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!

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BnB: The possibility of Bill and Quinn?

BnB QuillThere are about half a million things I would have expected to happen before seeing Bill and Quinn together.  Before believing this pairing was even possible?  I would have quit my job and bought a beach house in Malibu – all on the promise of soon purchasing my winning super lottery ticket.  My first thought, as a Quinn fan, is sheer revulsion!  Why?  Quinn, as written, could do so much better than Bill on her worst days… SO much better.  Bill is tainted by his callous disregard for other people.  He seems so  uncaring and one dimensional that it literally pains me to watch him onscreen -not figuratively, I mean literally.  Friends, like love, your soaps aren’t supposed to hurt!  He meets the very definition of the stereotypical powerful man who is unethical and filled avarice, to the point of being able to sell his mother (or child’s happiness) for a buck.

The more I thought about the possibility, the more I almost like it. (As you read that, I hope you put the emphasis on almost because I don’t trust anything to do with Bill Spencer, yet.)  Given the fact that Bill and Quinn have a tendency to go to dark places, for different reasons, of course, a lot of interesting things could happen on this show.

What would make the difference in a Quill pairing that we didn’t see with Katie or Brooke?  Quinn is written as a woman strong enough to tame that beast.  Quinn doesn’t back down. She is never fearful.  She is Bill’s alter ego, his very scarily tough and much  smarter alter ego. If Bill yells, Quinn is the woman who will yell right back and back him into a corner.   I do believe that there are lines Quinn won’t cross – which is how she differs from Bill.  Even though I fully expected her to know a goon she could call on a moment’s notice to give Liam a good beat down, leaving him naked and amnesic on a beach somewhere, I was surprised that her seemingly menacing phone call was only a call to Ally to have her put on her Saturday Night best and go out to meet Liam for dinner.  Quinn is a study in contradictions and I appreciate the fact that the writers keep giving her layers and, consequently, depth.

I have been living to see Bill bend to the will of a strong woman, rather than choosing women who won’t fight back.  Katie stood up to him more than anyone, but even she relented and accepted that Bill “is who he is”. Not.Good.Enough.  Brooke pretty much gave Bill anything he wanted.  He calls those things love and it reads, to me at least, as love of self and one’s on selfish needs.  I would like to know what the writers would do differently with Bill in the presence of a woman who has as strong a personality as his own.  I don’t want the writers to break his spirit, just his massive ego and his inability to have a real connection to anyone.   It’s been easy for me to not cheer on Bill on with anyone because all of his pairings have left the women he’s been with as bit players in their own lives (Steffy included).

BnB Rick Sneers at WyattWhat if he does get back together with Quinn and she decides she wants controlling interest in FC so that she and Wyatt not only have their jewelry line, but a secure place in FC?  (For Wyatt – to keep him close to Hope because there is no way she is going to stop manipulating that poor kid’s life)  What if Bill agrees to help her, but not for Wyatt’s sake?  He’s still angry at Brooke for not loving him as he’d hoped ignoring his own role in losing his family.  His attack on FC is directed at Brooke for breaking his heart, and at Ridge for being the man Brooke has always loved more than any other.

To the rescue?  Rick! I’ll be honest, when Rick stared Wyatt down and threatened to destroy him over the PR stunt, I had to change my clothes. I won’t tell you why, because I’ve already shared too much.  Let’s just say that I don’t want to meet reel life Rick Forrester in a heavily produced  perfectly dimmed dark alley way!  No ma’am, no sir, that’s not for me, but that scene helped me remember just how vicious a guy Rick can be, when pushed (and makes me recall Jacob Young’s seamlessly perfect portrayal of cutthroat scheming mogul, JR Chandler,  on All My Children).  Rick has fought back challenges from Ridge in the past, and most recently from Thorne and Thomas.  It’s time for Forrester Creations to take on a real challenger, another cutthroat like Bill, without resolving things on the runway.  Imagine the tensions and tests of loyalty between Caroline and Rick, Hope and Wyatt, Katie and Ridge, Katie and Karen, Brooke and Ridge, Ally and Wyatt, Thorne and His family (if Quinn and Bill promise him a permanent role as FC President), so many opttions!

Soapgods, if you’re listening, Rick Forrester is all grown up now.  He’s ready for the role of a man casting his own shadow instead of living in the shadow of his father and brothers.  If Bill makes a move on FC, let Rick make a move on whatever wealth Bill has, and any remaining stock he has in Spencer.  Give us Dallas in the daytime!  It’s time for Rick to leave FC for Ridge and Thorne to fight over — if Thorne ever comes back from Paris.  On a side note, does anyone think that Winsor Harmon (Thorne) might be away promoting the incredible looking Cathedral Canyon?

