What has happened to controversy in daytime?

I began thinking, about whether there are any truly unique storylines in daytime.  Every storyline billed as “Never Before Done” has been a bitter disappointment. They were either storylines in which writers ripped off their own work – playing out earlier told storylines with different characters,  storylines that truly were unique but never have been attempted (all of #Passions, or #GL’s Clone Reva), or storylines that offered some other thinly veiled variation on a theme.

The only storyline I could think of that is unique (and not one that I’m applauding) is the storyline involving the #boldandbeautiful’s Brooke.  She has had affairs with two sons-in-law and a brother-in-law, having children with all three men: with Son-in-law Nick there was a child inadvertently carried by Taylor Hayes – who was married to Nick and accidentally artificially inseminated using Brooke’s egg; an egg that was supposed to be donated to science.  The son-in-law Deacon affair produced Hope Logan, while Deacon was still married to Brooke’s rarely mentioned daughter, Bridget.  The affair with brother-in-law ¢Bill Spencer – who was married to her sister, Katie, resulted in a pregnancy that ended in a miscarriage.   The writers appear to be gearing up for a storyline in which Brooke’s former son-in-law, Deacon Sharpe, finds himself competing against her former brother-in-law, ¢Bill Spencer, for her affections. The only truly original plot in daytime  is also one of its seediest… pun intended.

I prefer to think of it as the lust triangle from soap hell. Thanks to the ever wonderful Katie Logan (portrayed by Heather Tom) and Ridge Forrester (now played by Thorsten Kaye) working together to expose  the perennially sleazy ¢Bill Spencer for the lying fraud he is, I realize how much I miss REAL controversy in daytime.   Whatever happened to the days when scandalous storylines weren’t always about sexual impropriety?  I’ve had enough of #BoldandBeautiful’s Brooke and her various in-law affairs.  I was never able to tolerate #Days Sami cheating with Ej – the man the writers admitted was her rapist.  Their relationship is a sadly outmoded “victim-perp” romance and #Days writers should have none better.   As brilliant as #GH’s Maura West is in the role of Ava, I am exhausted by storylines about women who are unsure of the paternity of  their children, most especially when those men are related.  I have had it with men like #GH’s Sonny, or now defunct #SunsetBeach’s Cole who have slept with and/or impregnated mothers and daughters, as well as half the town around them.

Do you know what kinds of controversial and awe producing storylines I miss?

  • Realistic and useful return from dead plots – #AllMyChildren’s Nina Cortlandt was led to believe her mother  died in childbirth.  Yet, years later, Daisy Cortlandt shows up, reclaims her family, and becomes a pillar of the community despite her reportedly scandalous past.  What a joy it was to watch Daisy operate in stealth mode, trying to figure out if she was friend or foe, as she reconnected with Nina while avoiding the watchful Sauronesque angry eye of Palmer Cortlandt, Nina’s father.
  • Shady corporate take overs were some of my favorites (and not those that are resolved with fashion show takedowns, #BoldandBeautiful).  Remember when Lucinda welcomed Connor and Evan into the fold, not knowing who they really were, at first, and having no clue that they were back to reclaim the Walsh family fortune?  HA!  What about Lucy “helping” Barbara Ryan by buying the “Simply Barbara” clothing line, to have money for Paul as Babs went on trial for the murder (HA!) of James Stenbeck?  Barbara is cleared, later, and has to start a new fashion label when her “friend” Lucinda refuses to sell back the company.  No annual competing fashion shows.
  • Remember #AnotherWorld’s Mac Cory fighting for his corporate life, only to find out that the mastermind behind the attempted takeover of his empire was his own daughter, Iris?  Heartbreak as it was the end of her relationship with her father.  Mac Cory, due to Douglass Watson’s death, was soon gone on screen as well.

