William DeVry – NuNotStorm Logan? YnR Tie-In?

It’s unfortunate that a phenomenal actor like William DeVry, who was a significant part of the BnB’s success winning it’s first and only ‘Best Drama’  Emmy,  will no longer  be a part of the show!  There are so many unexplored storylines involving Storm – including finding out where he’s been all this time and what he’s been doing.  We know that he saved Donna, once, when she was sexually harassed while working in San Francisco.  We knew virtually nothing else about a character who was such an integral part of the Logan family’s life during the early days of this soap.  I’ve thought about how the writers COULD bring William DeVry back… as Storm’s twin!

(I KNOW, I KNOW, the writers just offered the Owen’s twin storyline.  It, however, was weak and I’m willing to pretend it NEVER happened.  Heck, I didn’t even see ‘Casper’ and I yawned about the character showing up when I read about him).

What if, during a family vacation in Paris, Beth Logan keeps mentioning how both babies were crying the day that Storm was born. Everyone would think it’s just Beth’s AD causing her to remember things that didn’t happen, or that she’s just confused about the babies in the nursery.  She’s insistent that she heard two babies cry when Storm was born.  All would think that she was slipping, especially since she doesn’t mention hearing two babies cry when she’s lucid.

As a former physician, Bridget starts to realize that these memories appear to be real.   Beth was never told she was carrying twins,  and was given only one baby when she woke up.  Because fathers weren’t usually in the delivery room at the time, Stephen never knew there was another child, either.   Shortly after they realize Beth’s memories are real, they all find out that the OB/GYN who delivered Storm is arrested for selling infants on the black market, something he’s been doing for over 40 years.

Let’s make this a HUGE storyline.  We can use it as a crossover!

Soaps are known for indulging impossible odds, so what if this storyline becomes a YnR/BB crossover that solves TWO mysteries?  Veteran YnR viewers will remember the BnB’s  Darlene Conley’s role as Rose DeVille many years ago.  She was the baby broker who stole Nina Chancellor’s child after she changed her mind about giving her baby up for adoption.  Phillip has a slightly older sister out there somewhere.  It’s time for him to meet her.

Why not tie the two shows together when we find out that the doctor who delivered Nina’s child is the same who delivered the Logan boys ?  In fact, it’s because Nina’s daughter traced her family history that she found out she was a stolen child.  Her parents knew they paid for her, they just  never knew she was stolen.  They thought it was a privately arranged adoption.  This storyline brings new complexities to relationships on the YnR AND the BnB.

Regarding the BnB: The Logans would have to adjust to a brother they never knew, one who has the face of the brother who’s tragically taken his own life.

Katie’s trauma over having Storm’s heart starts up again – the guilt.  He took his life to save hers.  Bill is there to help her through it.  She won’t get too involved with her new ‘big brother’ because it’s too painful. She remains focused on her relationship with Dollar Bill.

Beth gets to be reunited with the son she never knew she had before the AD progresses.

Stephen swears to be a better father to (NuNotStorm) than he was to Storm.

Bridget, Brooke, and Donna have a hard time connecting to the new family member… they don’t believe it’s possible that he’s really Storm’s twin and decide to investigate him. They find out that he is a Logan, but they also find out a number of other things about him that put everyone at risk… but what ARE his secrets? (Let’s leave that one for the writers)

As for Donna, what happens if she ends up connecting with Marcus’ father because he knew Storm as a friend,  and understands even better than Eric why this is all so hard for her.  What if the doctor who delivered Storm delivered all of Beth’s children, and even Donna’s son Marcus?  Could NuNotStorm be connected to the Logan family in a way that even HE didn’t know about?… I think you see where I’m going!

C’mon BnB writers, go for broke!  You wouldn’t need to do another (critically panned) back-from-the-dead storyline that damages the integrity and reputation of your show.  Give us a little intrigue, a crossover with the YnR , and bring back one of the best things to happen to the BnB in quite a while.  As an aside, once LK’s stint at ATWT is over,   Felicia Forrester will need something to do… and getting to know the show’s new bad boy wouldn’t hurt!

BnB’s ‘Little Stevie: Her father’s daughter”

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.

The BnB Bailout Plan

Short on family? Missing a husband? Let Donna Logan lend you hers. Hell! Even when he’s already yours, she’ll lend him to you. Yes! Yes! We’re back to Donna ‘loaning’ Eric out for the holidays. I know you saw her lend him out just this last Christmas holiday season. but why deprive the writers from establishing their own holiday traditions? While they’re at it, why not throw in a scene of Donna and Eric stealing candy from babies? Keeping tradition in mind….make that candy a candy cane.

Despite the fact that the Forrester family is dealing with Phoebe’s death – Eric the honeybear is dealing with his zipper, which is always flying half mast. For Pity’s sake, everyone is still wearing their funeral attire and Eric is out the door to sex up his chippie. What a man.

As much as I despise Stephanie, I find this storyline completely and utterly distasteful. That Eric continues to be called human is an abuse of the word.

