BnB: Befuddled!

BnB Angry Ally ForresterIt’s clear that the writers have more to tell us about Aly and what ails her, but for now I am confused, friends, simply befuddled.  1.  She’s been to college.  Why are her references about life left over from her high school days?  Attacking Wyatt as one of the popular boys who liked to hang out at the lockers of the cheerleaders threw me for a loop.  Exactly where in time is Aly stuck?

  2 – She was headed into a law practice (either as a law school student or a recent pre-law graduate taking an internship – I can’t remember).  Then she took the detour that led her to Forrester Creations.  Was her initial interest in a law practice an indication of a larger trauma?  Was she going to advocate for other survivors when the thought of opening her own life was too frightening so she dropped out, or was she just lonely and wanted to come home? I know it may be a stretch to read into the dialogue, but the BnB writers have been using dialogue so effectively to drop clues for the audience that I couldn’t ignore Aly’s statements.  Is anyone else struck by how she uses the word “wrong” repeatedly, as if she’s stuck on the word and not what the word indicates? Wyatt is “wrong” for Hope. Hope is “wrong” for abandoning HFTF values.  It’s so “wrong” that they had sex on the plane.  Wyatt is “wrong” for Hope for the Future and Forrester Creations.  Putting Stephanie’s legacy on display is “wrong”.  No other character uses a single word so obsessively.  Why does she?  P.S.  What a giggle that Stephanie’s “legacy” can be closed up in a box and carried around.  Double giggle that a woman who wore pantsuits everywhere,  probably to bed as well, had such an extensive jewelry collection and wore those jewels to so many amazing events).

BnB Ally Attacking Hope and Wyatt

Wyatt commented on Aly referring to him as “Mr. Popular”.  It was very child-like and I wonder if it is noteworthy that the writers made a point of having Wyatt focus on the oddity of Aly’s use of language.  Surely that has meaning most especially when you add it to her extreme reaction to seeing Wyatt with Hope in bed.  That was more than bizarre!  Not.Normal.Folks.  She’s old enough to see two adults together and know what sex between consenting adults looks like and how it’s different from a woman who is being coerced.  Her reaction was one of a young woman who was witnessing a sexual assault.

3 – Aly describes every interaction between Hope and Wyatt in such apocalyptic terms:  He ruins you.  He’s damaging your reputation.  Wyatt and Quinn have ruined Liam’s life (really?  ruined?  He’s VP of an international conglomerate and owns a multi-million dollar beach house.  A broken heart is not the sign of a ruined life).  She is so over the top.  What makes her go to such a deep dark place when her reactions should be basic?

4 – Is Aly suffering from delusions?  The last time I checked, she was working in the mail room.  Now she’s on a shadowing experience. Why does she think she can fire Wyatt and Quinn from FC?  Her tantrums mean that the Fullers are gone for good?  Shouldn’t she at least consult with someone, first.  Ok, then, someone needs to sit this young woman down and help her figure her life out.   I actually enjoyed the scenes of Brooke and Aly talking together.  It reminds me that while Aly is missing her mother and had Darla in her life for such a short period of time, there is still an opportunity for her to have a mother figure.  It was good to see Brooke with both Hope and Aly and supporting the younger generation of women. I will admit that it also made me wonder if Brooke and Aly were two survivors talking together, and that their developing friendship was an indication of something more  – like Brooke helping Aly take the first step in recovering from a traumatic past.

Outside of that, I really like the vibe of switching back and forth between the Paris Office and the L.A. Office.  I hope to see more of it – as long as it doesn’t include Aly flipping out on Hope and Wyatt.

Aly and Taylor

The person Aly can’t get help from is Taylor.  It’s not just because Taylor killed her mother, though that should be enough. It’s not just that Taylor lied to her and deceived her and her father while trying to replace her mother, that’s just sick.  It’s because Taylor, at best, is the WORST psychiatrist in history.  At worst, Taylor has always known what she  was doing and she manipulated those around her for personal gain from the moment she stepped foot in L.A. and that includes the numbers of time she’s taken advantage of her grieving male clients to get them in bed.  I see Taylor as the latter.