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  • If you’ve forgotten that #AsTheWorldTurns’ Kim Hughes was once terrorized by an unknown stalker, how can you call yourself a soap fan?  The greatest twist ever?  The stalker was seemingly innocent, highly successful and beloved  Douglas Cummings, fiance of her stepdaughter, Frannie Hughes.  Even now, when I hear “Someone to Watch Over Me”, a part of me begins thinking about this storyline.
  • #GuidingLight’s Sonni/Solita/Sonni storyline.  Sonni Carrera, a brilliant psychiatrist meets and falls in love with Josh Lewis (and who didn’t fall for Josh?).  Sadly, it was a ruse.  She and lover Will Jeffries were plotting to steal the Lewis fortune.  The twist?  Sonni was not Sonni, but her “evil”, wild child twin sister, Solita.   Solita was Will’s mistress and muse.  Solita had long been buried when Solita stole her identity.  Double twist?  Solita wasn’t Solita after all. She was the real Sonni Carrera, who had a psychotic break after her sister’s death and created a Solita persona.  I could have died for soap joy.

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Guiding Light writers were chock full of twist heavy, jaw dropping, edge of your seat storylines – ones that weren’t purely about sexual scandal: — Annie, in her desperation to hang on to husband Josh Lewis, carried a dead fetus, until she could set Reva Shayne Lewis up for pushing her down the stairs “killing” their baby. — Beth revealing she had been the victim of sexual abuse by Bradley Raines and her fight to become strong enough to turn him in and reclaim her sense of safety. You’re beginning to get my point, right?  Someone (or a group of people) in daytime have decided that not only does “sex sells” but that sexual impropriety is all daytime has to offer, any more. I want more.  I want those cleverly drawn, nearly impossible to think of on you own, scandals that daytime once offered.  I want family betrayals that take place with clothes on, both feet on the floor – no bumping uglies, folks. I want to look at new characters and wonder if they are friend or foe, and if my fave characters have something to worry about. I want daytime writers to give me romance and intrigue, and stop making sex feel like a weapon. I miss daytime for what it was.  I’m not willing to accept it for the limited thing is has become.

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

BnB: What a woman wants, what a woman needs

BnB BBlogo2There is a reason I didn’t stop watching soaps after the 1970s.  That reason is that I expected my soaps, along with my life, to change and reflect my reality (to some degree. I can suspend disbelief on the rest of it).  I expected my soaps to show women who were more empowered, whose lives reflected the mass movement into the workforce, a move in which women became doctors, not just nurses, one where women became police officers, not just crossing guards and “meter maids”, one where courtroom sharks ripped competitors new wounds in the boardroom and ripped criminals new wounds in the courtroom and they did it in heels and with attitude.  By and large, that’s pretty much what happened.

I told you that to say this: I don’t hate Brooke Logan, the Golden One.  Anyone who has read this blog for some time knows that Brooke has always been a flawed but lovable character, in my book.  I’m just tired of what’s going on with her.  I can only suspend disbelief to the point that it doesn’t break my connection with reality – and cheering her on in this farce breaks my connection with reality.  Soaps can be fun, over-the-top camp, and can stretch credulity to the point of hilarity.  What soaps can’t do is ask me to set aside my core character to cheer on behavior that is so absurd or offensive that it makes me question my own reasons for having chosen daytime as my primary form of entertainment — although, seriously, Netflix is killing me. I may have to give it or daytime up, soon.  I’m torn between these two lovers.

Posted below are the things I hope the Bold and The Beautiful writers will convey soon.  Yes, the same writers who have fired on all cylinders with Hope and Wyatt (#HOTT) , who are pitch perfect with Katie and Ridge (#KaRi) and who almost make me believe that Bill can be tamed by Quinn (#QUILL).  Quinn may be the only woman who can get Bill to wear his pants on his hips instead of wearing them as he usually does – at his ankles, chasing whatever will let him catch it:

BnB Brooke and Katie1- Women don’t want to be perceived as “nags” and “bitter” for expecting their husbands to be men and put their families before their penchant for cheating (cheating death in daredevil events or cheating with women who are all too willing).

It’s so utterly ridiculous to hear the excuse that Katie knew who Bill was when she married him.  It’s also misogynistic.

