Deconstructing B&B: Return of the flip-flopping king
B&B Rant for June 15 – 19:
An excellent soapy week. My favorite scenes by far were the super intense ones involving Steffy and Liam. But then it was the return of the flip-flopping king. Now it’s all about Ivy. Will she or won’t she come clean? Thoughts:
It was kind of over-the-top when Steffy was in town previously and went so ballistic over Ridge’s relationship with Caroline, especially considering she had been into an older man (Bill) herself and is supposed to be a progressive individual. So it was good that she dialed it down and apologized, and even connected with Caroline over her surprise for Liam.
Wyatt saying that Ivy must have been desperate to talk to Quinn about her deportation troubles was hilarious – so right on! It’s very cute how perky and happy Quinn has been since she married Deacon, but you would have to be certifiable to take her advice or not to question why she’s suddenly in your corner. Wyatt wasted no time in asking, “What’s in this for you?” Ivy however, was too busy panicking about having to leave the country, and that was understandable. Anyway, the Wyatt/Quinn scenes were funny.
You rescued me again.
Well, Ivy and Liam got hitched but there was only one word for the ceremony and ensuing scenes – awkward! Brilliantly acted too, as I was positively squirming along with Liam as he went through with it, and then squirming with embarrassment for Ivy as she tried to make something romantic out of it after the fact. Nevermind that in reality a quickie marriage wouldn’t have solved Ivy’s problems instantly – she would still be deported until she had the required spousal VISA in order and wouldn’t be allowed to live and work in the United States until that came through – and it takes up to 9 months. But alas in Soapland, marriage was the perfect answer, and the perfect complication to Liam reconciling with Steffy.
Steffy presenting Liam with a walk down memory lane was timed for maximum angst. Just as we were reminded how she brings him to life and how much fun they are together, he had to drop the bomb of his new marriage on her. Ack.
Liam declares his love for Steffy.
Wow! I was on the edge of my seat for the scenes in which Steffy reacted to Liam telling her he had married Ivy and for him realizing that he wanted a life with Steffy and fighting for it! Steffy was super-pissed off, hurt, disappointed, and even mocking. She showed the vulnerability that Liam brings out in her and then was frustrated with herself for not being able to rein it in. Liam started out doing his usual milquetoast routine and when he saw it wasn't going to fly this time, he finally snapped out of it declared himself - and got all intense doing it. There's no denying that Steffy makes this boy come alive and feel!
Your wife is here.
After Steffy tore the place up and washed her hand of Liam's flip-flopping ass, he literally turned right around and had a conversation with Ivy about trying to make their marriage real. Really? Liam's fickleness is at the 'hair-ripping-out' level. Those who had high hopes that he'd finally figured out what he wanted the previous day were sorely disappointed. Ugh.
It's not going to happen.
Bill cringed a little when Wyatt told him he and Ridge shared the same opinion about Wyatt pursuing Steffy. Too funny. No one can understand why Wyatt wants to repeat his previous mistake by going after a woman who has feelings for his brother. We asked that question in last week's, Deconstructing B&B. Sigh. Bill was right - Wyatt should have gone to the steam room with the model, but then again, by week's end he was kissing a seriously rebounding Steffy. Yeesh.
D'oh, we got it wrong, you have dual citizenship. Groan. Here's hoping Ivy comes clean with Liam pronto, otherwise we've another case of a character completely changing who they are to serve a storyline. Ivy is all about integrity. Vote in Soaps.com's B&B Poll: Should Ivy tell Liam the truth?
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- Candace Young