Ridge and Katie
I am torn between thinking that Liam completely shamed Katie into walking away or that he reminded Katie of who she really is at heart.   Well, break my heart, why don’t you? I, for one, don’t expect the Brooke-Ridge marriage to happen.  Sooner or later Ridge will remember his feelings for Katie.  Katie will never forget her feelings for Ridge.  If it does happen, I don’t expect them to cheat while Ridge and Brooke are together – and it would be disappointing if they did.  If they cheat, I’ll be the hypocrite I hate being and forgive them, but I hope they wait because I don’t see Ridge and Brooke being long term and I think the two have already built something that can wait and could last long term.  I would love for Ridge to walk away from a possible marriage to Brooke if his heart isn’t in it and go back to Katie.

BnB Tormented KarRi

Admittedly there is a part of me that wanted Katie to avoid the hand wringing and tears. Without thought of revenge her sister or care for another person a small part of me – the part that has a hard time delaying gratification, wants the writers to skip the long and slow romance and have Katie throw caution to the wind and (in my best Bill Spencer voice) make Ridge her bitch!  Sure, true love and all that, but Katie needs to just be swept up in something wild and uncontrollable and FUN!  Katie has been hurting for SO long that I want to see her happy, now!  She risked her life to have a child, she battled mental illness,  she lost her husband to her sister, she was betrayed by the husband she was willing to forgive. Reel life has not been kind to Katie the last several years.

So what am I saying here?  Did I just confuse you?  This storyline has caught me off guard and left me confused as well.  In short, I don’t want Katie at odds with Brooke. I would love for the sisters to reunite and be stronger than ever.  That aside, I will take Ridge and Katie in whatever form I get them, and I will ignore that selfish part of me that wants them fast, wants them now, and I am willing to watch the romance unfold, if it’s in the cards for them!  Maybe this time, Broke will step aside, and allow her sister to have the happiness that has been denied to her for so very long.

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BnB: Voted Most Likely To…

Two months into the new year and I am already thinking about how  the current #boldandbeautiful plots will end.  In the past, that statement would have been an expression of my exasperation and desperation to see this show move forward.  Currently?  I can’t wait to find out which couples survive, and which plots turn into something bigger, something scarier,  or even something more tender!  The Bold and the Beautiful is, hands down, the best in daytime right now.  I am completely obsessed with this show (and the Walking Dead – so make of that what you will)!

By the end of the year, I expect to see the BnB yearbook for 2014 to read as follows:

Voted: Most Likely to Become a Misogynist – Liam Spencer

I’m confused by Liam’s dismay at Katie’s attraction to Ridge.  Neither of them is tied to other people.  Katie’s separation is legal (although it’s not clear to me how she holds Spencer stock since the writers continue to tell us that she is still married to Bill and that the stock offer was supposed to be part of a divorce settlement – part of a future plot twist or just a loose tie?).  Liam not only seemed to cheer on his father’s happiness, but chastised his brother, Wyatt, for daring to be outraged that their father finally had the chance to raise a child, as he was never around to raise them, and that Bill threw that chance away and traded his infant son’s happiness, feelings of safety and well-being, for the sake of another woman.

Liam, more than any of the males on this show, has viewed women as the playthings of the men they are intended to serve.  He is surprisingly sexist for such a young man.  A woman who serves him or his father can do no wrong.  A woman who fails to serve him or his father is evil, bad, deserves shaming.  Both women can engage in the exact same behavior for the same reasons – and it wouldn’t matter to this guy.  Liam’s actions make me think of the conversation he and Bill had about how doing something “nice” blew up in his face and Bill’s immediate reaction was “What have I told you about that?”.  It speaks to the shape of Liam’s character that his father is anyone he should want to emulate or seek advice from.  Bill Spencer is an old school bully and misogynist.  Liam is learning from a master.

No surprise, I imagine Liam to also be voted Most Likely to Rebound – no explanation necessary.

Voted: Most Likely to Succeed – Quinn Fuller

Taylor was such an abject failure as a psychiatrist.  All of the big moments seemed to escape her, but not others.  I’ve often wondered why Quinn wasn’t cast as a psychiatrist with a jewelry making son!  The writing for Quinn is so much better and psychologically nuanced, at times.  Pam only figured out what Quinn was up to, once Charlie spilled the truth about Wyatt and the Hope Diamond, but before that?  She had Pam eating out of the palm of her hand.  I’m assuming it was the left hand, because she already had Eric eating out of her right hand.