Here’s a tip:  Bill also knew who Katie was when he married her, too.  Why is it her obligation to accept his cheating, drinking and driving, and other Peter Pan behavior?  Why is he not obligated to be a better man for his wife and child?  Why does he owe Katie nothing, especially after the risk to her health over his near affair with Steffy and giving birth to his child?  Why is she nothing more to him than the mother he never had?  The only women who would accept the garbage Bill spews are women without self-esteem.  Katie should not be punished for having dignity and strength and the courage of her convictions.

2 – It is NOT ok for a mistress to send an unwilling husband home to his wife.  It is even LESS ok for her to take him back.  Why should Katie thank her sister for trying to send Bill home?  Brooke has already done this with Deacon and Bridget and again with Nick and Bridget.  Look at how well that turned out!  Bill acts as if he’s the first child being told he has to leave a party.  He goes, but he pouts, cries about having to leave, and treats home like a busted old tent in someone else’s backyard.

How could Katie not want a piece of that, amIright?  That’s right, right? BULL.  She should be rejecting his sorry skin every time he comes to her.  Is she bitter?  Yes.  Should she be bitter? Yes, but not about losing PennyBill.  That was a gift from the gods.  She should be mad for allowing herself to be tied to that loser in the first place.  That aging lothario, groomed to within an inch of his bullying controlling ways, SHOULD be someone else’s problem.  Katie should re-examine what made her attracted to him, swear not to do it again, and choose the bright future ahead of her.

3 – All adults should know that they have passed the stage of egocentrism in early childhood.  Egocentrism is not being able to take another person’s perspective.  It’s not cute to watch Brooke bug Katie about her wedding or to ask Katie to be a part of her happiness. You don’t get to bed your sister’s husband, carry her husband’s child, tell the world that despite the pain you’ve caused her that you’re going to live with and marry that man.  You certainly don’t expect your sister to be happy for you, and for herself, when you dump her husband for the man you REALLY wanted.  Love and weddings brings families together and heals wounds?  Shouldn’t Katie’s wedding have done that too?  Shouldn’t it have made the sisters so close that a betrayal of that magnitude was unthinkable?  As sick as I am of Brooke apologizing, I’m even more sick of her solution to making things right include having Katie watch HER be happy.

BnB PreWedding PlanningIt’s shallow and beneath everyone involved in this storyline. Asking Katie to join her on her wedding day should have been accompanied with a speech that said, “I’ve blown your world to hell but I’ll help you by letting you sit back and see what it’s like to be in a happy marriage” (based on Brooke’s belief that her life with Ridge will be a good one, not necessarily based on the past).  It makes Brooke look as if she is incapable of caring for anyone other than herself.   In 70s pop self-help speak, it’s akin to saying, “If I’m ok, the world is ok, including you”.  Smarter and more compassionate people know better.  The writers should know that WE know better.  It was not a good step in repairing her relationship with her sister, if that’s what Brooke really wants.

At some point, I want self-realization from Brooke that she wants Bill back with Katie because it will ease her guilt, not because it would make her sister happy, or her sister’s life better in any real way.  That would be a good first step.  When has Brooke ever wanted a man who had to be forced to be with her?  Wasn’t that her rant against Taylor?  Taylor’s desire for a man was so strong that she didn’t care if he (Ridge) wanted to be with her or not – Taylor was willing to take Ridge any way she could have him and it never mattered to her what the circumstances and manipulations were. If it made Taylor a loser, why would Brooke want that for Katie?

Next step?  Brooke burns those papers with Katie present.  She has already allowed Katie to believe that she has destroyed them but her conversation with PennyBill makes it seem likely she’s holding on to them. Why?  In case she decides to betray her sister, again?  What earthly reason would Brooke have for not destroying those papers?  Holding on to them makes Brooke’s motives and claims of love for her sister a little suspect.  The speech that needs to go along with the paper burning session is that Brooke openly states, without pointing a finger at Katie, that she knows that she’s altered the fate of Katie’s life and that of Will’s with her actions – helping Bill destroy their family.  She won’t let anyone else destroy Katie and any happiness she is building toward in the future.

