Now It All Makes Sense: Bold & Beautiful’s [Spoiler] *Has* to Have Been Sheila’s Accomplice All Along
It takes a big roll of Benjamins to start a wrecking ball like Finn’s Mommie Dearest rolling.
Ever since The Bold and the Beautiful reintroduced the character of Sheila and set her up in a hotel room that was nicer than any home in which we’ve ever lived, we’ve wanted to know… erm, how is she paying for it?
For a while there, we didn’t need an answer to that question, because… well, we had bigger ones, like why on earth did the madwoman wait until son Finn had married a Forrester to reenter his life? Why didn’t she still look like The Young and the Restless’ Phyllis? And most importantly, if she isn’t waiting tables at Il Giardino… who is?!?
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But now that some time has passed and the psycho is savoring the fruits of her labors — Brooke’s breakup with Ridge over Deacongate — we’ve come back to our first question. How is Sheila paying her hotel tab? We haven’t seen her do a lick of work since she resurfaced — unless you count working Steffy and Brooke’s nerves! So where is she getting her money? Where is she getting all those dollar bil…
OMG! That’s when it hit us. Dollar Bill is bankrolling Sheila. Why has he been so far back on the backburner that we hardly ever see him? Because he’s been funding Ms. Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs’ assault on Brooke’s marriage in order to blaze a trail back to her.
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Come on — you can’t say that it would be beneath Bill to do so. He demolished a building with son Liam inside it, for Pete’s sake! (An “accident,” but still… ) And CBS’ soaps do have a habit of having their antiheroes go too far. See also: The Young and the Restless’ Victor unleashing Patty, then Kelly on Jack and replacing Phyllis’ husband in her bed with a lookalike criminal.
What do you think? Is there more to Sheila’s return than a maternal interest in Finn? On your way to the comments, be sure to stop off at the below photo gallery, the newly expanded collection of the 2022 cast’s portraits.
<p>… this time flashing the intoxicating gaze of Deacon’s that makes babymama Brooke Logan wonder whether her drink’s been spiked. Again. </p>
<p>… giving us some insight into just how frustrating it is for Deacon to find that life’s highways are 99 percent roadblocks.</p>
<p>… as Sheila Carter, the madwoman hell-bent on playing Mommie Dearest to long-lost son Finn Finnegan. By force, if necessary.</p>
<p>… wearing the expression that Sheila uses to try to convince people that she’s not Norman Bates, Michael Myers and Lizzie Borden all rolled up in one.</p>
<p>… as Steffy Forrester, fashion magnate, devoted wife, corporate exec, loving mother and all-around badass.</p>
<p>… this time striking the kind of power pose that we assume Steffy uses to let everyone at Forrester Creations know that she means business — and not the funny kinda business that’s usually going on around those offices, either!</p>
<p>… breaking out a variety pack of expressions, ranging from Steffy’s “We’re one big, happy family” smile to her “C’mon, Finn, it’s bedtime” look.</p>
<p>… giving the illusion that Steffy’s just stepped off the cover of a romance novel. Or <em>is</em> it an illusion? We’d buy that book.</p>
<p>… as Taylor Hayes, the <span style="text-decoration: line-through">only</span> best shrink in town… perhaps because she’s been known to wig out herself now and then.</p>
<p>… this time working the countenance that Taylor perfected to say, “I’m not scared of you, Brooke. Were <em>you</em> princess of Morocco? ’Cause <em>I</em> was!”</p>
<p>… helping Taylor remind occasional husband Ridge Forrester that they’ve been known to get, ahem, horizontal.</p>
<p>… unleashing the glare that Thomas reserves for people who bring up the whole “Fauxpe” mannequin incident.</p>
<p>… demonstrating that if Thomas wanted to, he could totally go all <em>Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon</em> on us.</p>
