Sadly, a good Brooke and Ridge (BRidge) reunion has always piqued my interest enough that I’d tune in and follow what’s going on. Not so much this go round, but I have kept up enough to know two things: 1 -The writers have tacitly confirmed that taylor “mail order psychiatry degree” hayes Jones is nothing more than a crackpot, and 2 – The writers view Ridge as nothing more than a cluesless lamb to the slaughter in the BRidge meltdowns. It’s time for the writers to let Ridge grow a pair, and KEEP THEM! This BRidge break up was the most pathetic yet (Ridge planned to rebound with a marriage to his ex before his son even knew that he’d divorced his mother and left the family) The second point first. Ridge:
Colore me stunned to see Ronn Moss’ (Ridge’s) heavy growth of facial hair. WHAAAA’? Has it dawned on anyone else that the last time we saw such heavy growth, not just the occasional 5 o’clock shadow we’ve seen, it coincided with another ‘big loss’ storyline on screen? Shortly after Ridge lost Caroline, he grew a beard that would make a dense patch of forest sick with envy! The mail order psychiatrist, hoping that she’d broken through to Ridge in order to get him to take his attention off of his grief for his dead wife and turn his attention to her, tried to get him to shave it. His response? NO! Brooke – the other woman he loved as much as Caroline, told him, as he sat at her bedside attending to her every need while she was in labor with his father’s child, that his beard was itchy. To taylor’s shock and chagrin, Ridge ran to shave it to make Brooke more comfortable.
That the timing of this storyline is coincidental with RM’s decision to grow facial hair shouldn’t be considered immaterial. How nice it would have been for the writers to have thought about those earlier scenes and then use them for this show. Imagine Taylor remembering that time and finally putting together the facial hair and the look of being lead to the gallows emanating from Ridge’s dead eyes whenever they’re together. Imagine a horrified Taylor realizing on her own that Ridge was grieving for Brooke as he grieved for Caroline, and that she truly was back on the sidelines, hoping that for once she wasn’t the rebound betty she’d been for Ridge from the day they met. She could have at least gone out with a little dignity. Maybe then she would have seemed slightly human had she crumbled under the weight of the realization that she’d emasculated her husband by laughing at her inability to remember his name in bed, calling out Ridge’s instead. She could have broken down in utter disgust that she’d tossed Whip aside, treating him as if his absolute devotion to her made her skin crawl. Nah… that’s too much like right for the broken down half-wit psychiatrist. The writers didn’t have it in them to have her think about what she’d done. She was too busy falling back on her uusal refrain, “… but what about ME?” In her rush to proclaim herself the victim, taylor’s statements about the tragedy of her non-wedding to Ridge made her seem callous, dumber than usual, and absolutely insane… all I can say is:
1. Taylor thought her son was “molested” by Brooke? (I can’t even deal with the writers’ trivialization of the word, right now). Suffice it to say: BTICH, PLEASE! This is the woman who called herself young Rick and Bridget’s “new mommy”, used a young Rick to keep the secret that she was dating his father behind good friend Stephanie’s back ,and then turned around and slept with Rick when he became an adult. She loved throwing in it Brooke’s face that she’d intended to marry her son. Yet she thought that Brooke “molested” her son when they were BOTH stoned on wild berries and neither had any real memory of what happened?
Given Thomas’ historyof violence and aggression and his prior attempts to get romantically/sexually physical with his stepmother (for the sake of publicity), she would have made more sense worrying about Brooke than worrying about Thomas.
2 – She wondered if Stephanie and Thomas even knew who she was and what she was about when they played their hand? BITCH, PLEASE! Stephanie, the woman you ran to when you were afraid of losing Ridge? The woman you thanked for keeping Ridge with you because the two of you would never made it without her? The woman who watched you a) accept a wedding gown/ring/proposal meant for someone else? b) accept her arm twisting of Ridge to keep him away from a child he thought was his child with Brooke for your sake? c) accept her help in trying to give a child she thought was yours with Thorne to his brother to force Ridge to be with you to give his brother’s child a father? d) sneak into Brooke office and cackle like a mad hen over listening to Steph call Brooke names? e) try to profit from doping Ridge up and giving him alcohol and taking him to bed after that? Honey, that’s your SHORT list. How could any writer expect an audience to believe taylor’s innocence given her own history?
3. She’s tried to live her life with integrity? If the emphasis in on the word ‘tried’, she gets away with that statement, though I could argue that the writers didn’t have her try very hard. If the emphasis is on the work “integrity”? BITCH, PLEASE! This is the woman who called Brooke a whore and who mocked her for marrying the Forrester men and yet has slept her way through TWO families (plus the men she didn’t know while drinking and trolling the wharf around Chuck’s bar). Taylor lied about killing her sister-in-law, allowed the family to think that Darla had been left to die like an animal in the road, and then encouraged Darla’s child and husband grow close to her. She hid her infidelity with James Warrick, at her husband’s family’s beloved Big Bear cabin, for YEARS while making her husband think she was as pure as the driven snow. She’s slept with almost every male patient she’s ever had (onscreen), lied about her college relationship with Grant Chambers, committed bigamy, trashed her best friend’s marriage behind her back, betrayed her now deceased daughter, used her psychologically frail – physically violent husband to try to make a young Ridge jealous by sleeping with the ex-husband (license and ethics be damned) … and again, the short list.
That taylor didn’t have the decency to feel sorry for anyone other than herself means that if the writers didn’t intend for the character to seem shallow, vain, and pathetic someone should be playing the lottery because they hit on all three traits without breaking a sweat.