Last, Brooke needs to be ALONE for a fair amount of time.  She needs to grow up and figure out what she wants to be other than some man’s significant other.  What I want is for Brooke to become the matriarch that Stephanie never could have become because Stephanie was too filled with rage and hatred to be a true matriarch.  I want Brooke to be vibrant, in love the RIGHT way – one day in the future, and to be worthy of having her own picture posted above a mantel – without it being a joke.  Katherine Kelly Lang’s Brooke has been the emotional center of this show for so long that it pains me to see Brooke lose her way.  KKL has salvaged Brooke’s before, pulled her from the brink.  I have little hope she is able to do it, again.  I don’t need my soap characters to be perfectly moral, but there is a bright line they shouldn’t cross, if the writers’ intent is to get us to root for them and see them as heroines and heroes and not villains.

BnB Hott1This show is so pitch perfect in other ways.  #HOTT brings the young passion, #KaRi brings the promise of new love,  Eric, Hope, and Rick are moving toward creating a strong future for Forrester Creations, – so it is hard for me to understand the conflict including Brooke and Bill.  They are, as far as I’m concerned, the show’s achilles’ heel.  #Brill brings lust and vanity masquerading as love and nothing more.  The longer the audience is wrapped in this pathetic past, and the longer Katie is dragged down by it, the greater the potential for the pitch perfect nature of this show to become pitch black – as in audience done, tuned out, ratings dropped.

Please, put a 2014 spin on this show, let us just move forward!

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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?

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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:

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— 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: Why the Bold (and daytime) needs Hope and Wyatt

BnB Hott2Before the deluge of smack down emails begin, just let me tell you what the title of this blog entry is NOT suggesting:   I am not suggesting that Hope and Wyatt will save daytime, the BnB, Kittens stuck in trees, shoes tossed carelessly over electrical wires or the sun from burning out in another 6 billion years.

There. Done. Said it.

Then why is HOTT so important?  Here goes.  This couple adds balance and daytime, in general, has lost the art of telling a balanced story.  In a panicked and desperate ploy to win new fans, soaps became wilder than necessary and sadly disjointed: multiple returns from the dead in new faces and old faces, supernatural storylines, unaborted children, crossovers that didn’t work, dumping damn near a full cast to replace them with characters long term fans didn’t know or care about.

In that manic phase, more soaps were lost.   The shows no longer with us were those, in my opinion, that strayed too far from the long term soap audience. They were unrecognizable.  Of those that have survived, only the Bold and the Beautiful seems to have decided to build a new supercouple from the ground up.  It’s not that fans really want something new.  Fans seem to want what they once had,  just told  in a new way.  I see that in Hope and Wyatt.

Balance: Hope and Wyatt start with a clean slate

Unlike Hope and Liam, Hope and Wyatt have no notable old lovers, broken hearts, or hurt feelings based on infidelity (or near infidelity) to rip them apart.  In a prior blog I wrote and stand by the statement that:

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.

With all of the meet-cute and play-cute scenes they’ve pulled off, who knew that they could also pull off a smoking #HOTT love scene? I don’t know about you, but I blushed a little.  It was nice watching that scene, knowing that the moment we witnessed was about Hope and Wyatt, and no on else. This couple will have other challenges – the Hope Diamond issue, for example, for now at least.

Balance: Hope and Wyatt don’t have to hurt each other or betray others to be together

It’s nice to have a couple that doesn’t have to sneak around, or worry about facing the partner they’re betraying just to be together. Unlike Liam, Hope broke things off, first, before moving on.  As much as I despise Brooke and Bill together, what made them an even worse (er, sleazier) choice of couple is that they had to  hide out at home to avoid the negative press. Hope and Wyatt remind me of the old Brooke and Ridge, who stood in front of cameras together and were celebrated for the love they shared.

This relationship is a step up for Hope, who felt she had to sacrifice her principles (and virginity) to keep Liam interested in her.  Hope had publicly proclaimed her desire to maintain her virginity until marriage.  Rather than applaud it and support her, she was taunted by Steffy, dismissed by Bill, and treated as if she offered Liam nothing but regret and frustration. No hiding in the shadows for Hope and Wyatt.

Sex is the icing on the cake.  The cake is the friendship they established before sex.  Wyatt, as written, loved her without ever touching her.   I may sound like my own grandmother (God love her) but how often are daytime shows giving us romance with clothes on these days?