Quinn knows how to keep Donna at bay without firing a shot (as Stephanie would have, and I mean that literally – that battle ax was out on the edge).

Quinn knows that Liam is only as faithful as his options (to borrow the old Chris Rock line), so she gave him another option.

Quinn knows that Ally has a raging crush on Liam  while everyone else still sees Ally as a fresh faced girl still trying to figure out how to physically make her way to the elevator leading to Eric’s office, from the mail room downstairs.  Quinn can see Ally’s ambitions at work and at play.

I can’t wait to see more  from Quinn, I think.

Voted: Most Likely to Break Your Heart – Katie Logan and Ridge Forrester

I just know that this one is going to be a toughie!  They are going to fight their passion to the bitter end.  They are going to be called hypocrites from the very people , Brooke and Bill, who self-servingly won’t realize that their actions  ( sleeping around behind Katie’s back while she believed herself to be a happily married woman who boldly turned back a dark time in her marriage) are not the same as Ridge and Katie’s.  KaRi is uncommitted to anyone but the children they are loving and raising.  KaRi are not making promises to others minutes before running off to meet for sleazy sex.

I hope the writers don’t take KaRi down BRill’s dark path.  They deserve better, and so does the audience.  I’m hoping that if there is heartbreak, it’s not that the couple has been trashed to try to make BRill less offensive.  The only thing the writers will be left with are two equally offensive pairings.  I’m hoping that if there is heartbreak, it’s because KaRi separates to avoid hurting others, and we watch them painstakingly work their way back to each other.

Voted: Most Likely to End Up On Pay=Per-View: Hope Logan and Quinn Fuller

Yeezus!  All things Kanye West, I can’t BREATHE with these two!  Many actors have commented that filming sex scenes are no fun because they are too technical (lighting, direction on movement, etc).  If Kim Matula (Hope) and Wyatt (Darin Brooks) aren’t enjoying their passionate scenes, I think they both deserve Emmys for those performances – now, please, no need to wait for a ceremony!

Am I alone in thinking that the employee absenteeism rate is close to zero (or even negative) on the days these two film their scenes?  Negative?  I’m guessing that crew members who aren’t scheduled for work show up on that day!  These two are taking their portmanteau: HOTT seriously!  Again, I’m starting to become a little embarrassed watching those scenes . It feels like I am  the dirty snoopy neighbor peering into the bedroom windows of the cute little couple next door.

Clothes on, standing up, HOTT is adorable and just make me smile.  Clothes off?  They make me blush.  I don’t know what’s coming with this lover from Wyatt’s past, but she has big shoes to fill if the writers are going to convince us that she has a snowball’s chance of breaking this couple up.  I have a feeling she’ll have to settle for a slightly WELL used Wyatt sibling.  Poor Ally.

Voted: Most Likely to Have a Professional License Revoked

In honor of Taylor’s brief return, l’m hoping that two things happen – the first being that she sees Katie and Ridge in action and just blows her unprofessional lid.  It should dawn on Taylor that her very public interference in Katie’s life, all to ruin Brooke, ultimately brought about the relationship between Katie and Ridge.  An affair that was kept under wraps became a public spectacle and utterly devastated Katie.  There is NO WAY Taylor did it for Katie’s sake, even knowing that Katie deserved the truth.  If it was for Katie’s sake, it wouldn’t have happened in front of everyone Katie loved, adding to her hurt and humiliation.  Taylor joined Brooke and Bill in destroying Katie and paved the way for Ridge to help her heal.  Symmetry!

As a result of publicly humiliating her client, in addition to sleeping with her clients (Ridge, Nick, attempt with Eric), trying to manipulate Liam into staying with Steffy, and betraying a host of other trusts- it’s time that the show’s writers and producers address Taylor’s lack of professionalism and stops pretending that the woman is anything other than the person she’s been (initially while hiding in the shadows): manipulative and MEAN!  If she hasn’t had to surrender her license, let’s hope she’s just decided to choose a new field to save others from her malevolent form of “help’

What are your 2014 BnB Yearbook picks?

The BnB: The two things I feared most?

BnB KaRi Smiling2

have happened:

The first?  I’m beginning to enjoy Katie and Ridge (KaRi).   There are seven kinds of wrong in this storyline, with another seven just waiting  in the wings to unleash fresh hell and I don’t care.  I guess it helps that “Ridge” feels like a different character – with Ronn Moss vacating the role and Thorsten Kaye taking over.  It probably also helps that  TK’s Ridge is so distant and disconnected from Brooke, that they may as well be strangers.

