Will. It would be a HUGE mistake, for a show that’s doing so well, to try to sell the audience on the notion that Will wants to eventually become buds with the man who raped his mother and produced one child – and manipulated and violated his mother to produce another. I know that Sami feels ‘trapped’ in some way because she’s had two children with EJ , but she really needs to let them visit with him at his place. EJ’s presence is a constant reminder of what he’s done to young Will’s mother and I can’t believe any caring parent would let that happen.
Sorry PLTB, YOU wrote the story. YOU have to live with it.
Given Will’s obvious (and rightful) dislike of EJ, I wonder what role he will play in this storyline. If the man who raped your mother keeps trying to insinuate himself into her life and won’t stay away… what would you do? Hopefully Will might have some role in exposing EJ’s lies. It would give him some feeling of being able to avenge his mother’s rape and keeping his siblings safe from their vile father.
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.
I expect the prior week’s ratings to be TOUGH for the BnB when they’re released on Thursday/Friday of this week. DAYS has just ended a year long arc with Sami Brady finding out that Nicole Walker stole her child (Sydney) and replaced her with a child who ended up dying only months later (Grace). I fully expect DAYS to kick Bold’s fanny in the next set of ratings. If it doesn’t, shame on the viewers for missing one of daytime’s truly great moments! Sami put the smackdown on Nicole, literally and figuratively, after finding out that Nicole stole her child – and Nicole turned it around and made herself a sympathetic character, in the end.
4:35 into this clip (also posted below) shows you what DAYS has going on that Bold can’t touch, right now… but the whole clip is worth the watch! *Thanks MrBreaksoap for posting this vid… check out MrBreaksoap’s channel on Youtube
DAYS is amazing and Arianne Zuker is hitting it out the ballpark. I don’t know who to credit for the success of this storyline. Is it the writers who seemed to know how they wanted to tell this story from beginning to end? There were no weak moments (other than the uninteresting teens – and even then the writers seemed to know not to give them too big a role in this storyline). Does the credit go to Ari Z, whose every inflection, facial expression, and gesture seemed perfect? Is it a strong partnership between the two, one not working without the other?
The Bold and the Beautiful (only .2 of a ratings point ahead of DAYS) hasn’t offered a storyline that comes even close to anything as exciting as the Sami and Nicole exchange. While the BnB feels like the show you watch just before you go to sleep at night, DAYS is the show you rush home to watch because missing a single day means you’ll miss something good! If DAYS isn’t theEmmy winner for ‘Best Drama’ next year, I’ll be shocked. The carefully choreographed dance between the writers at DAYS, and Ari Z is the perfect example of what writers can do with a show when writers write to the strength of their actors, instead of faulting good actors for bad storylines and awful direction (see: Kyle Lowder).
What the BnB lacks in terms of the disciplined continuity shown by DAYS writers, it makes up for in sheer number of storylines directed at the audience. Stephanie’s childhood abuse storyline ended as quickly as it began and then morphed into a storyline about her facilitating the rape of Brooke Logan. Eric woke up out of his coma to find his wife in the arms of another man and all was forgiven mere weeks later. Owen was a schemer (or appeared to be) when he first arrived on canvas – only to be transformed into a ‘hero’ just months later and transformed again as a toyboy-to-true love shortly after. Brooke’s rape became a storyline about reclaiming the love of her life, only to have her nearly throw him away again with the birth of a child she never planned for (more on that later). BnB storylines are like the weather pattern in most places, wait ten minutes and they’ll change. The Bold and The Beautiful needs a storyline arc that draws fans in and one that lasts longer than a couple of months. The ‘baby drama’ centered on Nick, Bridget, and Sandy/Agnes is the perfect opportunity for the writers to tell a cohesive storyline. Right now the storyline is hit and run. Pieces of it show up, when the writers aren’t busy shoving less interesting storylines (like Steffy going psycho stalker and creating an affair from a weak kiss – all in her head).