Balance:  Long chases, Longer embraces

As Katie and Brooke battle it out regarding Brooke’s ability to easily fall in and out of love, watching Wyatt and Hope, I realize how much I have missed the chase in a romantic storyline.  If feels as if Wyatt and Hope have known each other forever, and that the relationship between them has grown organically.

I have missed the passion that grows and grows until the time is right for BOTH partners.

I have missed the definition of romance that has nothing to do with what a woman gives, what she wears, what tricks she’ll perform (Steffy) to make a man happy.

I have missed the definition of romance in daytime that includes allowing both partners to be accomplished and have an equal voice, not a romance that feeds the ego of her partner and requires her to excuse his actions, even if those actions include him inflicting immeasurable pain on those she loves (Brooke and Bill).

I have missed the definition of romance that allows the female romantic lead to just be a happy person. She embraces her life and is not a femme fatale on a mission to destroy the woman involved with the man she’s obsessed with (Caroline and Rick!  Sorry, but I have yet to let go of the comments Caroline made to Maya.  I was never a Rick-Maya fan, but Caroline hit below the belt, raised it and hit some more).

I didn’t know just how much I missed those things until HOTT came along.  I don’t think it’s true that a happy couple is a boring one.  Good writers make happy couples interesting in ways that have nothing to do with infidelity.  Given the course of this  couple has taken, starting out, I hope they’re among that group of supercouples who bring love and adventure to a show. I hope the writers will leave the circus worthy romances to the rest of BnB’s partner swappers!

What about you?

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Pork chop side burns and the Bold and the Beautiful

Damn!  I was FREE!  I was completely FREE of daytime… and then came Hope and Wyatt.  Now I’m back and bummed.  I started watching the BnB again (as well as other daytime) and I haven’t  been able to free myself.  To be clear, I give the BnB this much credit: at least enough of the show is silly enough that there are days when I can fast forward a good deal of it and watch the entire show in under 1o minutes!  I also thank DAYS for being largely unwatchable!

The Good

Wyatt and Hope (shhhhh… no responses, please.  I love them and refuse to hear a negative word about them).   When Wyatt isn’t begging, but simply connecting with Hope?  Good stuff!  Is there no place in Paris for Liam?  Really?

Quinn.  If the writers turn her into the new Sheila/Stephanie, they’ve missed the point and have thrown away one of the best characters to come around in a long time.   Quinn is a self-made woman.  She is fearless, and she doesn’t cower when the men speak – I give Rena Sofer credit for making Quinn a stronger woman than the writers intended to write.  Excuse me, but what the HELL, writers?  We need strong women in daytime.  Stop equating strong (if you’re female) with bat crap out of your mind.  I would rather find out that Quinn’s secret is that she has a document pennyBill wrote, on a napkin, when they were young, promising her half his wealth when he finally made it on his own.  To be sure, it was something he wrote as a joke, or to seduce her into believing he saw her as a life partner.  Maybe he thought he’d collected it when he knocked her up and then told her to abort his kid.  Sorry if that seems indelicate on my part, it’s indelicate on the part of the character and the writers treat it as a mere past act rather than an act connected to his current character flaws.

It would be too late for her to grab Spencer Publications, but she would surely have claim to much of his current bank account.  If she  had his half of his current holdings/income (including shares in FC) and her current success, she would be a force to be reckoned with – but no… she’s crazy, and overly involved in the love life of her adult son.

Too bad.

Katie and Ridge.  Thorsten Kaye is one of the greatest miscasts in daytime history (gorgeous accent, it’s just out of place for a man born and raised in So. Cal.). While I am repulsed at the idea of sister swapping with recent lovers, there is an undeniable chemistry between HThom’s Katie and TK’s NuRidge.  It’s a more powerful chemistry than should be.  It appears, to me at least, that the writers are investing in making the celebrated Heather Thom the show’s new leading lady.  Katie’s dialogue is so crisp and heroic that I feel that I’ve been temporarily transported to a different show.  She’s strong, she’s smart, and she sees through both Bill and her sister.  Katie’s words speak to women who are tired of seeing men treat women like garbage and then swagger their way through life.   Her words are the words of women who feel empowered and whose emotional lives aren’t centered around being a fantasy for a man with small dreams.

