Don’t ask me why but it’s the first title that popped into my head during the Eric and Donna scenes. From the dead grandchild’s funeral to cheating on the woman who is at home BELIEVING she’s going to spend the rest of her life with him.
One of his sons is home in terrible emotional pain.
The other son caused it and is the family outcast.
His granddaughter is mourning her twin.
The family is in upheaval.
Pants down, spirits up… that’s our Eric!
Can’t the writers ever let BnB characters grieve like real people? (Ok, they’re fictional, let them grieve like decent people, then!) Please don’t expect your audience to become emotionally invested in characters when they themselves show so little emotional investment in anyone other than themselves.
John McCook spent 20 years giving his character the soul of a poet, despite Eric’s numerous flaws. The writers have destroyed that legacy in a matter of a year (less?). It still stuns me when that happens.
He is a failed leader for his children.
He’s failed his grandchildren.
His skills as a consistent and honest husband are lacking as well (and Stephanie is NOT his only victim). Eric has received far too much credit for his treatment of Brooke, which is situational, at best.
If they’d like to pull the audience back in, give us a reason to want to care about Eric – let him finally lose it all… let him realize what a jerk he is… let him feel, for once, the emotional damage he inflicts on the women who love him.
I probably still wouldn’t feel sorry for him, but I’d love the storyline. It’s a long time in coming.