I don’t know if I respect any actor, in any genre, as much as I respect The Bold and The Beautiful’s Susan Flannery. It’s not just because she’s an immensely talented, untouchable, actor. It’s not just because she’s made Stephanie such an iconic character. It’s in large part because I can’t remember a daytime actor who continued to land each and every performance no matter how repetitive the plot has been for the character she plays. Flannery NEVER phones in her performances when so many other actors (again, across genres) have. How she avoids phoning it in makes her worthy of teaching master classes. Day after day, year after year, Stephanie Forrester utters the harshest and ugliest anti-Logan language possible – at least the harshest language possible without the FCC leveling a big ass fine at CBS. Referring to Logan women as ‘bitches in heat’ was just par for the course for Stephanie Forrester. How unfortunate.
Stephanie could potentially be a vibrant and incredible woman. Why won’t the writers let her be truly happy for once in her life? The closest she’s ever come to happiness was when she’d lost her memory (after attending Eric and Brooke’s wedding ceremony) and ended up wandering the streets. For several weeks, Stephanie lived as a homelsess woman with a group of others who’d lived on the streets for months and years before her. Without the Forrester name, money, or lifestyle she felt true peace. She met a man named ‘Adam’ , who, for all intents and purposes became a love interest for her. Adam cared for Stephanie and she legitimately cared for him. Since that time, she’s had relationships with Jack Hamilton and James Warrick… and something approximately a relationship with Bill Spencer and Massimo Marone. All of them were short-lived and all of them ended so that Stephanie could continue to pursue a relationship with Eric.
Stephanie and Eric’s relationships always end the way their ‘love’ began, with Eric loving and wanting someone else! (Long term viewers may remember that Eric was engaged to Elizabeth “Liz” Logan when Steph met Eric. She didn’t know him, but decided to take advantage of the fact that Beth Logan was away from the Christmas Holiday and slept with Eric while he was drunk at a college Christmas party) Rather than accepting the fact that Eric is a weak man who’ll never be worthy of the love she wants to force on him, she becomes wildly violent and aggressive with any woman Eric has the most remote of interest in. Woe to that same woman when Eric feels that he’s fallen deeply in love with her. Stephanie’s ‘psycho’ nature hits some exponential factor not previously seen in the natural world. She makes it her mission to destroy that woman and anything or anyone she loves.
CLEARLY, ‘Stevie’ learned well from her abusive father. He taught her how to be physically abusive, psychologically abusive, and verbally abusive. WHAT can Grandma ‘Stevie’ say to Hope and RJ? What can she tell them about the way she attacks their mother, while claiming to love them? Will Hope, or RJ, come home and cry to Grandma ‘Stevie’ because the kids are making fun of them because of the things ‘grandma’ says in her Eye On Fashion Vlogs that are being discussed in the homes of the other children?
Will they know that she’s trying to take their father from them, but thought that her OTHER grandchildren deserved to have a father living in the home?
Does little Stevie even care about her grandchildren?
Has she EVER cared for them?
Can she TRULY love anyone who loves her as family as long as they also share Brooke’s DNA – even if they share her DNA, too (as in RJ’s case)?
Would a confrontation with her crying, pained, grandchildren FINALLY cause ‘LIttle Stevie’ to take stock in how much like her father she’s become?
Why didn’t Pam point that out instead of whining about there ‘not being enough FORRESTERS’… given the fact that she’s a DOUGLAS!?!?!? Why didn’t Pam point out how much Stevie’s vicious anger and cruel words remind her of their father? Why doesn’t PAM realize that their parents destroyed BOTH of them and help ‘Stevie’ figure that out, too?
There is so much more to Steph’s abuse storyline. Too bad she’ll never wake up and realize how those who are self-motivated and self-centered RELY on Steph reverting back to the abuse she learned FIRST HAND from her own father. The writers won’t let her. If she had any REAL friends, or someone who TRULY cared for her as James Warrick once did, she might have someone in her corner who could tell her that indulging the ugly dark side of her soul is not in her best interest. The writers won’t give Stephanie a ‘reel’ friend to pull her back from the edge. She’s surrounded by those who keep shoving her out just a little bit further, because being out there helps their cause too.
It’s a true sickness and I want to pity Steph, it’s just hard to pity someone who is so destructive and has caused so much pain (physical, emotional, psychological).
The truth is that I want STEPHANIE back. I want the real Stephanie, the woman who was complex, and interesting, and yes – at times a little angry. I didn’t need her to love the characters I loved to enjoy her. I liked watching a conflicted Stephanie try to decide between accepting Brooke Logan into her family and despising her. I liked watching Stephanie painfully taking on Caroline Spencer, someone she loved like a daughter, because the thought that Caroline hurting Thorne was too big a price for him to pay for loving Caroline. Her mother’s heart couldn’t bear Thorne’s pain. As she became more psychotic, she contributed to Thorne’s pain to get what she wanted.
I want to remember that woman who was vulnerable and nearly gave in to a passion that could have destroyed her relationship with her daughter since they both lusted for the same man. I just want Stephanie to have some dignity, to put herself FIRST, and to be able to live without waiting for a worthless man to come back to her. Psychogranny, Meanie ‘Little Stevie’, just isn’t my cup of tea.
The writers have given us a backstory that explains Stephanie’s hateful actions. They just haven’t taken her to the next stage. Let her wake up to it and leave her father’s legacy of abuse behind. It’s time for a new Stephanie Douglas – one who doesn’t care to use the name Forrester and then sheds the name and the baggage that comes along with it.