BnB Thorne and Young AllyThis is the woman who outed her patient’s husband’s affair with her sister, as well as a resulting pregnancy, in a crowded room,  during a family celebration.  Damn Katie’s heart issues.  Damn the fact that Katie was recovering from severe Postpartum.  Damn the fact that under any other circumstance, that sort of news would be enough to push even the most stable person over the edge.  Katie was already fighting with ever fiber of her being to pull her life back together.  Taylor blew it apart in yet another fit of jealous rage directed at Brooke. DISQUALIFIED!

This is the woman who couldn’t see that Amber was being deceitful when she first brought Little Eric home (though others could) and offered her orange juice to calm her nerves.  DISQUALIFIED!

This is the woman who, despite Stephanie’s increased aggression and violence, never figured out that it probably had its roots in the violence she experienced earlier in her life.  Taylor used Stephanie’s abnormal rages against Brooke in her war to keep Ridge tied to her side.  It was only when she and Ridge were apart, and Stephanie confided the truth about her violent childhood, that Taylor tried to help her.  Someone who is supposed to be good at her job should have known.  HELL, the AUDIENCE knew something was wrong with Stephanie’s escalating rage.  DISQUALIFIED!

It was only when Stephanie stopped supporting her that Taylor realized that Stephanie’s relationship with Ridge, almost to the exclusion of all of her other children, was abnormal.  Once Stephanie seemed to stop supporting her, not only did she comment on her newly found realization, she taunted Stephanie with her perception that Steph was sexually attracted to Ridge and backed her (Taylor) in the war against Brooke because unlike Brooke, she was not a threat, a sexual competitor, to Stephanie in the fight for Ridge’s affections.  DISQUALIFIED!

BnB Taylors Ripped Wedding DressThe above is the short list of Taylor’s truly heinous behaviors.  The ONLY reason Taylor still has a license to practice is that no one seems to be willing to bring her up on charges (the writers just won’t allow it).  Maybe she’s fine working with people from whom she wants nothing or with whom she does not share a personal relationship.  Outside of that?  Walk away.  No, RUN!  Taylor is a bigger wreck than the patients she claims she’s trying to help.  Seeing her back onscreen is a big reminder of the years of missed opportunities with what could have been an interesting character.

Up next: Ridge and Katie

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Young & the Restless / Bold & the Beautiful – Crazy Is…

YnR Nikki Summer Ian

The Young and the Restless: Crazy Like a Fox

Crazy is as crazy does, or so they say.  Here’s what I see.  Ian’s days are, for sure, numbered.  Will he end up  dead?  Who knows? If he lives, it is not clear to me that his days will be worth living.  He is one part cocky and two parts crazy!  Than never bodes well for a villainous soap character.

Nikki’s unequivocal F-U to Ian and her glaring declaration that she is not afraid of him is the best thing that could have happened for viewers!  Strength and courage, forget cowering and waiting for the big bad Newman men to save the day!  Oh sure, it was a HUGE thrill to have Dylan and Nick show up at the door at the end – Ian’s facial expression was priceless.  It was more of a thrill to know that Nikki didn’t need them.

Before their arrival, she charged into Ian’s office like she owned it.  She batted his lies like flies.  Someone should have warned Ian that Nikki has been married to Victor Newman, off and on, for more than 30 years soap time.  She has already survived one big bad controlling and scary man (a man who leaves me alternating between hating and loving to hate him).  Sir. Ian is a rank amateur by comparison — no matter how beautifully seamless Ray Wise’s Ian is as a villain.  Someone should tell Ian to stick to mind-blanking young and vulnerable people  who are “confused and searching” as he helps “put them on their paths”.

YnR Dylan Threatens IanSomeone should also tell him to avoid messing with the Newman clan. These people have killed before and they will kill again I’m sure.  There is always the option of leaving him imprisoned in a basement cell where no one will find him!  (What I wouldn’t give for Victor to build a cell for Ian!)  I fully expected this storyline to continue on and on with Nikki being afraid for herself, or Dylan.  Thank you writers, for letting Nikki be proactive in protecting Summer and the rest of her family.

