Deconstructing B&B: Love in the afternoon
We can be together.
B&B Rant for June 22 – 26:
It was a busy week on “B&B” with the focus on many different characters, which was great. Thoughts:
Bill was happily matchmaking for Liam and Steffy until he was shocked by Wyatt’s news that Liam had managed to get himself married to Ivy. Loved his bit about Liam stepping into a phone booth and putting on his cape. Even Katie was exasperated by his impulsiveness. Comic relief!
Quinn pressures Ivy to lie.
While there’s no question it makes life interesting, Quinn’s overt manipulations sometimes get headache-inducing. It wasn’t realistic that she could steamroll over Ivy and convince her to go against her principles; as mentioned in the last Deconstructing B&B, Ivy is all about integrity.
I’m right here.
Well there are two sides to every situation, and while it was nice that Wyatt was trying to offer Steffy some comfort and a good time, his constant subtle pressure and self-promotion got annoying. Does he really like Steffy that much, or is he just sub-consciously eager to stick it to his brother? In any case, nothing about this potential pairing excites me – I’ve seen brother and sister characters with more chemistry.
The welcome back party for Caroline was a nice touch and it was good that Eric materialized and made nice. The upset phone callers clamoring for Maya’s reinstatement was a bit of a stretch. How many people are that invested in the models employed by fashion companies? Later, the scenes with Ridge and Caroline in the office were so sweet with her walking to him, and then having an easier time drawing.
We need you.
Ridge had no use for Rick or Maya due to their treatment of the employees before he took over. Yet now they have him going over to the mansion and not only telling Maya they need her, but bowing to her demands that Rick be rehired as well? Nope. Not buying that he would do that. As wonderful as Ridge can be, he's arrogant, and this was an out-of-character move written in just to get Maya and Rick back to Forrester. Viewers are still waiting to see this pair get some sort of comeuppance for the bullying they did. Vote in Soaps.com's B&B Poll: Was Ridge asking Maya and Rick to return realistic?
Many viewers feel they should have seen Rick adjust to the news that Maya is a transgender woman rather than treat it as a mere blip on his radar before they got back together. We get that the writers wanted Rick to be accepting as part of the storyline; it's a beautiful love story and that's fabulous, but it would have been great to be privy to his inner process. Honestly we saw Carter go through more over Maya's reveal than Rick. At the very least we should have seen Rick come-to-terms with the fact that Maya would not be able to give him biological children. That said, the scenes in the bedroom on Friday were undeniably romantic. Love in the afternoon...
The marriage is over.
Wow, I was expecting some last minute snag, but Ivy told Liam the truth, Quinn and Wyatt had to deal with it, and Liam went to Steffy and told her she wouldn't have to be the other woman. Loved the moment that Steffy sunk into Liam's arms. I hope they can remain triangle-free for a while, have some fun, and run the company together. Maybe Wyatt can take Ivy out...
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- Candace Young