I think that BOLD’s Ashley Jones’ appeal is severely underestimated – mainly by the BOLD writers since prime time writers, directors, and casting agents ‘get it’, given Ms. Jones’ string of successes in prime time appearances. Between Ashley Jones and Sarah Brown, the baby surrogacy storyline, added to the Logan/Forrester takeover, has the potential to give fans a reason to become excited about the show. SB’s Sandy is clearly playing the Nicole Walker role, but are her intentions are as pure as Nicole’s? It’s doubtful given Sandy’s fixation on the happy couple, the fact that they have everything, according to her, and that she has nothing. Could she have been targeting Nick and Bridget all along? Maybe it wasn’t her plan to become a surrogate, but that she’d planned to take advantage of Nick’s reputation as an unfaithful man. The guy slept with Bridget’s mother and her dying aunt, after all. How hard could it be to have him fall into bed with her? That the happy couple needed a surrogate might have been a happy coincidence for her. It would give her a chance to get closer to Nick, without Bridget needing to be around, and it set the stage for her making Bridget feel inadequate – or to at least try to.
Bridget has already suffered untold grief and misery and would be easily blindsided by someone like Sandy – but it shouldn’t take her long to see through Sandy and figure out what’s going on. It would require a paradigm shift from the writers who would have to let go of bad habits. By the time your husband humps your mother just months after your child dies, and jumps your dying aunt – being written as ‘naive’ only makes a character look stupid. I’d rather not see that happen this time. Why not have a cat and mouse storyline with the two women? Why not add a new angle? Sandy only THINKS she’s the cat. It turns out that she’s the mouse and that Bridget relies on Sandy’s knowledge of ‘poor, pitiful, naive, betrayed, Bridget’ and plays to it… while working with her mother and mother-in-law, to make sure that Sandy doesn’t get her child – even if she takes her husband. Maybe Bridget will prevail and win them both! Is it even possible for the writers to have Nick keep his pants up when presented with the opportunity to cheat? Let’s hope.
If you’re a BOLD viewer, I know what you’re most likely thinking? The last BnB ‘baby drama’ story (Brooke/Taylor surrogacy) didn’t work. Fans were bored silly and the ratings dropped. Why torture fans with another ‘baby drama’ storyline? Why pick up with another ‘two mommies’ storyline? The problem, in my opinion, wasn’t the type of storyline, but the players invovled!
The Brooke and taylor angle was wretched, because:
1 – taylor is a dud of a character and it would be easier cheering on a root canal than anything to do with her. There are times when the writers need to realize that some characters really are damaged beyond repair, and cut bait.
2 – of fan fatigue with the rivalry. It was tiresome watching Brooke dragged down into a storyline with taylor and Nick all over again. Taylor has been at Brooke’s throat for over two decades, soap time. They’ve battled over Ridge. Both have loved Eric. Both have bedded Thorne. Each has referred to herself as the mother of the other’s children. Both had bedded Nick and placed Bridget in the most uncomfortable of situations watching them move on with him while she still loved him. By the time ‘Jack’ came along, the only fan response left was ‘who cares?’
3 – the Brooke/nick link was DISGUSTING. Given the death of Bridget’s child with Nick and the writers added insult to injury by having Bridget implant Brooke’s fertilized egg into Taylor’s womb. That’s a move that sounds good in the echo chamber of the writers’ room, but EGADS, wasn’t there a focus group to float that one by? I can’t imagine anyone who wasn’t intimately connected with the show who loved it.
Moral of the story? KISS! (Keep it simple, silly!) The DAYS baby swap/two mommies storyline worked because it was interesting and because it wasn’t clogged with too many agendas. You didn’t get the feeling that the baby swap was just a prelude to something bigger, something worse – that the writers were committed to the storyline. The BnB storyline, by comparison, was a fiasco. The storyline appeared to be one more back door attempt to try to force fans to root for a Nick and Brooke pairing, a pairing that failed four times before.
In the appropriate writers’ hands, the Nicket storyline could help awaken this show. Speaking for viewers like myself: NO ONE gives a crap about taylor’s blind date. We’re SICK of Steffy’s desperation – and she is as equally damaged as Rick. The Douglas “drama” puts me to sleep. Give us more Nicket intrigue with Sandy and let us watch the Forresters fight their way back to the top, kicking Dollar Bill’s butt along the way! Let Ridge, Brooke, and Thorne take the lead on the big return. Explain Felicia’s absence as having her tracing back DB’s steps and digging up dirt on the guy. After helping her family successfully reclaim the company, she and Dominic/Dino can visit Dante in Europe (until LK finishes her stint on ATWT).