Right now, despite often enjoying Wyatt and Hope, only Katie gives me hope that the show’s writers may one day learn to write for different kinds of women and characters.   My only fear is that once they’ve allowed her to be strong, they’ll take her the Quinn route.

If Katie and Ridge are to be together, it can’t be about Bill, Brooke, or past betrayals that will drive Katie insane.  It has to be about two those two people.

The Bad

Brooke.  Yes, it breaks my heart, but my once beloved Brooke leads “the bad”.    I must have been watching one day while cleaning and as I was cleaning, I must have hit my head and lost consciousness.  Did Brooke chide Katie for having pride and not taking Bill off her hands (he’s in the way of her achieving her dreams of a happy ending with NuRidge, dontcha’ know)?  Did she tell Katie to accept Bill back in her life and let him make her happy?  You mean, as happy as she was when he impregnated her sister behind her back? (see: repeated character flaws of Bill Spencer Jr!)  As happy as he made her the last time she put her pride aside and let him into her life?  When she did that he bedded her and the next morning ran back to Brooke with paperwork stealing everything Katie cared for.  That’s what Brooke wants for her sister, to have to wake up every morning wondering if that was the morning Bill was back in her sister’s bed?

It’s time for the writers to stop ignoring the deep, unfilled, void left  with Susan Flannery’s retirement.  To do so is a sign that their vision for the future is short-sighted.  Brooke doesn’t have to be angry, crazy, criminally violent and just plain evil, but she can be a healing force in her family rather than the person who continues to tear it apart.  While I would love for KKL’s Brooke to fill void, it doesn’t look like that will be the case.  If HTom’s Katie is set free of Brooke and Bill, it would seem to me that she’s it, she’s the  new martriarch/leading lady.  She will be the new heart of the Logan family – she will be the person who brings them all together.

Storm gave his heart to save Katie.  Brooke couldn’t give up a night in the arms of a walking outdated stereotype.  The writers don’t seem to be interested in Brooke beyond the ability to use her to write destructive sexual entanglements.  Three decades and this is all they have to offer the show’s fans?  Shame, shame BnB writers!

The Ugly

I don’t find men who think a woman should be used in bed to be particularly hero worthy. If Bill truly loved Brooke, you would think he that he was grateful that Ridge wasn’t rushing into bed with Brooke.  WHY would he taunt Ridge about NOT having sex with Brooke? Does he want to go to Brooke’s house one day and see a rumpled bed? Brooke is just for sexing under any circumstances? Brooke has been telling anyone who will listen that Ridge is her happy ending in life, what does that make Bill?

Bill seems to be incapable of real emotion. The writers are too stuck on some 70s version of a tough guy – it’s just old, silly, contrived and the opposite of tough – as far as I’m concerned.  I’ll admit it, I get the giggles when Bill is on screen.  Is he supposed to be funny? His scenes seem to be consistently about making empty threats to anyone who is too dumb to listen.   Bill is a pair of pork chop sideburns away from completing the cosmic joke the writers have turned him into.  PLEASE, PLEASE let Bill start twirling his mustache every time he makes a threat. That would make his scenes even funnier.

The last Ridge-Bill interaction taught me one thing. Ridge’s connection is about emotions and sex with Brooke is based on their emotional connection. Bill’s is about his floppy Bill and any open and available opportunity.  When I’m not laughing at Bill, I’m actually feeling a little queasy.

Is it just me or does anyone else think that the writers have made Bill an even bigger idiot when he’s in lust?  How the hell can I buy him as a successful mogul when his former thrill thing, Steffy, was able to cheat him into selling FC back to her family and then Brooke was able to swap papers giving him control of everything he ever wanted?  Bill clearly thinks with his zipper.

BnB: The measure of a woman. The mismeasure of a girl.

