It’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).
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.
This 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!
The 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