Also, how good is it to see Paul, Lauren and Michael together?  I won’t lie.  There is a part of me that so fondly remembers Paul and Lauren as a couple (as well as Paul and Nikki) that having them find their way back to each other would feel like old home week for me. There are times when I, for a moment, wish for a Lauren and Paul reunion.  I never thought that I could grow to love Lauren after her treatment of Tracy Abbott, but Paul was the beginning of her redemption.  Lauren learned to become human, with Paul.  It helped that Lauren was fed back some of the crap she dealt out to Tracy, in the form of Mary Williams (the working woman version of BnB’s Stephanie Forrester).  Now when I see Lauren, I don’t see the mean spirited young adult who was filled with anger and ill will.  I see the woman who became a wife and mother, who apologized to Tracy for having victimized her for many years, and I love the growth that YnR characters have made Lauren in particular.  I have tried to avoid being dragged back into daytime, but the BnB and the YnR are making it tough for me to stay away.

The Bold and The Beautiful: The Douglas Problem

I’m not sure if it is intentional, but whatever the case, it is certainly interesting that there is a strong connective history when looking at the Douglas bloodline.  Stephanie Forrester’s father was a cruel and nasty S.O.D. who abused and humiliated his eldest daughter for reasons that are still not clear (realistically so.  Many survivors of abuse are left trying to make sense of their abusers’ cruelty – forced to try to give meaning to something so illogical and so vile).  John Douglas was clearly a man who refused to control his impulses – giving way to his anger at his daughter for daring to have her own opinions and  ideas.  It is a tragic behavior pattern that Stephanie followed in her own later life.  The revelation of Ally’s continued difficulties ties so neatly into the troubled Douglas history. Stephanie’s mother was as troubled as John and as troubled as Stephanie and Pam became over time.  Not only did Mother Ann refuse to protect Stephanie, she accepted a lonely Ann’s devotion and watched as Ann gave up all dreams of a family and children to care for her mother.

BnB Douglas WomenAt the time of the confrontation between mother and daughter,  it seemed that Mother Douglas’ only goal was to protect herself and the memory of a perfect marriage and perfect family life.  I now have to wonder if the writers want us to rethink the entire Douglas lineage!   That Ally’s psychological issues are being addressed (and that Ally flips out in the presence of not just Wyatt, but the Stephanie Douglas Forrester jewelry collection was BRILLIANT!)  It makes sense  that a child who lost her mother at such a young age is so badly hurt by that loss and that the pain doesn’t simply dissipate.

Are Ally’s psychological problems the real reason she didn’t continue on to Law school and came home to join the family business?  Had she had a break just before coming home?  This kid has had so much to deal with in such a short life.  Ally’s pain was compounded by the fact that the first woman she allowed to become her new mother was a woman who deceived her, only to try to replace the mother she was still grieving. Ally must have surely felt betrayed by the ease with which her father forgave the woman who left her mother dying on the highway.

Is that why Ally clings to Hope?  An innocent Hope was the only person Ally could rely on and trust in, at that time. Everyone else behaved as if it was normal for your father to marry the woman who killed your mother.   Hope told Ally the truth no one else would tell.  Is Hope’s perfect life one Ally has imagined  having for herself  instead of the crap storm Taylor’s actions and her father’s thoughtlessness left her?  Is she living vicariously through Hope to the point of imagining a happy Hope and Liam living the life that would have made her happy, too?  From Vicious John Douglas, to Mother Ann Douglas to the psychotically violent Stephanie, the murderous Pam, and now the unhinged Ally Forrester. WOW!

I’d jokingly said before that if Ally starts wearing pantsuits and a brooch, I’m  going to cry, and then fear for Hope’s safety.  I now see that I will have to fear for Wyatt’s safety.  I’m not sure what Wyatt triggers in Ally ( his deceit = taylor’s deceit?).  Does watching Hope forgive Wyatt anger her because, as she lives vicariously through Hope, and it reminds her that she accepted Taylor’s lie?  Whatever is it, the writers will let us know soon enough, but I have to say that it is beginning to become deliciously uncomfortable.

