Given the half hour format and the relatively small cast, I can understand why the show’s characters have to do a quick ‘forgive and forget’ and move on to the next storyline. Otherwise, no one would be speaking to anyone else in Bell’s fictionalized Los Angeles. While I was looking for clips from a different show, I stumbled across this one:
I still maintain that Stephanie was NEVER responsible for Andy raping Brooke. Rape is ALWAYS the responsibility of the rapist. Stephanie was, however, responsible for helping Andy gain access to Brooke. It’s that Stephanie has forgiven herself that makes me queasy about the character. It’s that Stephanie views guilt is a useless wasted emotion (her words) that makes me want to see her pay for her past sins , and not by losing Eric — that just feels like a gift from the soapgods that she’s too stupid to recognize! I can’t help but wonder why everyone around her has sanitized her history and her actions so quickly. How have they allowed themselves to forget? How have they allowed themselves to praise her ‘goodness’, her ‘kindness’, her ‘moral decency’?
In the clip, she comments that she realizes that she’s been WRONG about Brooke, that Brooke was never a ‘whore’ and that she didn’t deserve to be raped, no woman does. Reaching out to Brooke was the one decent thing she’d done in YEARS, but did she mean it? Were those words indicative of Stephanie’s all too brief flirtation with the idea of becoming a human being, OR, did she only say it to win favor with Brooke in the hopes of saving herself and her ties to Eric and Ridge? Both vowed to never forgive her for her actions. Eric… Ridge… Nick… The Logans… how soon they all forget! While Rick was busy plotting how to pay Ridge back for the on-again-off-again relationship he had with Brooke many years ago, he should have been plotting on how to destroy Stephanie, instead. Clearly her remorse was short-lived.
How could THAT woman, the woman who heard a survivor’s story, watched her tears and her trembling body, AGAIN become the woman she is today? How could Stephanie NOT feel ill every time she attacks Brooke (verbally or physically)? How could she not hate herself for continuing to attempt to destroy the only happiness Brooke was able to salvage after surviving such a brutal attack, fighting a predator for her life (a predator other than Stephanie, that is)?
Why has this storyline been dropped when there are so many RICH avenues to explore? Surely Andy has a living relative who is angry at the Forresters, most especially Brooke and Ridge? Wouldn’t a brother or sister of his have wormed his way into Forrester, becoming a valued employee, while hiding their true identity? What if it was BOTH a brother and sister? Wouldn’t they want revenge on Brooke AND Ridge? Why haven’t we seen a ‘Hand that Rocks the Cradle’ storyline? How would Stephanie feel knowing that her hateful attitudes toward Brooke (telling a man she didn’t know how to gain access to Brooke’s home) could cost her the life of her truly beloved son? Stephanie knows that Brooke has never indiscriminately slept with men she didn’t know. Why would it be ok to send a complete stranger to her, expecting her to fall into bed with him?
There’s nothing left of the Brooke/Ridge/Taylor triangle (not that it is or will become a ‘real’ triangle anyway – not without killing the ratings even more). There’s nothing left of Stephanie’s psychotic and constant haranguing of a woman whose rape she facilitated. What’s left of the Stephanie-Brooke dynamic, that has yet to be explored, is in the deconstruction of Stephanie’s feud with Brooke. The feud is one-sided as Brooke has resisted becoming involved in the hatemongering that feeds and nourishes Stephanie’s sick and twisted soul. What’s left of the Stephanie-Brooke dynamic is for Stephanie to slowly start paying for her past sins, and finally realizing that guilt is NOT a wasted emotion. It’s what keeps us human.
Maybe my desire to see a STAYLOR )Stephanie – Taylor) storyline stems from hoping the writers would being rehabilitating Stephanie’s character by having her live with, and love, someone who has the potential to finally change her world and open her eyes to how needlessly cruel and angry she’s been. Unfortunately, Taylor Hayes was trained by James Warrick, and as a daytime psychiatrist, he’s been as lousy a psychiatrist as they come! Rather than Taylor transforming Stephanie into a better person, she’s proven herself to be sadly emotionally and psychologically weak. Taylor not only indulges Stephanie’s hatred for others, she encourages it.
More is the pity.
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