Done, Finito, KAPUT!  I’m done trying to find a reason to like the BnB’s Steffy Forrester, DONE!  I usually love bad girls/bad boys in daytime;  although I almost always root against them.  I enjoy watching them unleash fresh hell on others, and later themselves as their plans backfire.  It’s the best of both worlds.  Truly great bad girl/guy characters feed your light and dark sides.  Most daytime writers have a tried and true formula and “get” what makes bad girl/boy characters so much fun.  They’re equal parts exhilaration and exasperation and just when you think you can’t love-to- hate them any more than you already do, the writers pull a twist.  The character you thought you knew, the character whose all-knowing smirks drove you to the brink of distraction suddenly has a vulnerable side.   You find yourself almostliking them!  When daytime writers want you to fall for a character, they know what it takes to make you fall hard:

  • AMC’s writers pulled the ’empathy card’ on Janet-from-another-planet Green when they revealed that she wasn’t simply pathologically jealous of her beautiful sister, Natalie Marlowe, but that she’d been the target of unrelenting taunting and teasing, merciless emotional abuse, all without remorse by a mother who felt justified in the emotional torture of her daughter.  Natalie was her blessing, Janet was her curse. Wilma Marlowe couldn’t wait to remind Janet, every day of her life, that she was the daughter she would have done without and when given the choice, that choice would always be the beloved Natalie.  Janet’s hope was to, just once, be chosen first.  The desire to be someone’s first choice – even Trevor Dillon’s, drove much of Janet’s continued march toward madness. 
  • ATWT’s  writers pulled the ’empathy card’ with Emily Stewart, who spent years dealing with her mother Susan’s substance abuse and emotional distancing.  Emily’s victimization at her mother’s hands turned into a worldview in which she was always the victim of the those around her – even as she drew first blood.  By soapgod, she was going to make the world PAY!    ATWT pulled the double whammy with heartless schemer, Angel Lange, who was the victim of longterm sexual abuse at the hands of her wealthy powerful father.  Angel’s scheming was directed at helping her secure her freedom from a powerful father who seemed unstoppable.   To that end she forced Holden Snyder into marriage, schemed to keep him, and with her brother, stole millions from their father’s company.
  • GH’s Stefan Cassadine’s ’empathy card’ came in the form of dysfunctional parenting as well.  He and brother Stavros were presented as the “Heir and a Spare”. While his parents groomed his brother for greatness (and you can read that as great darkness), he was expected to bask in the shaded glory of the pathological Stavros, accept the cast off crumbs of his parents’ affections.  It was a wonder that they allowed him to keep the Cassadine name.  Stavros was dangerous, but even Stavros was a kitten compared to their parents.   

Stefan never stood a chance growing up.  If it’s possible to assign behavior to soap characters, you could imagine that had Stefan’s parents paid more attention to him in his youth, there would be no need to discuss adult Stefan.  He’d have never nade it to adulthood.  

  • Long before Stefan, there was Bobbie Spencer, who curiously enough became Stefan’s wife.  In her youth,  Bobbie hadn’t met a man she didn’t want to control, nor a woman she didn’t want to destroy to have him.   We later learned that Nurse Bobbie’s early  trauma occurred when she was led into prostitution as a young teen by her Aunt Ruby, not long  after her parents died.  She was just another of the working girls  in Aunt Ruby’s house.   Bobbie’s “protector” was her older brother, Luke, who protected her by making sure she was ‘safe’ on her ‘dates’ with older men.  Bobbie was reminded of her sex worker past, frequently, even as she transitioned from good-girl-gone-bad to bad-girl-turned-real-woman.  The most lasting reminder of Bobbie’s difficult time was the arrival of the daughter she conceived while working for Aunt Ruby.    Unfortuntately for Bobbie, daughter Carly came with an eye on vengence.
  • OLTL’s Todd Manning, in his youth, was anger on a stick and a threat to the safety of women everywhere.   The writers should have taken advantage of the fact that in a field of characters with unusual names (Storm, Ridge, Thorne, Destiny) naming this guy “Trouble” instead of Todd would have been more honest.  If there was a thing that Todd didn’t hate, it was only because it hadn’t been invented yet.  It’s hard to feel sorry for a unrepentent rapist and the writers knew it.  Without the need to try to ‘redeem’ him, the writers allowed the audience catch a glimpse of what was left of the humanity of the character.  The idea seemed to be to provide the audience some hope that whatever was left of his humanity was enought to stop him from victimizing others and to begin dealing  with his own pain.  Todd’s pain resulted from frequent beatings by an uncaring father who despised him.  Todd’s father, Peter Manning, was his maternal uncle and adoptive father.  He was forced to raise the child as his own.   We later found out that Todd was also sexually abused in his youth.
  • BnB’s Stephanie Douglas Forrester (who moved from my love-to-hate column to fully despise) was the product of a vicious wealthy father who presented the image of a perfect family to his business colleagues and friends (including fellow industry titan, YnR’s Katherine Chancellor).  What his friends and and colleagues didn’t know is that Mr. Douglas beat his daughter “Stevie” with reckless abandon behind closed doors.   Stephanie’s cruel childhood treatment was reportedly the cause of the cruelty she expressed in adulthood.  It is something that others around her struggle with until this day — clearly Stepahnie doesn’t struggle with her inhumanity toward others.  She revels in it.