The KaRi shared moments are just as powerful as anything we’ve seen from any other couple.  In the case of Brooke and Bill , where lust and love are the same, KaRi’s moments are even more powerful!   Ridge in the park with Katie, as their sons (who are cousins) played together like siblings gave me warm fuzzies.  While going toe-to-toe, Ridge teases Katie that if she played soccer in high school then the only thing she played was the bench, because she was lousy at it.  Cute! Katie is smiling, and is genuinely happy — something we, the audience, haven’t seen since before Bill became obsessed with Steffy and put his wife through hell in pursuit of her. I’m officially a puddle of emotion!  Between Katie and Ridge and Hope and Wyatt, old school romance is making a comeback and it is the sexiest thing happening on this show in years!!

I am actually happy for Katie. She suffered so much being the only emotionally mature adult in her marriage.  I was exhausted listening to Katie explain the basic rules of civility and adulthood to her childlike husband.  For damned sure, as much as I knew I didn’t want Katie with Bill ever again, I was certain that I didn’t want Katie and Ridge together, either, until recently.   I’m now tuning in, in part, to see what comes next for KaRi.  I’m actually excited to wait for the small things, like KaRi brushing hands for the first time!  Every first time for them will be special, I hope.

The day-one Brooke and Ridge fan in me mourns the loss of the magic the couple once shared.  The newly formed KaRi fan is ready to move on, and can leave the past behind with no regrets (other than still missing Ronn Moss – how delicious it would have been to have RM and TK on screen together as Logan husbands).

Hope Walking AwayThe second “OH NO” moment?  I actually felt sorry for Liam, today.  Sorry enough to want him with Hope?  No,  but there was an ounce of sympathy for him (an ounce more than I realized I had).   I do wish soap characters were allowed to have more insight into the hell they put others through and how it eventually boomerangs back to them.  Poor Hope had been in Liam’s shoes so many times before.  She couldn’t understand how he could feel such a closeness with Steffy after everything she’d done to him, to them.

Wouldn’t it have been nice for Liam to realize how awful it was that he dismissed Hope’s fears and pain in the past?  Hope would tell him she’s hurting, he would tell her to get over it, it was all in her head.  If his cheap relationship with Steffy were the only issue, he might have had a chance, but Steffy was preceded by the faux pregnancy and continued sexual relationship with Amber,  add it together and you get the point.  All of his arrogance and mistreatment of Hope was now costing him his chance at happiness.  Not to be a vengeful viewer, but hey, I”m the type of woman who needs to hear him say it out loud and TO Hope: He threw Hope away and thought she would always be there to take him back.  He was wrong.

The  only moment approximating self-realization was Liam’s pure fear response when Caroline told him that Hope would forgive Wyatt, because he adored her and only her. The implication was that it was something Liam failed to do.  D’OH!  Scott Clifton was masterful in that moment.  Sadly, even then Liam was dismissive of Hope’s need to be loved, her desire to be cared for by a man who loved her with the same passion she’d shown him.  He couldn’t believe it was possible that Hope’s feelings for Wyatt were as deep as her feelings for him had once been.  She’d forgiven Liam a thousand times, but how could she forgive Wyatt even once?

The speculative future of the BnB

Do you think that Katie and Hope should get together and celebrate being free of the Spencer men who repeatedly devastated them because they preferred women who allowed them to be the arrogant jerks they were born to be?  I want to see both celebrating their new lives.

At this point, Bill and Liam are paying for their sexual and emotional betrayals so what’s next for them?  Bill?  Torn between Katie and Brooke?  I doubt Bill will want anyone else playing with his toys – especially Ridge.  The quadrangle is ON!  I will be sad for Brooke if she ends up with Bill, but as long as it leaves KaRi free to be together, I can fast forward Brooke and Bill and not mind adding minutes back to the clock each day!

I see one of three things coming for Himself, Liam Spencer:

BnB Quinn and Wyatt

— Liam moves on with Ali, eventually impregnates her (because it’s what he does as Bill’s clone) and Hope and Wyatt move on peacefully. Unless Ali is soon shedding her “Mary Sunshine” persona, I just don’t see this one happening.