When the Bold and the Beautiful is on, it’s ON. When it’s not, it’s the most confusing show on daytime. The inconsistency and character/plot shifting isn’t serving the show well. I’m hoping there’s a time when the show will play to the strength of it’s actors and rich history, and do so consistently. If DAYS does surpass the BnB in the ratings, who knows it will last? DAYS has also had problems with past writing teams being inconsistent and confusing. It’s hard to know who will ultimately prevail in this battle, but given the richness of the BnB, it seems that the BnB has the edge. The writers just need to wake up and wake the rest of us up as well.
As an aside… DAYS writers?
When will you have Nicole wise up to the fact that the only real difference between EJ Dimera and Paul Walker is that one is the devil with whom she shares DNA, and the other is the devil with whom she was willing to share her life? Outside of that, the differences between the two men are minor.
The Logan girls: Valley Trash Inspiration?
Anyone watching The Bold and The Beautiful for longer than a week has heard Stephanie refer to the Logan women as ‘trash from the valley’, a phrase she less-than-creatively alternates with ‘sluts from the valley’. The Logan women were, according to Stephanie’s fantasies, poor, tasteless, money-hungry golddiggers who couldn’t wait to get their hands on the Forrester fortune… Except, Brooke chose the working son, not the established moneyed father. Donna never went near the Forresters, she was attracted to other “poor trash from the valley”, like Rocco Carner), and Katie rarely ever dated. Stephanie couldn’t forgive the Logan girls because her ‘trash from the hills’ husband chased ‘trash from the valley’ Beth Logan. Eric then kicked her ‘trash from the east coast’ backside to the curb to rebuild happiness with Beth!
Why does any of this old business matter? Because as the old adage says, ‘everything old is new again’. Katie took Bill Spencer home this past week to show him the neighborhood she grew up in and whaddya’ know? The Logan girls were middle class like much of the show’s viewing audience. They grew up in a loving home. They were close and cared for one another and were open and loving to all – so much so that Caroline Spencer didn’t want to leave the loving Logan home while recovering from rape. (Day One fans will realize that the new ‘old Logan home’ is significantly larger than the former ‘old Logan home’, but hey, that’s all about creative license). What’s clear is that the writers have put Stephanie’s tiresome screed in perspective.
Stephanie’s lack of perspective, and lack of humanity, is what has driven the conflict with the Logan family. There has been no ‘war’ between the Logans and the Forresters. There never was. There was Stephanie Douglas and her handmaiden, Taylor Hayes, on one side; the Logans and the Forresters have been on the other side. While I still couldn’t give a crap about Katie and Bill as a couple (and care even less for the idea of Steffy ‘trash from the Hills’ Forrester coming between them), the one benefit of this couple has been watching the writers use them to show the side of the Logan clan so many fans have always loved about them.
The rebuilding of the Logan clan has been slow going, but is paying off for the show! Donna returned, but as a tool to sell the writers’ vision of Bridge love vs. brICK lust. Donna began with focusing on the epic love between Brooke and Ridge and hoping to help Brooke realize that there was something wrong with her relationship with Nick. In the end, Donna was right. It was a marriage that lasted 10 weeks, but had done grave damage to Brooke’s relationship with Bridget in the process, and damage to the viewers’ relationship with Brooke, as well. Before Brooke ended her disastrous relationship with nick, Donna decided to move in on Ridge (near-fatal mistake number 1). RealDonna Logan gave up a man she loved for her sister, Katie, when they were younger. She would never have become involved with her sister’s one true love). When Ridge ended up dumping Donna, Nick then became Donna’s champion. Donna believed that Nick was the ‘better man’ and tried to sell Brooke on her new philosophy (near-fatal mistake number 2). Donna was willing to try to sell her sister on a man she (Brooke) didn’t love to soothe her own sense of rejection and betrayal.
It made Donna instantly unlikable to a significant portion of the viewing audience. Her behavior was untrue to her Logan heritage. It was as untrue to the legacy of these women as Katie’s betrayal of Bridget, by sleeping with Nick (near fatal mistake number 3). The Logan girls sacrificed for one another their entire lives. They were willing to give up people they loved, rather than hurt one another. Donna, the real Donna, would never have pushed Brooke in the direction of a man like Nick, one who’d betrayed Brooke (her sister) and Bridget (her niece). Neither would Katie. That’s all done now, and the Logan girls are back, their bond is stronger than ever, and Stephanie’s ridiculously hateful tirades have been put in perspective. These girls from the valley aren’t ‘trash’, nor are they ‘sluts’, or any other foul thing that Stephanie’s small mind can conjure to call them. They are the Logan girls, the Logan women, and they always will be.