You just can’t make this stuff up!

Wait, I’m wrong… you CAN!  First, Stephanie catches the woman who soiled her marital bed (Donna), fooling around with another man (Owen) – in their shared husband’s (Eric’s) house.  Donna is cheating in the very bed that Donna and Eric soiled… Um, YEAH, now that’s just all about the soapy goodness, right there!

So how do the writers top themselves?  (Oh, I KNOW, you’re probably thinking, ‘you just can’t top that’… HA!  When the BnB is naughty, it’s very VERY naughty!  It’s when it’s bad that it sucks… right now?  The show is oh so naughty!)

Click HERE!  Eric wakes up out of his coma, and without anyone knowing wheels himself down the hall and it now HIS turn to catch Owen and Donna in a dirty clinch.  Sometimes… I think the soapgods DO love soapfans.  More, writers, I want MORE!

Only a cheat like Donna could think that telling Eric that it’s not what it thinks, and that she cried over him, could make a difference.  That chippie is even more obscene than I thought.  I don’t know whose misery makes me giggle more, Donna’s or Eric’s.  Both are cheaters and both ended up getting a bit of a smackdown… Karma can be a bitch, it’s not just a cliche…  I thought soap moments like that were long dead.  I guess not!

Equally delicious?  The Forrester sibs bouncing Donna out on her ear, giving Owen the heave ho, along with her.  I’m sorry, but what kind of fool is Owen, exactly?  When a man catches you laying lips on his new bride, the last thing you want to do or say as a ‘defense’ is that his children have been trying to do her in from the moment he went under into his coma… Gee, that explains why you’re in his house, trying to sex up his wife in every bedroom in his house.  Shame on you Owen… NOW!  End the Owen-Donna mess and bring on Owen and Bridget!

OH, and if the writers would only resolve the baby Jack issue and get that kid back to its biological mother… Taylor?  Bridget?  ANYONE but Brooke!  Anything that binds Nick and Brooke is a BAD thing… it kills off the audience and kills off the show’s ratings.

Caught up in the moment…

Caught up in the moment are… Guiding Light’s Reva and Jeffrey. 

Clearly the decision the couple has to make regarding the double-menopause baby Reva is carrying is a tough one.  They’re doing their best to put on brave faces but both Jeffrey and Reva are powerfully expressive in nonverbally communicating their pain.  Sadly, I wish I could care.  I don’t.  The absurdity of Reva going through menopause post cancer, after having ALREADY gone through early menopause, years ago, is a sure sign that the writers are working hard to shove this couple together, when fans have given up.  As GL’s ratings sink, the writers seem to have taken an even more combative tone with fans and the fans’ desire to see just a glimpse of the great show the Guiding Light use to be. GL brass has provided the biggest F-U to soap fans in daytime history, with one ‘creative’ decision after another. 

The creative decisions have led to favorite actors and characters dropping offscreen, favorite GL landmarks disappearing and being replaced with RL ‘sets’ that are shoddy in appearance and cold and impersonal, and to scripts that make sense to almost no one who’s watched the show for longer than the last two years.  The writers seem determined to end the show their way… even if that means ending the show sooner, rather than later.  If that’s the plan? BRILLIANT!  If not? Ruh roh…

Such a classic and soapy moment, as only the BnB does well (when the writers try)

Caught up in the moment are… Donna and Owen.  I may have it backwards, but I think that when you nearly bed a man TWICE, once in your husband’s bed, you don’t get to call your husband ‘the love of your life’ with meaningful conviction.  Under other circumstances, I’d have felt sorry for Donna for being set up by Ridge and Steph, but I don’t.  How interesting that all Ridge had to do is suggest that Donna take Owen off to Paris for a business meeting and she jumps at the chance.  Very smooth.

Stephanie forging Donna’s signature on release papers for Eric?  Shouldn’t THAT little move open up the next battle in the Forrester-Logan war over Eric’s southern brain?  So, Donna loses Eric and Stephanie gets him… Is this now the time for Brooke to make Stephanie miserable by bringing up the fact that Eric lost Brooke, years ago, because Stephanie forged his signature on a ‘good bye’ letter to her?  Nah… won’t happen and WHY?  Daytime writers don’t ‘do show’s history”. 

Oh well.

Just out of curiousity, how is it that Stephanie and Ridge expect to get away with keeping Eric at home and not having Donna know?  Does Marcus still visit Eric?  Wouldn’t he notice the guy wasn’t there?  Wouldn’t Steffy, in the tradition of BnB women, rat out her family to her new boyfriend?  I dunno.

Caught up in the moment…. Bridget/Nick/Katie.  BRAVO Ashley Jones.  Her Bridget is really hammering home how selfish and unbelievably clueless Nick is about his behavior.  There’s no point at which it makes sense to believe that consoling a dying woman by having sex with her, his specialty, is either normal or acceptable.  Only in Nick’s world does that make you a good and heroic man.  The absurdity of it is made clearer by Bridget’s absolute disgust that her husband’s actions seem excusable, in his mind, with the phrase: “Forgive me, we got caught up in the moment”.

