Bold & Beautiful Builds a Major Mystery Around Zende… Completely by Accident
Could he, like Thomas before him, be suffering from the effects of a brain tumor?
Stop us if you’ve heard this one before, but… we’re mystified by the way that The Bold and the Beautiful is writing and rewriting one of its characters. In the hot seat this time around? Zende.
When Kristen and Tony’s son was reintroduced to the canvas as an adult in 2015, he was, in a word, a player. Yeah, yeah, he dearly loved Nicole — but not enough to remain true to her during her pregnancy with sister Maya’s daughter. He slept with Nicole’s half sister, Sasha!
By the time Delon de Metz took over for Rome Flynn (above), Zende’s marriage to Nicole was kaput — for reasons still unknown; did he just get bored? — and the character was once again both single and ready to mingle. Though he paid lip service to feeling bad about macking on buddy Carter’s girl, Zende nonetheless had eye sex with Zoe any chance he got.
So the Casanova’s sudden determination to make Paris his second wife rings… well, not just hollow, silly. First of all, what hot, rich, libidinous twentysomething wants to play house instead of the field? Second of all, why Paris? Aside from her obvious beauty, what does she have going for her aside from the fact that everyone says the sun rises and sets on her?
Zende, it occurs to us, is suffering from the same condition as his would-be fiancée: plot-point-itis. Remember how one day, all Paris wanted was to tie the knot and have a happy family like Steffy and Finn’s, and the next, she wanted to star in her own version of Sex and the City of L.A.? It was sudden, it was jarring, and it made no sense.
Now, Zende is suffering from the same affliction. His case might even be more acute. The two-timer who made no bones about wanting to steal Carter’s significant other, then courted Paris in a manner befitting someone twice (three times?) his age before pumping the brakes on their relationship… now is pursuing marriage with a zeal we’d expect him to save for the lone hottie in the club at last call.
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: We just. Don’t. Get. It. The show can’t deliberately be writing Zende erratically, right? So what gives? Is it a brain tumor? Is he merely mercurial? Does he give up coffee and then go back to double espressos now and then? What?
And what say you? Are you as mystified by the shifts in Zende’s personality as we are? On your way to the comments, stop off at the below photo gallery, which asks no questions of our Bold & Beautiful faves, it just shines a spotlight on them in some especially stylish clothes.
<p>When an outfit has as many buttons to button as Brooke’s, sometimes you just wanna stand there for a minute to let everyone in the room appreciate the hard work you put into getting dressed.</p>
<p>If Columbo had known as much about fashion as Brooke, his trench coats might’ve looked a whole lot sleeker.</p>
<p>Under Thomas’ navy-blue jacket, he’s working some cool-ass camo… which, come to think of it, probably only works as camo if he’s trying to hide in some indigo underbrush.</p>
<p>For some reason, wearing this particular button-down, Thomas gives us Charlie Brown vibes. Well, scruffy, buff Charlie Brown vibes, anyway.</p>
<p>Bill told Wyatt that this suit made him look like a grape. Which sounded to us like, ahem, <em>sour</em> grapes. Get that eye on fashion, Daddy-O!</p>
<p>Props to Zoe: Were we to ever get into an ensemble this complicated and knotty, we’d probably have to be <em>cut</em> back out of it.</p>
<p>Who needs a man to send roses, right, Zoe? Here, she’s swathed in in a whole florist shop’s worth. Possibly two. (That dress goes all the way down to the floor!)</p>
<p>Some people wear their hearts on their sleeve, others — like Zoe — wear a sea monster on their chest. And just like that, we suddenly feel like ordering sushi.</p>
<p>This wordy top of Quinn’s seems to say the same thing over and over again. And that thing? “Letter have it.” See what we did there? Do we have to — ha! — <em>spell</em> it out for ya? We’re here all week, folks.</p>
<p>Not only does Carter’s jacket perfectly hug his legendary biceps, that turtleneck could come in awfully handy, should a tryst with secret lover Quinn leave him, so to speak, a “marked” man.</p>
<p>Cougars are so 2019. Just ask Donna here: It’s cheetah print that’s the cat’s meow in 2021.</p>
<p>Obviously, if Paris is going to give you the cold shoulder, it’s going to be the right one. Hopefully, she keeps a wrap in her office.</p>
<p>Part prom tux, part winter-formal dress, we don’t know <em>what</em> to make of this avant-garde ensemble of Paris’. But one thing we do know: That’s <em>fashion</em>, baby!</p>
<p>Now <em>there’s</em> a get-up that makes a statement. If only we could figure out whether that statement is “<em>Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat</em> is my all-time favorite musical” or “I’m wearing the rest of my superheroine costume under this.”</p>
<p>Of <em>course</em> Zende wouldn’t wear socks with a get-up this cutting-edge. What is he, your grandpa? Pshaw.</p>
<p>Flo’s floral-print minidress is accentuated by light, lace sleeves suggesting that she wants to be prepared, should she catch a chill. But only a slight chill.</p>
<p>Hemlines are rising as quickly as the temperature on <em>Bold & Beautiful</em>. But if anybody’s going to win the unofficial miniskirt challenge — sorry, Flo — it’s going to be the sex bomb who once launched Brooke’s Bedroom.</p>
<p>From the chest up, Hope’s dress looks like the perfect thing to wear to sit on a sunny veranda drinking cocktails with umbrellas in them. From the chest down, however, it looks as cozy as an afghan, like something you’d wear (or have thrown over you) in front of a roaring fireplace. Wait, is this outfit secretly the show’s first split-personality storyline?</p>
<p>Judging from this take on a German peasant dress, among the heroine’s hopes for the future is to hit the catwalk at Oktoberfest.</p>
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