— Quinn hires someone to hurt Liam or set him up for something he hasn’t done, and it gains him the sympathy vote from Hope and puts him back in play in Hope and Wyatt’s relationship.  Boooo! Hiss!  Will Quinn become Wyatt’s undoing?  Wyatt is genuine in his desire to be with Hope the right way.  Quinn has become as fixated on undoing Liam as she is on loving Wyatt.  That’s never good.

— The option that I think is most likely, given the fact that this is the BnB?  Quinn and Liam’s passionate disgust for one another is not completely wasted, it is transformed. Dropping the disgust,  the two begin a torrid affair, one that horrifies Wyatt and Hope, leaves Bill speechless but uncaring since he’ll be chasing Brooke and Katie-  and this pairing becomes one of daytime’s weirdest / hottest relationships. Quiam?  Linn?

Yeah.

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The BnB: Is it possible to fall in love with a single moment?

BnB_Wyatt Hope Liam HOTT peppersIf it’s possible to fall in love with a single moment, I’ve done it.  I thought I would lose my mind when Wyatt and Liam began arguing – I am raising far less aggressive (pre-teen) brothers who love a good argument, so watching the adult version gave me chills and sent me searching for aspirin. Typically, when I look at Wyatt, I see a man fighting for Hope’s love.  When I look at Liam, I see a man fighting not to avoid losing  to Wyatt.  Friday, I saw two men who despise each other so much that there was no room for Hope in either of their lives at that point in time.  She had been temporarily replaced by their intense dislike for one another – and it becomes increasingly disconcerting every time it happens.  That argument, however, was not the moment I loved – it was Hope (Kim Matula) and her perfect nonverbal reaction to the brothers’ angry dance.  Everything in her face expressed my own feelings at that moment – “What fresh hell is this?”  Leaving in Liam’s car, which was completely unexpected, and  forcing Wyatt and Liam to be alone on the long trip back to L.A was a brilliant touch.  As disappointed as I was that the trip was over, I loved that power move on Hope’s part.

Don’t believe the HYPE

The #HOTT trip taught me two things:

— If this show promises you a romantic getaway, lures you in with images of lush scenery and young love, hashtags its way into your consciousness – don’t believe it.  You may as well get more excited by the box of ice cream you left sitting on the kitchen counter, it will last longer!  No one has better hype men outside of rap than the BnB – just don’t believe the hype and you’ll be ok!  

— I’ve also learned that the writers are not done backing up the bus they hit Quinn with in the first place. She is [list on] immoral, crazy, calculating, untrustworthy, underhanded, a user, …[/list off]  In a matter of weeks she transitioned from respected jeweler  & strong single mom to sociopath on low simmer.  I guess I have to give up my Quinn-the-hero love and just be prepared to love-hate  her for the dysfunction she will bring to the show.  Note, that if her name was Steffy Forrester or Bill Spencer, trapping Liam in an elevator would have been a sign of determination, not psychiatry worthy scariness.

BnB Quinn and WyattWhat happens now?  I don’t see how Quinn (and Wyatt) can continue working for Forrester.  Her business practices have been exposed as shady.  Her character has been assassinated.  Wyatt has been treated as if he is one step away from his own straight jacket, and Liam’s constant warnings are designed to keep the audience on full alert that Wyatt and Quinn are not done pulling the wool over innocent Hope’s eyes.

I’m going to have to call BULL on this one, but keep in mind that I don’t get to write the show.  Liam is badly damaged after the repeated dalliances with Steffy, I get it, but this triangle can’t be evened out by destroying Wyatt to make Liam more viable. I would rather see Liam bottom out, emotionally, destroyed by his losses and bad choices.  He is plunged into a redemption storyline, one that begins to rebuild his character and reminds the audience why he was once a likable guy.  Raise Liam’s profile, rather than tank Wyatt’s.  If this trend continues, I cannot imagine fans tuning in for this triangle for much longer. If Quinn and Wyatt become the people Liam claims they are, then the storyline diminishes Hope as well  She will soon be seen as too foolish to know how to protect her heart (and fortune?) from this duo.

This storyline is quickly becoming a three-for-one take down:  Quinn, both romantic male leads, and the romantic heroine.

Penny Bill and his 99 Problems

I can’t say that I’ve fallen in love with it, but my second favorite moment was the big reveal about Ridge’s mysterious past.  Why?  It shows what a Neanderthal Bill Spencer is.  Only Bill could take an image of Ridge, obviously supporting a friend’s struggle for equality and turn that into a dark “dirty” secret being kept from Brooke.  Only Bill could believe that compassion for and friendship with another person is the same as a secret love affair that Ridge as too ashamed to mention.  THIS is the guy who successfully ran a major corporation with Justin standing at his side?  Well obviously Bill and Justin are secretly married and have their children together stashed away somewhere!  See how that works?  Oh Bill and Justin, why? WHY?  Pardon my Duke of Hazzard reference, here, but if brains were dynamite, between the two of them, they couldn’t blow the fuzz off of a peach!