I can say that prior to Ally’s explosive rage, it was fun to watch a little innocent romance with #HOTT.  They started strong and ended strong, today.  I can’t wait for the next episode to see where this is headed.  Something tells me to not expect an apology from Ms. Ally.  Who stands with Wyatt if (when) the -ish hits the fan and the Forresters rally around Ally to protect her?  How? Most likely by firing Wyatt to help Ally heal, if the question of whether Wyatt should be fired, posed in the twitterverse to fans,  is any indication.  The only supporter he has ever had prior to meeting Hope?  His mother.  She’s ride or die for her son so I’m sure she’ll stand with him, should it happen. Would Hope stand with him or would her loyalties be divided?  Will his donor father come to his aid?  Given Bill’s consistent trashing of Wyatt, I wouldn’t count on it.  If it happens, I’m sure surprising battle lines will be drawn.

BnB Quinn and BillSoap crazy Part 2?  Bill Spencer.  Seriously, after today, this guy goes on my FastForward filter.  He is such an loser that it’s hard to fathom where the writers feel this character fits in a genre that is about romance, a bit of cheesecake, and the occasional bit of insanity.  How many times in one lifetime will a man get to say, “We’re not family, you’re just the mother of my child”?  It’s a grotesque thing for him to say to a woman with whom he has had no serious conflict and who saved. loved, and nurtured a child he claims to now love, as well.  Even referring to her as a very distant relative would have been better. (and yes, ship docked in the nearby harbor would have still worked).

Bill Spencer is exhausting.  He is a combination low-rent comedic version of J.R. Ewing (original Dallas) and womanizing Don  Draper of Mad Men.  He’s anachronistic!  Everyone else seems to be operating in the 21st century.  Bill is almost 19th century in this thoughts and actions.  I’m sick of his male equivalent “Forever 21″wardrobe, the ridiculously compulsive (and unnatural) grooming, and the  tired juvenile dialogue – what grown ass man has to tell a woman that she’d better not show up in a couple of months pregnant with his child? (If you can’t control it?  CAP IT!)  People, I just can’t with this guy. I.can.NOT!   (My comments are not about Don Diamont, who is a true hottie.  His own  look is so natural and gorgeous.  Google him.)  Bill Spencer  is too much of a put on.  It throws me every time I look at him.

Bill’s comment that Quinn was not his family  was almost as repulsive as his line that Quinn didn’t give him a chance to be a father.  As I recall, she did.  He told her to abort their child.  No matter how good looking he is with his shirt off, he is a little bit of a sidewinder, otherwise, and for a man who is such a misogynist to be treated as either a hero, or a man at all, runs counter to what a romantic lead is in daytime.  Who the hell wants to spend their days battling the Bill Spencers of the world, only to watch them celebrated?  Difficult men? Ok, outright misogynistic pigs?  Keep ’em, you can have ’em.  I have to paraphrase my new fave quote (THANKS @MrJeromeTrammel for articulating my thoughts better than I could have):  “There Is No Shortage Of Good Men, It’s Just That The Ignorance Of No-Good Men Is Promoted So Well.”

Quinn’s dialogue, returning fire for fire, was about the only useful thing to happen in the conversation between the two. I do believe she is right. Bill has never met a woman who is his match. Katie tried to humanize him, but was shut down. Brooke only gave in and gave him what he wanted – physical contact – no attempt to humanize him at all. Quinn is too good for Bill.  I hope the guy either grows up or goes.

Sorry, folks, but as I said above, Bill has hit my FastForward Filter.  He is too much of a bad thing.  I can’t be bothered to watch this guy any more.

If anyone wondered why Ashlyn Pearce was cast in the role of Alexandria Forrester, I’m guessing that’s now officially answered!  SO, in the event that you get out of line with comments or in email?  Remember this face:

BnB Angry Ally Forrester

Don’t make me send Ally after you!