You get the common thread, yes?  Years of emotional, physical, verbal, and sexual abuse.  Whether it happens because of a cowardly parent or a craven lover, there is typically a foundation for the abusive, shallow behavior we witness in our fave bad girls and boys.  Use that as a backdrop to try to understand the BnB’s Steffy Forrester.  She’s the heir to a massive fortune, her mother  came BACK from the dead and re-established the family Steffy always wanted. Her mother also gave her 25% of the family company – trusting her to “take care” of her older brother.  Steffywas raised by a father she adores.  She’s never had to go to college and yet was handed cushy executive level positions in the company after spending only a few months in the mailroom.  AND she had a stepmother who raised her and loved her while her mother was believed to have been in the grave (the same stepmother she still adored just a few years, ago, and with whom she’s had no significant conflict).   She’s traveled the world and has reportedly been loved and in love.

To hear this wanker of a character whine day in and day out about how sad she is, how much she needs a man (any man dating or married to a Logan woman), how hard her life is, how she’s been abandoned, maltreated, unloved… it’s all just too much.  Rather than creating feelings that run from exhilaration to exasperation, my feelings for Steffy run from damned bored to seriously annoyed.  Her rapid shifting from begging her daddy (Ridge) to staywith the family and continue to raise her, to begging her ‘big daddy’ (Bill Spencer) to stay with her for the night and make love to her is pathetic, but mostly jarring.  Is she a needy child or a sexually provocative woman?  She can’t be both, or use both “needs” as the foundation for her aggression toward the Logan family.  Her need to destroy the Logan family because her father loves Brooke, is petty.  It’s surreal at best when you consider how much she loved Brooke as a stepmother, until her nological mother’s return.  It’s absurd when you consider the fact that Brooke is the mother of her youngest brother. 

Steffy doesn’t work as a bad girl because there is no “empathy card” to be played for this character.  The character is made up of all hard angles.  It’s even hard to believe that she’s invested in the people she claims to be invested in. She’s now twice turned on her mother for love of  two different men (Rick Forrester and Bill Spencer).  She’s never bothered to share the stock in the family company with her brother.  She doesn’t care if her YOUNGEST brother (still in late childhood) grows up without a father – as long as their father is in the home she no longer lives in as an adult.  She’s been working to destroy her brother’s family since he was a toddler.  She fell to her knees over twin sister Phoebe’s death, but almost immediately fell into bed with the man her family blamed for her sister’s death.  She defended him even after he used her and used her sister’s death to taunt her father… the same father she can’t live without. 

 The fact that anyone (onscreen) finds her intriguing leaves one feeling dumbfounded.  Steffy Marone-Forrester is a character filled with contradictions, and none of them good. 

She is not likable.

She is not rootworthy.

She is not interesting.

My time is quickly becoming wasted by this character.  My sincere hope is that the writers are planning to give the character depth or to send her packing.  I will accept either, but what I can’t accept is Steffy in her current incarnation.   At some point the writers will  become bored with this character as she is.  I’m looking forward to THAT day.