<p>… as Liam Spencer, the nicest of nice guys and levelest of heads… unless, that is, it’s one of those days when he can’t tell wife Hope Logan from a mannequin.</p>
<p>… turning Liam’s other cheek, which it turns out is as scruffy and chiseled as the first one.</p>
<p>… stopping off to take a coupla pictures on Liam’s way to… Hmm. We’re gonna guess… a polo match?</p>
<p>… as Hope Logan, the eternal optimist whose long history of heartbreaking tragedies has somehow never managed to diminish her — wait for it — hope for the future.</p>
<p>… this time breaking out the “Could <em>you</em> lie to this face?” expression to which — sigh — so many of Hope’s loved ones have answered yes. </p>
<p>… modeling a print that’s so floral, it suggests that Hope would’ve made an excellent flower child.</p>
<p>… as Bill Spencer, a second-generation publishing tycoon who’s always got one eye on fashion and the other on whatever knockout is wearing the latest in haute couture.</p>
<p>… as Katie Logan, the ex that Bill just can’t bring himself to admit isn’t so much the one that got away as the one he pushed away.</p>
<p>… as Wyatt, the Spencer heir whose wit is as sharp as the sword on the necklace that all the men in his family wear.</p>
<p>… modeling one of Wyatt’s suit-and-tie combos so casually that we’d believe he just leapt off the cover of <em>GQ</em>.</p>
<p>… as Ridge Forrester, the dashing designer whose interest in women’s clothes has often been more about getting them out of ’em than dreaming up new dresses.</p>
<p>… revealing the trademark come-hither look that Ridge uses to get all those women out of their frocks. Quick, look away! Look awa… Oh. Too late.</p>
<p>… as Brooke Logan, the passion’s plaything driven by her belief that Ridge is her destiny. Or maybe it’s Bill. Is it Deacon this week? What about… You know what? Never mind.</p>
<p>… in this image painting on the smile that Brooke uses when she really, <em>really</em> doesn’t want anyone to think that anything is less than both hunky <em>and</em> dory.</p>
<p>… in this instance trying out the sorta serious expression that Brooke might use to argue that her portrait should replace the late, great Stephanie’s on the Forrester mansion’s mantel.</p>
<p>… here epitomizing the California girl that she and her character are — and that David Lee Roth made extra famous in his ’80s cover of the Beach Boys.</p>
<p>… flashing the beatific smile that Brooke only sports when she’s dreaming of her “destiny.”</p>
<p>… as Zende, the Forrester heir whose bedroom eyes never fail to make it hard to buy that he’s a one-woman man.</p>
<p>… serving up enough intensity as Zende to short your computer screen. Don’t say we didn’t warn… Oh dear. Too late? Our bad.</p>
<p>… as Paris Buckingham, the enchantress whose affect on men Jabot Cosmetics should really look into bottling.</p>
<p>… as Carter Walton, the world’s hottest wedding officiant… who just wants a wife to call his own. Is that too much to ask?</p>
<p>… as Quinn Forrester, a jewelry designer whose exterior can seem — but <em>only</em> seem — as hard as the gems with which she works.</p>
<p>… teeing up the wide-eyed, innocent look that Quinn wields so well anytime one of her schemes blows up in her face. (And they always do.)</p>
<p>… as Eric Forrester, the silver fox who didn’t just earn a reputation as a player over his lifetime, he invented the game.</p>
<p>… looking so confident, Eric could almost make us buy that, despite his many missteps, Father really <em>does</em> know best.</p>
<p>Right? ’Cause Steffy, Thomas and Taylor don’t really consider a family photo complete without him in it.</p>
<p>Taylor and Thomas have moved past the fact that she missed his fake wedding to Zoe Buckingham, his tumble into a vat of acid, his deep and meaningful romance with a mannequin and, while we’re on the subject, his brain surgery.</p>
<p>They say that those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Apparently, they don’t say that to these two, though.</p>
<p>Oh, if only that were the case. But Hope’s Daddy Dearest is a serial conniver with a rap sheet that’s longer than a ballgown’s train.</p>
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