BnB Bill iin BlackRight!  Bill is in love with Brooke  and was in hurry to let her  know that she was (in danger?) around Ridge.  Ridge isn’t who he seems to be.  It’s the LOVE, the LOVE Bill feels that made his foolish choice to run to Brooke with those pictures seem like a good idea.   I have to wonder if Bill’s love for Brooke isn’t lodged somewhere between his broken zipper and the reflection of himself he sees in her eyes when they stand close together.

I have to wonder if the writers are telling us that this action was not about love for Brooke but instead due to Bill’s hatred for Ridge – which confirms that Liam came by it honestly, as is said in my neck of the woods. Bill might have taken the time to at least track down more information to make sure those pictures told the story of a true love affair, if he weren’t hoping to be back in Brooke’s bed the moment she sat the pictures down and then dragged him home with her.

There HAS to be a scene of Ridge telling Bill off  his incredibly stupid and offensive “reveal”.  The man has an openly out sister, who is in a loving relationship, does he really believe that being in the presence of someone LGBT makes you LGBT?  We should avoid our LGBT brothers and sisters because one hug or hand on the shoulder could be easily mistaken for more?   I.Just.Can’t. with this guy!  Bill was a big joke, before.  He’s a COLOSSAL joke, now.

  • He alternated between insulting and then flirting with all three Logan women prior to marrying Katie (remember his heavy pursuit of Donna and the kisses?).
  • He destroyed his marriage to Katie and blew his family to pieces, by sleeping with her sister.
  • He has three children he’ll never raise from infancy because of his persistent lusting for other women.
  • Katie and Karen took control of Spencer without breaking a sweat.
  • 20-something Steffy tricked him out of controlling interests in FC, using his lust against him.  Double ICK that her family was ok with it.
  • Brooke duped him out of the paperwork giving him controlling interests in his own company – again, lust related.
  • He continued to lust after the two women who used his feelings for them to betray him, but the one woman who never used him gets dumped.
  • His plan to make Hope irrelevant in Liam’s life backfired – dashing his hopes to keep his mistress-in-waiting in the family.
  • Deacon bested him after he jailbreaks Deacon.
  • Quinn puts a smack down on Bill that left him shaking (deservedly so).
  • He’s the mastermind behind “Parisian Rainbow-gate”.
  • He continues chasing after Brooke who repeatedly rejects him and is telling him how much she’s in love with, and has always wanted to be with, Ridge.

Other than the fact that he buys his children requisite “I’m sorry I wasn’t around to raise you” multi-million dollar beach houses, I just don’t know what is supposed to be appealing about the guy.

BnB: The Bold and the Bare-chested!

BnB_Bill and Katie#boldandbeautiful.  I keep waiting for the magical moment when Bill Spencer is bowed and broken, dogged by the realization that his treatment of poor Katie was deplorable –  so much so that this new awakening crushes his spirit.  In my imagination, it’s the beginning of his redemption.  He learns that he is not infallible and that his abusive treatment of those around him, women in particular, can only be described as dehumanizing during his best behaved moments. Penny Bill begins cops to his 99 problems and learns how to be  a human, again – assuming he was ever human in the first place.  Before he can find someone to love, he is determined to learn how to become worthy of that love.

Are you laughing yet? You should be. Arrogant men don’t pay for their horrid actions on the BnB – they become pseudo heroes, so I am going to have to  find consolation where I can. The powers that be gave that to me today, in the form of a SHIRTLESS Bill Spencer!  It’s superficial, yes, and I feel no shame about developing a burning desire to wipe the man’s sweat away.  Don’t get any ideas, PTB, keeping him shirtless will only make the audience immune to that bangin’ body.  Don Diamont is a SEXY BEAST! Bill Spencer is a putz!

Even still, is it wrong that I want to set up picture-in-picture so that there is always an image of shirtless  DD. on screen?  It’s not like I don’t have other options, I just don’t think my family would appreciate images of a shirtless unfamiliar man being wallpapered on our breakfast room walls. Thank goodness I failed to hit the fast forward button on the Brooke and Bill scenes, as I typically do and will continue to do in the future.

