Bold & Beautiful Has Built a Spectacular Mystery Around Ridge That Nope, We Just Can’t Solve… Can You?
As we watched recent episodes, we became more and more confused.
We’re not sure if The Bold and the Beautiful meant to build a mystery around Ridge, but it’s done just that in a big way. At the heart of it: Aside from the looks and the charm — which we’ll admit, thanks to Thorsten Kaye, are considerable — why would any woman want this man?
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As the story of Deacon’s return to L.A. began to unspool, Ridge first went all controlling and cave man on Brooke, insisting that she banish her babydaddy from her life. He had a point, of course; Deacon has always been bad news. But if Ridge is wearing a halo at all, it’s a badly tarnished one. No one who’s watched the show for more than a year or two needs us to rehash for them his litany of sins.
Then there was Ridge’s reaction to Deacongate. Over and over, he promised Brooke that they could get through anything together. And as soon as an actual “thing” occurred, he bailed in dramatic fashion. What woman wants a man whose vows mean so little? We’ve placed orders at drive-through windows with more commitment than he’s shown!
Next, there was the spectacle of Ridge allowing his grown children to inform him that their mother was the woman with whom he had to be five minutes after he walked out on his latest wife. Can you imagine your dad standing around and letting you dictate his love life — or any part of his life — the way Steffy did Ridge’s? What kind of spineless babyman accepts, much less needs, that kind of handling?
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Finally, all but nanoseconds after calling it quits with Brooke, Ridge was making out with his ex, Taylor. So… what? His last marriage meant so little to him? He really is such a hapless child that he needs his kids to parent him? He can’t go a day without a significant other? What does this behavior say about him? We’re mystified, absolutely mystified by the show’s intentions with these developments.
Are we to dislike Ridge as much as we did Brooke when she was inserting herself at every turn into Eric and Quinn’s marriage? Are we to deduce that he is suffering from the sort of amnesia that makes him forget all the times he and Brooke have hurt one another before, only to reunite? (We have a photo gallery that could help him there.) Are we to sigh and shake our heads at the fact that he has the emotional maturity of an impulsive tween?
What do you think, Bold & Beautiful fans? Answer in the comments, and on your way, stop off at the below photo album, a collection of reminders to Taylor that no… just no… he’s not that into you.
<p>The red flags that Ridge (then Ronn Moss) wasn’t marriage material were all there for Taylor (then Hunter Tylo) to see. Heck, his side piece Brooke Logan was there, too, for Taylor to see. But instead of use her head, after counseling the playboy and his ill-fated first wife Caroline, she foolishly followed her heart and fell for him. Heartbreak ensued. So. Much. Heartbreak.</p>
<p>After tying the knot with Ridge for the first of approximately a gazillion times, Taylor had only been presumed dead for a hot minute following a devastating plane crash before the “widower” rebounded back into Brooke’s open arms. In other words, his period of mourning lasted about as long as the memorial service that had been held for his wife!</p>
<p>When Taylor returned to the land of the living — and also L.A. — she donned a Mary Poppins accent and a disguise to care for Ridge during a brief spell of blindness. (What? It could happen.) Now, were she <em>really</em> his one and only, he’d likely have heard through her suddenly British inflections, but did he? Three guesses, and they all rhyme with no!</p>
<p>When loco Morgan DeWitt sent Ridge an email from Taylor’s account saying that she was cool with him impregnating his ex the old-fashioned way, he… went right along with it. No “Uh, honey, are you <em>sure</em> about this?” or “Did you forget to put a winky-face emoji at the end there?” Just into bed, he climbed!</p>
<p>After being “killed” by madwoman Sheila Carter, Taylor appeared to Ridge as an apparition and encouraged him to reunite with Brooke. As if Taylor, dead, alive or anywhere in between, would <em>ever</em> do that! Clearly, this was Ridge telling himself what he wanted to hear, and what he wanted to hear was not that he should honor his “late” wife’s memory by steering clear of her nemesis. Tacky, bro.</p>
<p>The next time Taylor rose from the grave — yeah, it’s a whole thing with her — she only won back Ridge from Brooke because his Mommie Dearest Stephanie faked a heart attack to guilt him into making her preferred daughter-in-law his bride again. If <em>that</em> doesn’t scream “You’re second choice,” we dunno what does!</p>
<p>If anyone wished more than Taylor that she was Ridge’s true love, it was Stephanie. So, having failed once to permanently reconnect the twosome, she convinced grandson Thomas (then Adam Gregory) to lie that he’d slept with stepmom Brooke while they were stranded on an island and hopped up on boinkberries. As a result, Taylor got back her man — for about five minutes.</p>
<p>When Brooke got involved with Ridge’s half brother Thorne, the dressmaker went to extremes to see that their relationship didn’t go the distance. Or if it did, that distance was very short. But when <em>Taylor</em> hooked up with Thorne, Ridge moved neither heaven nor earth to separate them. He reacted much the way that viewers did: with a shrug.</p>
<p>After prescribing Ridge pills to dull his stress over their daughter Steffy’s affair with Brooke’s son Rick — got all that? — Taylor went ahead and had sex with her ex while he was so doped up, it was a wonder he could do anything between the sheets but snore. Have some pride, Taylor. Come on. You’re better than that.</p>
<p>By the time Taylor (now Krista Allen) returned to L.A. in 2021, Ridge (now Thorsten Kaye) had broken up and reunited with Brooke we can’t even <em>guesstimate</em> how many times. That was kinda their hobby. Yet Taylor still harbored a hope that maybe she was his real Mrs. Right. Why? We can’t imagine. Asked and answered, hon. Though he certainly <em>should</em> be, he’s just not that into you.</p>
<p>Nanoseconds after dumping Brooke over her support of babydaddy Deacon Sharpe, Ridge told Taylor that he wanted to “come home.” And no matter how loudly we screamed “No!” at the TV, she let him! Needless to say, their reunion lasted only as long as it took for everybody to find out that Sheila had nudged Brooke off the wagon, which is what had led to her kiss with <span style="text-decoration: line-through">Santa</span> Deacon and this whole entire mess.</p>
<p>After Thomas convinced his father that Brooke had ratted him out to Child Protective Services for (gasp!) cutting an apple, Ridge, urged on by a pinecone that fell on his head, raced off to Aspen to start anew with Taylor. That he hadn’t told Brooke what she’d supposedly done or that he was dumping her should have been red flags for Taylor, but… Maybe she’s color blind?</p>
<p>Ridge swore, swore, swore that he wanted to remarry Taylor. His dedication to her had nothing to do with his aggravation with Brooke. But the second he found out that his ex hadn’t called CPS on Thomas, he left skid marks on his father’s living-room floor, put Taylor in rear-view and ran back to Brooke.</p>
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