The Logan girls: Valley Trash Inspiration?
Anyone watching The Bold and The Beautiful for longer than a week has heard Stephanie refer to the Logan women as ‘trash from the valley’, a phrase she less-than-creatively alternates with ‘sluts from the valley’. The Logan women were, according to Stephanie’s fantasies, poor, tasteless, money-hungry golddiggers who couldn’t wait to get their hands on the Forrester fortune… Except, Brooke chose the working son, not the established moneyed father. Donna never went near the Forresters, she was attracted to other “poor trash from the valley”, like Rocco Carner), and Katie rarely ever dated. Stephanie couldn’t forgive the Logan girls because her ‘trash from the hills’ husband chased ‘trash from the valley’ Beth Logan. Eric then kicked her ‘trash from the east coast’ backside to the curb to rebuild happiness with Beth!
Why does any of this old business matter? Because as the old adage says, ‘everything old is new again’. Katie took Bill Spencer home this past week to show him the neighborhood she grew up in and whaddya’ know? The Logan girls were middle class like much of the show’s viewing audience. They grew up in a loving home. They were close and cared for one another and were open and loving to all – so much so that Caroline Spencer didn’t want to leave the loving Logan home while recovering from rape. (Day One fans will realize that the new ‘old Logan home’ is significantly larger than the former ‘old Logan home’, but hey, that’s all about creative license). What’s clear is that the writers have put Stephanie’s tiresome screed in perspective.
Stephanie’s lack of perspective, and lack of humanity, is what has driven the conflict with the Logan family. There has been no ‘war’ between the Logans and the Forresters. There never was. There was Stephanie Douglas and her handmaiden, Taylor Hayes, on one side; the Logans and the Forresters have been on the other side. While I still couldn’t give a crap about Katie and Bill as a couple (and care even less for the idea of Steffy ‘trash from the Hills’ Forrester coming between them), the one benefit of this couple has been watching the writers use them to show the side of the Logan clan so many fans have always loved about them.
The rebuilding of the Logan clan has been slow going, but is paying off for the show! Donna returned, but as a tool to sell the writers’ vision of Bridge love vs. brICK lust. Donna began with focusing on the epic love between Brooke and Ridge and hoping to help Brooke realize that there was something wrong with her relationship with Nick. In the end, Donna was right. It was a marriage that lasted 10 weeks, but had done grave damage to Brooke’s relationship with Bridget in the process, and damage to the viewers’ relationship with Brooke, as well. Before Brooke ended her disastrous relationship with nick, Donna decided to move in on Ridge (near-fatal mistake number 1). RealDonna Logan gave up a man she loved for her sister, Katie, when they were younger. She would never have become involved with her sister’s one true love). When Ridge ended up dumping Donna, Nick then became Donna’s champion. Donna believed that Nick was the ‘better man’ and tried to sell Brooke on her new philosophy (near-fatal mistake number 2). Donna was willing to try to sell her sister on a man she (Brooke) didn’t love to soothe her own sense of rejection and betrayal.
It made Donna instantly unlikable to a significant portion of the viewing audience. Her behavior was untrue to her Logan heritage. It was as untrue to the legacy of these women as Katie’s betrayal of Bridget, by sleeping with Nick (near fatal mistake number 3). The Logan girls sacrificed for one another their entire lives. They were willing to give up people they loved, rather than hurt one another. Donna, the real Donna, would never have pushed Brooke in the direction of a man like Nick, one who’d betrayed Brooke (her sister) and Bridget (her niece). Neither would Katie. That’s all done now, and the Logan girls are back, their bond is stronger than ever, and Stephanie’s ridiculously hateful tirades have been put in perspective. These girls from the valley aren’t ‘trash’, nor are they ‘sluts’, or any other foul thing that Stephanie’s small mind can conjure to call them. They are the Logan girls, the Logan women, and they always will be.
Speaking of the Logan Bond
Let’s hope that now that the pseudo-incest storylines are over and the Logan women are no longer fighting for the lust of the same men, now that all are happy and in love with the men they were meant to be with (for now, on Katie and Donna’s parts) that all three remember the younger member of their clan who’ll need their support. Bridget has just embarked on a journey toward reclaiming motherhood that will be a rougher ride that even she imagined. She’s going to need the support of her tough as nails mother and aunts. Much like the insta-romance that takes place on this show, so goes the insta-surrogate storylines.
You’d think that given their past losses, that Bridget and Nick would want to take more time to get to know their chosen surrogate. How about spending a month or tow observing her habits? How about double and triple checking her references? Hiring several PIs to investigate her past, hoping one would find information the others haven’t? This woman will carry the most precious part of the both of them, a child they’ve wanted and into whom they will pour every bit of love they have – along with the love they’re pouring into Nick’s son Jack. So what’s the rush!?!?!
Taking a little more time, they would have learned that Carly Corinthos’ Sandy Sommers’ has such a jones for snack foods that even when pregnant it’s her preferred form of ‘nutrition’. They might learn that Carly Sandy, is a bit of a schemer and feels that others have far too much of what she wants – that she deserves more. They’d learn that her change in hair color is probably an indication of bad things to come – that’s one hand I wouldn’t want rocking my child’s cradle! They’d probably learn that the ‘minor deceits’ she’s capable of now are indications of ‘major deceits’ to come later.
It’s hard to believe that anyone who has a much money as the Logan/ Forrester-Marone clan is supposed to have would be a little more jaded. Nick was suspicious of Owen, to the point of trying to destroy him, but almost completely trusts a woman he doesn’t know to carry his seed? Doesn’t Sandy give off the scary ‘Deacon Sharpe’ vibe to anyone else? She’s almost immediately ingratiated herself into Bridget’s life, befriending her and wanting her trust. In return? Nick and Bridget are giving her their child to carry. Only one word can truly express my feelings about this storyline and that word is UGH!!!!!!!!! (ok, no so much a ‘word’, but an expression!) It’s hard to believe how quickly this storyline has moved.
The writers have done a great job showing us that Bridget and Nick live in their own world, that they aren’t tied to his past indiscretions, his slimeball move of sleeping with her mother and her aunt. I get it. I just think that it’s now time to show that Bridget and Nick can live in the same world with Katie and Brooke, with no problem. Let the Logan women pull together and figure out Sandy’s game plan… and then let them beat her at it. It wouldn’t be a bad idea for Sandy to have an unexpected ally, someone who might be motivated to keep “Nicket” busy while she makes moves toward stealing back custody of Jack… TAYLOR! Taylor and Sandy could form a destructive bond, much like the bond Taylor has with Steffy.
There’s something about the two women that suggests that they could be good friends and partners in hell-raising. Taylor, who has lost Phoebe in this past year, watched Steffy become a scheming man-eater (after having been pulled into taylor’s earlier plans to scheme to get Ridge back), Tommy became a car bomber, and Ridge made it clear that Brooke is and always has been the love of his life. Why wouldn’t she want Jack back? Why wouldn’t she be fed up with watching everyone else be happy, and not her? Why wouldn’t she engage in the twisted logic she’s known for and think that it’s unfair that Bridget and Nick would get to keep ‘her’ child and have their own? Taylor could secretly help Sandy push Bridget over the edge, petition for and be granted custody of, Jack – as Sandy makes a move on Nick. Both would fail in the end, but it could be fun watching them try to ruin the lives of other and watch the Logans band together to stop them.
There will still be room left for Sandy after that! There’s always Brooke’s golden boy, Rick. Rick (like his niece Steffy) has a knack for becoming involved with the one person who’ll bring the most discord into his family’s life. Sandy fits the bill pretty nicely.