Speaking of the Logan Bond
Let’s hope that now that the pseudo-incest storylines are over and the Logan women are no longer fighting for the lust of the same men, now that all are happy and in love with the men they were meant to be with (for now, on Katie and Donna’s parts) that all three remember the younger member of their clan who’ll need their support. Bridget has just embarked on a journey toward reclaiming motherhood that will be a rougher ride that even she imagined. She’s going to need the support of her tough as nails mother and aunts. Much like the insta-romance that takes place on this show, so goes the insta-surrogate storylines.
You’d think that given their past losses, that Bridget and Nick would want to take more time to get to know their chosen surrogate. How about spending a month or tow observing her habits? How about double and triple checking her references? Hiring several PIs to investigate her past, hoping one would find information the others haven’t? This woman will carry the most precious part of the both of them, a child they’ve wanted and into whom they will pour every bit of love they have – along with the love they’re pouring into Nick’s son Jack. So what’s the rush!?!?!
Taking a little more time, they would have learned that Carly Corinthos’ Sandy Sommers’ has such a jones for snack foods that even when pregnant it’s her preferred form of ‘nutrition’. They might learn that Carly Sandy, is a bit of a schemer and feels that others have far too much of what she wants – that she deserves more. They’d learn that her change in hair color is probably an indication of bad things to come – that’s one hand I wouldn’t want rocking my child’s cradle! They’d probably learn that the ‘minor deceits’ she’s capable of now are indications of ‘major deceits’ to come later.
It’s hard to believe that anyone who has a much money as the Logan/ Forrester-Marone clan is supposed to have would be a little more jaded. Nick was suspicious of Owen, to the point of trying to destroy him, but almost completely trusts a woman he doesn’t know to carry his seed? Doesn’t Sandy give off the scary ‘Deacon Sharpe’ vibe to anyone else? She’s almost immediately ingratiated herself into Bridget’s life, befriending her and wanting her trust. In return? Nick and Bridget are giving her their child to carry. Only one word can truly express my feelings about this storyline and that word is UGH!!!!!!!!! (ok, no so much a ‘word’, but an expression!) It’s hard to believe how quickly this storyline has moved.
The writers have done a great job showing us that Bridget and Nick live in their own world, that they aren’t tied to his past indiscretions, his slimeball move of sleeping with her mother and her aunt. I get it. I just think that it’s now time to show that Bridget and Nick can live in the same world with Katie and Brooke, with no problem. Let the Logan women pull together and figure out Sandy’s game plan… and then let them beat her at it. It wouldn’t be a bad idea for Sandy to have an unexpected ally, someone who might be motivated to keep “Nicket” busy while she makes moves toward stealing back custody of Jack… TAYLOR! Taylor and Sandy could form a destructive bond, much like the bond Taylor has with Steffy.
There’s something about the two women that suggests that they could be good friends and partners in hell-raising. Taylor, who has lost Phoebe in this past year, watched Steffy become a scheming man-eater (after having been pulled into taylor’s earlier plans to scheme to get Ridge back), Tommy became a car bomber, and Ridge made it clear that Brooke is and always has been the love of his life. Why wouldn’t she want Jack back? Why wouldn’t she be fed up with watching everyone else be happy, and not her? Why wouldn’t she engage in the twisted logic she’s known for and think that it’s unfair that Bridget and Nick would get to keep ‘her’ child and have their own? Taylor could secretly help Sandy push Bridget over the edge, petition for and be granted custody of, Jack - as Sandy makes a move on Nick. Both would fail in the end, but it could be fun watching them try to ruin the lives of other and watch the Logans band together to stop them.
There will still be room left for Sandy after that! There’s always Brooke’s golden boy, Rick. Rick (like his niece Steffy) has a knack for becoming involved with the one person who’ll bring the most discord into his family’s life. Sandy fits the bill pretty nicely.