Quinn/Rena and Wyatt/Darin

EUREKA!  I couldn’t figure out what was gnawing at me about the casting for Quinn (Rena Sofer) and Wyatt (Darin Brooks).  I’ve finally put my finger watching the Murder Mystery Club at work, today, busting Wyatt for his heinous crimes.  But Wyatt didn’t commit murder, you say?  We’ll get to that later.  Liam, Pam, and Charlie described a very different Wyatt and Quinn than the mother and son I thought I was watching.  Their descriptions of them were  so very different that as I started thinking about the duo and whether the actors were giving off clues that I was  foolishly missing.  While I’m grateful for it, I’ve never understood the casting choices for this pair.  Sofer looks much too young to be Wyatt’s mother and they are so different in their looks as family members (yeah, yeah, I get it, they’re not really related).  It’s just that casting for families is usually based on physical similarities in some way — Brooke and her children, for example.

Why these two actors, together?

Here goes:  Rena Sofer and Darin Brooks were cast, I think, because of one trait they share in common, both are capable of giving “great face”!  It is what makes them quite similar as mother and son.  With both actors, the same face that expresses warmth, love and care can also express the potential for bedevilment, anger, and some other undefinable quality with  a moment’s transition.  I still get chills when I think of Sofer’s Quinn drawing blood  from B.S. without so much as breaking a sweat.  It’s subtle, it’s amazing, and it means that both can play any type of character the writers want them to play.  I think that despite the dialogue and current plot, it’s that intangible quality that allows the audience to read into the characters whatever it is they see in them.  Both are capable of doing more with a facial expression and silence than most other actors (in any genre) are capable of doing with full Greek chorus standing behind them announcing each scene. True or not, I’m pretty convinced that Sofer can stop time with a single look!

BnB_Bill and DeaconThe vibe I get from Quinn and Wyatt is one of fierce determinism.  Without support from Bill, Quinn raised a son, built a business and kept moving through the hard times.   It’s a trait that she seems to have passed on to Wyatt and I hope the writers allow him to show his kinder, gentler “Quinn side” in fighting back and reclaiming his love – should this revelation break apart Hope and Wyatt.

Wyatt, Hope, Liam, Quinn, Charlie, Pam

Can someone explain to me what Wyatt has done that warrants the take down planned by Liam, Pam and Charlie?

  • Did he have a black market buyer set up for the Hope Diamond?  Was he planning to sell it and skip the country?
  • Were he and Quinn planning to crack that rock and turn it into a matching necklace, earring and headband set for Hope?
  • Are Wyatt and Quinn secretly funding their struggling drug cartel’s business expenses with chips they’ve been stealthily taking from the diamond?
  • No? None of that?

So what is this “scandal” about?  I could understand the concern that Wyatt didn’t clue Hope in on the publicity stunt, and I’m sure she would have stopped him, but the (lack of) drama surrounding this is almost making Liam and the group look petty.  It’s just not a scandal worthy of rocking a young couple’s burgeoning love and it’s a real waste of an opportunity to jump into Wyatt’s backstory – because surely there are more challenges waiting there.

As written, Liam is presenting the news as if he’s uncovered the six love children and five women left raising them, that Wyatt deserted up and down the coast.  Liam is breaking in on the camping trip as if he has photo evidence of Wyatt involved in  illicit affairs with Hope’s mother, sister, and aunts.  The heightened emotion around this storyline feels off base.  This is the evidence that Wyatt and Quinn are criminal masterminds and uber sociopaths?  Unless this is the beginning of finding out that every precious stone they’ve touched has come up missing, this is pretty much a dud of a storyline.  It becomes more comical than dramatic.  Liam, Charlie and Pam overplayed their hand, and I hope the results from the great reveal reflect that.

Pam? That poor woman tied Donna Logan to a chair at Big Bear cabin, covered her with honey, and set a bear loose on her.  She nearly killed Eric with poisoned lemon bars, and then continued to torment Donna like that woman stole money from her. Pam received treatment after nearly killing both Donna and Eric, but the constant attacks on Donna took place post treatment.  While I am glad that Pam was too smart to fall for Quinn’s attempt to buy her friendship, I am disappointed that her “second chances” speech was a lie.  The woman still serves lemon bars, for pity sake. She was healed, was forgiven, and moved on to a happy life, one she now shares with Charlie.