It was a thing of beauty when Bridget told Nick that he probably thought they were at that point in their history where she’d tell him to go on, explore his passion for Katie, she’d sit home and wait… ZING!  She stepped aside for her mother.   Hopefully, she won’t just step aside for Katie, that’s not the point — she should be THROWING Nick, literally, at her aunt.  Let Katie sit home wondering who Captain Drops-Trou is out impregnating while she’s caring for their child.  Bridget hit the nail on the head, even if Nick thinks he loves her (and I don’t think he does), his actions make it clear that he doesn’t respect her… first her mother, then her former sister-in-law, now her aunt!

OH!  And only on the BnB does your aunt, who was also your husband’s lover, sit silently in the dark and pray that you’ll forgive her, and that you’ll love the child she created with your husband.  Correction, the BnB, and Jerry Springer, I’m sure.

Joined at the immoral hip

There’s self-serving, and then there’s the BnB’s Donna.  It takes gall to tell the man you’ve just cheated with that if your husband was awake from his coma, he’d be grateful that you were around to save her.  Sure, Eric would have thanked Owen for saving Donna from Pam’s attempted murder plot, but he’d have left it at that. He’d have never thanked Owen by taking him to bed.  He for SURE wouldn’t have thanked Owen for taking his wife to bed.

Everything about Eric and Donna’s relationship rang false from the beginning, but Donna’s actions with Owen, and comatose Eric’s reactions have only confirmed for me that the only connection they’ve ever had is the one they forged while naked.  Donna cried and prayed over Eric’s comatose body. His true wife (Stephanie) did as well.  His children did the same… NADA!  Donna falls into bed with another man and at that VERY moment Eric wakes up calling her name?  So very Eric.  He may not feel her pain, but he must have some sort of psychic connection with whatever gives her pleasure.  For those of you who named him ‘horny bear’ instead of ‘honey bear’.  You were dead on.

There’s self-serving, and then there’s GL’s Grady.  Set up your girlfriend’s ex, have him jailed, and then keep her close.  Why?  Because you ‘love’ her.  Well, that explains why he’s more willing to work as a prostitute than get a job.  Even worse?  He doesn’t think his new business venture involves his girlfriend.  Why should she have to know that he’s willing to sleeep with anyone who’ll pay the fee?  He did take her to dinner with the loot, after all.   Luckily, Olivia couldn’t go through with it.  Too bad, for her, that she was willing to pay him in the first place.  Anyone who’s ever read this blog or read a post I’ve written on any board knows that I’m no fan of Cassie’s.  I’m of the firm belief it would take a wooden stake and holy water to get rid of that character, and even THEN I’m not sure we’d be so lucky in getting rid of her.

So it means something when I say that Grady telling Cyrus to just sleep with Cassie and let that be it, as if she was nothing more than garbage, infuriated me.  If you kill a woman’s child, you might not want to treat her as if she’s not worth anything more than a good shag and then a good dumping.   Is it safe to say by extension, that given Grady’s actions, he doesn’t love or respect Daisy any more than he does Olivia, or Cassie?  Poor Daisy, foolish girl.  Now get off of my screen, PLEASE!

There’s self-serving and then there’s OLTL’s Blair and Todd.  What started out as an epic multilayer love story has me clutching my sides in pain and tearing out my hair.  Does anyone doubt that Blair is fooling herself into believing that she wants custody of Sam for the sake of loving him and caring about him?  Nothing gives Blair greater pleasure than sticking it to Todd. 

Nothing gives Todd greater pleasure than making everyone around him miserable.  Marty may not remember that Todd is the man who raised her.  She may not remember her own life as a therapist, but she knows enough to know that something is definitely wrong with Todd.  You can see it in her eyes.  She gets it, the guy isn’t stable.  Remember when Todd’s instability use to be fun?  Now?  It’s just creepy… emphasis on CREEPY.

Can I add to the ‘self-serving’ list the OLTL writers?  At this point, it’s CLEAR that far too many people know about Tess’ little secret for her plot to be successful.  Tess was never stupid in the past.  Is the audience to believe that Jess’ pregnancy is costing alter-Tess major IQ points?  Blair has seen her meeting with the electrician.  Nat, Tina, Jare, and now Bo all know about the guy, and that he’s been in the basement working behind a locked door.  Are we really to believe that if Jared comes up missing, no one will think to look downstairs?  At this point, not only has Tess become dumber, but I feel as though MY intelligence has been insulted as well.  I’d like to believe that the writers saved something special for this plot (hey, they pulled it out with the Mendorra storyline)… I’m just not that hopeful that lighting will strike twice – unless you’re Rex, Bo, and Gigi… and I just don’t want to talk about that time travel storyline again.

Oh well.  The writers started off strong with Tess’ return.  I only wish they’d found a way to stay that way.  Too much focus on the Starr-Cole fiasco, too much focus on time travel, and too little focus on Tess The Great.