I thought ATWT’s Jack Snyder topped the list, but boy I was wrong! Jack Snyder engages in mere child’s play when it comes to jerkiness if you compare him to Eric Forrester. Eric railed against ex-wife Stephanie Forrester when she gave her opinion about her perceptions of the guilt of Rick Forrester (Eric’s son) in the death of her granddaughter, Phoebe Forrester (Rick’s niece and ex-girlfriend, Eric’s granddaughter). Of course, she chose to do so by giving an interview to the press just after a Forrester Creations showing, but details, details! His bellowing response continues to ring in my ears, “What’s the matter with her? Doesn’t she know we’re all grieving around here?”.
Keep in mind that while ‘grieving’, Eric dumped Stephanie when just mere weeks before he told her that they would be together, forever. Not only did he dump her soon after Phoebe’s death, but it was over the Christmas holidays. WHY was he dumping her? Ah, yes, to play sex games with his newest child bride, Donna Logan (Rick’s aunt). It wasn’t ‘grief sex’, mind you. It was down and dirty sex, including the now infamous, and gag-producing, honeybear bottle that has probably lost significant real life market share since the Donna and Eric storyline started.
It takes a big brass set to accuse a woman who is still in pain over her granddaughter’s death of not understand grief, while you paw over a 30-something year old woman in the presence of the family you dumped.
Winsor Harmon’s scenes as Thorne, today, have really driven home just how foolish of a man the writers have made Eric. To have told family members who stood with him through the worst of times to ‘like’ what he’s done to their family, and the company they spent decades making a success, or ‘leave it’… Geez. Thorne was right, loyalty means nothing to Eric, nothing. Considering how many times he’s dumped their mother for women who ended up dumping him – this shouldn’t exactly be news. I would have loved to have had Thorne reflect on his father’s marital infidelities as a sign that he loves no one other than himself – much like his pathological offspring, Rick. Even without that, the dialogue between Thorne and Eric (and Felicia and Eric) has made sense for the first time in a LONG time.
When Eric no longer trusted Donna, after catching her making out with Owen Knight, while in a bedroom in his family’s home, he turned to Thorne for help. It wasn’t Donna’s first time at the Owen rodeo, either, it was the second time she’d desecrated their home, and the third time she’d been with Owen (the first time being at the Forrester family cabin). The second time she was with him in the bed they shared – the same bed he shared with Stephanie before he’d descrated it WITH Donna, when Stephanie was out of town.
Now that he’s back with Donna, and pushing her and her family to the forefront, his family, save Rick, to the margins, Thorne is just another FC employee. His only real function is to serve Donna’s whims. Great job there, dad.
For all of the talk of what’s wrong with the parenting skills of the women of the BnB, Eric Forrester has to be the worst parent, EVER. He’s certainly the worst grandparent. To use his granddaughter’s death to attack his ex-wife, and to discuss ‘mourning’ her only when it suits him? I think Eric Forrester has just jumped to the top of the Brass Cojones list… definitely not an honor.
By the way, in a blog comment below, MarkH reflects on what’s stale about the BnB, and about the show’s cornerstone couple, Brooke and Ridge. I think they’re a ‘renewed’ couple and at some point, I will reflect on what the writers have done, and are doing to Brooke and Ridge – some bad, some good. Regarding the show in general, however, ‘Ann’, a Bold-L mailing list participant wrote the following (reprinted with permission):
I watched today …and I must say, nothing I saw made me want to see MORE.
There was the billionth version of Brooke vs Steph….AGAIN.
There was the obligatory “Logans are tramps” comment by Steph….AGAIN.
There was Eric being all shouty and laying down the law….AGAIN.
There was Steph making numerous OUTRAGEOUS statements (“Rick killed Phoebe” “there must be consequences for actions”) and no other character bothers to state the obvious “No he did NOT” or “Like you killed Gaby’s mother?” or “like the consequences YOU faced for all the sh*t you’ve pulled, including your part in Brooke’s rape?”….AGAIN.
There was Ridge stuck between Brooke and Steph’s hostilities….AGAIN.
There was Donna seducing Eric with the honeybear routine….AGAIN.
There was a promising new character (Marcus) getting kicked to the curb and probably sentenced to storyline Siberia, because there are no other possible romantic partners on the canvas for him….AGAIN.
There was the magic transporter getting a Forrester up to Big Bear in record time….AGAIN.
And the worst: there was Rick, making out with a woman who used to be his niece…AGAIN.
The only possible positive was that Steffy did NOT follow in her mother’s footsteps, and accept an engagement ring from one man, while really secretly hoping that her relationship with another man would blossom….but that, and my admiration for Steffy’s/JMW’s looks, are nowhere near enough to keep me watching this boring train wreck of a show. I don’t know whether to yawn or retch first.
Over and out until the next time I decide to subject myself to thirty minutes of dullness (or is that DUH-ness?)….
I’ve gotta agree with Ann’s assessment. Each blog entry about the BnB feels ‘the same’ for me because the storylines are ‘the same’. I’m not sure Eric’s shiny brass set will be what it takes to turn the show around – I somehow doubt it. As a person who despises the Marones, even I am leaning in the direction of actually wanting to root for Jackie M (well, for Jackie, Clarke, and Thorne), just to see Eric and Donna lose – BIG. It would be something different, and might give viewers like Ann, and like me, a reason to care about what happens on this show.