As for Liam, I want to like the guy.  I’m REALLY trying, but I shouldn’t have to try this hard.  Scott Clifton is a fabulous actor and I followed him from GH, to OLTL, and now the BnB.   There is something about Liam that Clifton can’t cure. It’s the writing for the character.  It’s hard to take Liam seriously, the man who repeatedly broke Hope’s heart to take up with his father’s discarded mistress-in-waiting.  Liam defends his ex-wife and father, who have done far worse than anything Wyatt or Quinn have ever considered doing.  Unless Deacon was brought to justice during a time when I wasn’t watching this show, there is a fugitive from the law still on the loose, thanks to Bill.  Maybe Liam, Pam and Charlie can track him down with their newly found super sleuthing skills and cart him back to wherever he belongs!

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The BnB is getting #HOTT! January 23rd.

The BnB PR team is working the twitterverse hard to sell #HOTT!  And you know what?  I’m right there with them.  Hashtag-HOTT is everything the powers that be have promised, and MORE! What I won’t miss is this:

Hope gave everything to Liam.  She gave her full love, faith, fidelity, and virginity.  What she received in return was being publicly shamed for not understanding the adult world (the adult SEXUAL world).  Liam walked the line between fully unfaithful and being a titillating tease with Steffy.  Bill felt that virginal Hope was too weak, too small-minded, too useless to meet the sexual appetites of his offspring (if Brooke were real and a friend of mine, I would tell her to beware, apparently women are only worth the sexual favors they can perform for Spencer men.  I would also shake her for being attracted to a man who treated her daughter that way).  Steffy chided Hope as being naive about giving a man what he needed to be happy.

The unholy triumvirate of Bill, Liam, and Steffy convinced Hope that she didn’t understand the grown up games of touching, flirting, kissing and teasing.  Her  silly little  girl’s perspective on life made her unstable.  She spoke when she should have simply  smiled the stepford smile and been thankful that Liam was willing to marry her and walk her into her adult life.  She was supposed to know that making a man happy was beyond her control, just yet – but watching Steffy would show her the way. All of this, for  Liam, the man who ran from a broken relationship with Hope to almost immediately bedding Steffy – you know, because her mother, who had no agenda at all, told him it was time he moved on before he lost out on life and finding the love around him:

Poor Hope, she could never understand such things.  Translation?  Love, care, kindness, soul stirring passion were not enough,  and they never would be… until along came Wyatt.

I can honestly say that today’s episode  was the first time I smiled and enjoyed the show from beginning to end – primarily because I hit fast forward on anything that wasn’t Wyatt and Hope (#HOTT).  Hope, for the first time in a long time laughed, she did it without looking over her shoulder, or out of the corner of her eyes for the shadow that was always hovering around her.  She smiled, without a hit of irony or using her smile as a means of putting on a brave face.  She embraced a man without checking for the scent of another woman,  or hairs there weren’t his.  She looked into his eyes and didn’t see the reflection of someone else.

When Wyatt looks at Hope, he sees HOPE, he loves HOPE, his desire is for HOPE.  Not having sex with Hope doesn’t make her a child in his eyes.  Not having sex with her doesn’t make other women more desirable to him.  He has a passion for Hope that I find to be kind, gentle and refreshing.

Liam’s evidence of a gentle soul is the fact that he’s a vegetarian.  Oh Liam, you’re kind to animals.  You’re just a shit heel, like your father, when it comes to women!   Liam began helping Steffy hurt Hope with the sabotaged “Ho-e For the Future” sign and never seemed to be able to kick the habit.

As written, Liam seems to think that a man who loves only one woman is stalkerish, crazy, maladjusted, agenda driven, psychotic, etc, etc, etc.  Note that he didn’t think that Steffy’s relentless pursuit was stalkerish.  It was endearing and undeniable evidence of  her great love and devotion to him.  His father was willing to destroy a family with young children  to set loose a dangerous body mutilating thug like Deacon- paying him to manipulate Hope’s love for him and keep her from her wedding to Liam.  Bill’s pseudo-incestuous lust for Steffy, his desire to make Liam his proxy bed partner for Steffy – left Hope lost in the process.  Quinn, on the other hand, just wants Wyatt happy and wants Liam to back off.  That makes her dangerous.  See how that works?  Unless the writers have some crazy plan to give us this beautiful couple, hashtag the hell out of them when they’re onscreen, and then destroy them to make Liam a hero, I feel pretty confident in saying, SUCK IT, LIAM!  Writers, you have triangles, quadrangles, and any number of relationship permutations.

SO

Hashtag – Thank You

Hashtag – Writers

Hashtag – Leave #HOTT Alone

Hashtag – Don’t Blow IT!

#lovingHOTT,  I choose THIS:

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