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Appearances Can Be Deceiving…
… so don’t you go buying what this picture is selling. The Bold and the Beautiful told us everything that we needed to know about Deacon Sharpe when it introduced the cad in 2000: Rather than step up and be a father to Little Eric, his son with Amber Moore’s late cousin Becky, he incited a bidding war over the child between the Forresters and the Spectras.
‘Can You Hear Me Now?’
Deacon was so put out when Amber chose Rick Forrester over him — we know; imagine her picking the rich, decent guy over the money-grubbing ne’er-do-well! — that the scoundrel whisked off a smitten Bridget Forrester for a quickie wedding in Las Vegas, then took the young woman’s virginity while her family listened in over the phone. While. They. Listened.
The Best-Laid Plans
Horrified at Bridget’s pick for a starter husband, mom Brooke took it upon herself to try to convince Deacon to divorce her. But once she got a gander at the bad boy’s abs, their intense conversation devolved into pillow talk, after which the discount Casanova agreed not to tell the world that she was having her son-in-law’s baby — hi, Hope! — for a price, of course.
In 2003, Deacon appeared to be turning his life around. Not only did he kick the bottle for the sake of his and Brooke’s daughter, Hope, he fell in love with fellow alcoholic Macy Alexander. Alas, his new beginning had the unhappiest of endings. After he helped Macy relaunch her singing career, she was Phantom of the Opera’d to death by a falling chandelier on the night of her big comeback.
‘My Eyes! My Eyes!’
Following Macy’s untimely demise, Deacon pretty much went through lovers the way we do potato chips. First, he carried on with Massimo Marone’s wife Jackie behind the tycoon’s back. And yes, it had to be behind his back; Mojo wasn’t always so accommodating as to cover his eyes like this. Next, the libidinous louse crossed over to The Young and the Restless, where he…
Married in Haste
It didn’t much matter to Deacon that old flame Amber had fallen in love with Daniel Romalotti. The rat fink wanted to make her his bride, and that was that. So he blackmailed her into an “altared” state and hoped that she’d grow fonder of him over time. Spoiler alert: She did not, as he could have predicted if only he’d gazed even in passing at her expression. Mind you, Deacon was still just getting warmed up.
A ‘Hit’ With the Ladies
Though Phyllis Summers was no fan of the himbo’s — see illustration — she also wasn’t totally immune to his charms. So one fateful evening, while on the outs with significant other Nick Newman, she shagged Deacon in a back alley. (Don’t judge; she didn’t own a hotel at the time.)
Stop Us If You’ve Heard This One Before
One fateful evening, while on the outs with significant other Nick Newman J.T. Hellstrom, Phyllis Summers Victoria Newman shagged Deacon. Hey, at least it wasn’t in a back alley.
‘OMG, No! You, Too?!?’
Victoria was ashamed enough to have done the nasty with lowlife Deacon. But to make matters worse, he also got mixed up with her mother, fellow tippler Nikki Newman. And by “mixed up with,” we mean that he blackmailed her into marriage, which is kinda the only thing he likes better than seducing women who are upset with their husbands and/or boyfriends.
‘It Was the Dutler! He Bid It!’
Nikki wasn’t paroled from her unholy union with Deacon until it was revealed that Victoria hadn’t offed her sometime stepmother, Diane Jenkins, Mom had, but it had been in self-defense. Except that no, Nikki hadn’t done it, either, it had been Paul Williams’ off-her-rocker sister, Patty. Or so we think. Honestly, by the time this plot was done twisting, we were so over it, Mr. Kitty could’ve done it for all we cared!
Does This Count as Father/Daughter Bonding?
After Deacon was sentenced to serve prison time — pick a crime, any crime, he committed it — Bill Spencer handed him a Get Out of Jail Free card in exchange for his help derailing Hope’s Italian wedding to the zillionaire’s son, Liam. As if anything was going to keep those two apart for long! (You probably don’t need us to tell you that that’s Kim Matula as Hope above… but it is.)
A Match Made in Hell
For a brief, strange time, Deacon found himself at the center of a love/hate triangle with Brooke and Quinn Fuller, neither of whom could usually decide whether they liked or loathed him. In the end, Quinn won — if you could call it a victory — when she and Deacon tied the knot. For less time than it takes us to binge a season of The Great British Baking Show, but still. When he returned to L.A. after visiting Hope in Europe, he discovered his estranged wife…
Sure, Deacon wanted an annulment from Quinn. But it was nonetheless a shock and a half for him to find her shacked up with an amnesiac Liam (who actually bought that their names were Adam and Eve, the poor thing). Desperate to keep Deacon from upsetting her happy home — no matter how fictional it was! — Quinn went so far as to push him off a cliff. “Consider that a divorce,” she somehow refrained from quipping in her best Arnold Schwarzenegger voice.
Like a Bad Penny…
… Deacon returned yet again, only to be told, “Go to jail, do not pass GO, do not collect $200!” for using his would-be widow for target practice. It was as if he was biologically incapable of being the kind of father that Hope truly deserved (and so often had needed).
His 19th (?) Chance?
By the fall of 2021, we hardly recognized Deacon without the shadows of prison bars across his face. Had he finally (!) learned from his mistakes? Any of his mistakes? Or was he about to disappoint Hope (now Annika Noelle) anew?
This’ll Go Well
Though it turned out that Deacon had turned over a new leaf, he made the disastrous mistake of palling around with walking bad influence Sheila Carter, who was always leaving nearly dead bodies in Il Giardino’s back alley for him to clean up.
Speaking of Dead Bodies…
In 2022, Young & Restless revealed that Deacon wasn’t nearly as upset about Diane Jenkins’ untimely demise as he’d appeared 11 years prior. Mainly because he’d helped her fake it so that she could run away from Genoa City and everyone there who hated her. In other words, everyone there.
Choose Your Partner, Do-Si-Do
Thanks to Sheila’s shenanigans, Deacon convinced himself for a moment that he had a snowball’s chance in hell of rekindling his romance with babymama Brooke. It was a lot like the way that Taylor Hayes convinced herself for a moment that this time, Ridge Forrester was going to not only turn to but stick with her.
‘Wait, You’re *Not* Debra Messing?’
Deacon was horrified when he discovered that the nine-toed redhead that he’d bedded wasn’t a rando named Lina but merry murderess Sheila. But not so horrified that he didn’t risk being sent back up the river by letting the wanted woman hide out in his hovel.
Who’s the Boss?
Despite being an impoverished waiter with a criminal record, Deacon managed to find enough change in his sofa cushions to buy Il Giardino. Maybe it was cheaper than it otherwise would’ve been after Sheila had shot son Finn Finnegan and daughter-in-law Steffy Forrester in the back alley.