And the Award for The Bold and the Beautiful’s Most Utterly Perplexing Character Goes to…
We. Are. Mystified.
From time to time, The Bold and the Beautiful makes us stop and go, “Wait, whaaat?” And lately, we’re doing that whenever Grace is on. Somehow, she seems to have gotten it in her head that she must intervene in daughter Paris’ relationship with Carter, lest she wind up saddled with a significant other who is…
Wait, whaaat? A rich and handsome executive?
It makes no sense, right? We can understand why Grace would like the idea of Paris marrying rich, handsome Zende. But for her to be so vehemently against her daughter’s involvement with rich, handsome Carter is a real head-scratcher.
Does Forrester Creations’ CFO come with some baggage? Sure. Not only is there the whole Quinn affair, but in Grace’s mind, he was the bad guy in his relationship with her other daughter, Zoe.
But Zende has some miles on him, too. He cheated on Nicole with her half sister and ultimately divorced his wife for reasons that are only known to the file marked “Say Nothing, and Eventually, People Will Stop Asking.” He’s a red-flag factory come to life!
What would really have helped sell this story — as well as the character of Grace, as well-played as she is by the estimable Cassandra Creech — would have been if Bold & Beautiful had made one of the guys in the triangle a have-not. Then you could have had Mom pushing her daughter to choose love and money over just love.
Of course, characters whose bank accounts don’t bulge are harder to find on this show than characters who don’t look like they live, work and sleep at the gym. (Thank goodness for Deacon, our sole rep from the ranks of those of us who don’t have trust funds and rich relatives!)
Making Grace’s behavior extra befuddling are two things: 1. The fact that her daughter is a grown woman who is perfectly capable of making her own choices (but we can overlook that one, as meddling moms are a tried-and-true soap staple). 2. The fact that Paris, Carter and Zende are all single. Zende’s even dating a model. So where’s the scandal in Carter and Paris getting involved?
Plus, there are only what, a dozen people in L.A.? Of course they’re all going to hook up. That’s why in the past Thomas has obsessed over his sometime stepsister Hope, and both Brooke and Taylor have loved their way up one side of the Forrester family tree and down the other! (They even both married Ridge’s half brother, Nick!)
What do you think, Bold & Beautiful fans? Are you as mystified by Grace’s objection to Carter as we are? On your way to the comments, stop off at the below photo gallery, which shines a spotlight on some of soaps’ all-time best (and worst) mothers.
<p>The scheme queen probably did Kyle a favor by letting him grow up believing that she’d been murdered. But try telling that to her son, whose emotional wounds she selfishly reopened by upending his life with her “resurrection.”</p>
<p>Not only did Dante Falconeri’s sensible mom keep him safely away from his made-man father for decades, she shielded son Leo with Julian Jerome from <em>his</em> dad’s criminal activities as best she could, too.</p>
<p>Sure, she once slept with a horseman who’d go on to marry daughter Victoria. Nikki is still the Newman likeliest to try to keep anyone from stampeding at the ranch. And she’s the more fun parent with whom to judge party guests like this chick who is <em>clearly</em> just there for the open bar.</p>
<p>Since this is daytime we’re talking about, we could give her a pass for shtupping one of her daughter’s husbands. But two? <em>And</em> yet <em>another</em> daughter’s boyfriend? No. Sorry. No Mother’s Day card for you, Brooke.</p>
<p>It’s a good thing Sami and Eric’s mom is a shrink; otherwise, she might have long ago gone mad trying to curb her daughter’s tendency to act on impulse and her son’s “here today, gone tomorrow” approach to his priest’s collar.</p>
<p>Mirror, mirror in her hand, who would cut you where you stand? David and Leo’s mad, mad mama, that’s who. There are freaking caves that aren’t as batty as the homicidal maniac who spawned the brothers.</p>
<p>OK, so maybe Port Charles’ Wonder Woman <em>did</em> let Robin begin her life in a bit of a fog as to her origin story. Anna <em>more</em> than made up for it with the inspirational role model she became for her daughter and granddaughter.</p>
<p>Though the brassy beautician was often played for laughs, there was nothing funny about the screwed-up individuals that her “mothering” made of Natalie and Rex — and it turned out, they weren’t even Roxy’s kids!</p>
<p>All the moms on our “best” list would tell you that they’d do anything for their kids. But Ciara and Shawn’s mother is unique in that not only <em>would</em> the butt-kicking detective do anything for them, she actually <em>could</em>, too.</p>
<p>No matter how many of her children got kidnapped, shot at or killed, Sonny’s moll refused to get unmarried from the Mob. Until, that is, the made man developed both a case of amnesia and the hots for another woman.</p>
<p>When Mary, Frank, Pat and Siobhan were hurting, there was no more sympathetic ear to bend than their soulful mom’s. Unless they were the cause of their own pain, in which case, whoa, could Maeve’s love be tough!</p>
<p>Helicopter parents had nothin’ and Lance and Lucas’ mom, whose threats were rarely as veiled as her scarred face and who wound up plunging to her death in hopes of erasing from her boys’ life Lorie, aka the strumpet no mother wanted in the room, much less in-<em>law</em>.</p>
<p>It was bad enough that the erstwhile Lorraine forced her daughter into the Dawn of Day cult — <em>and</em> into its leader Shiloh’s bed. But to further cement her spot on our worst list, she turned out to not even be Willow’s real mother!</p>
<p>The real testament to what a terrific mom Joe’s better half was isn’t the fine man that she raised Dr. Nice Guy Jake to be but the decent guy into which she ultimately helped turn his adopted brother, Tad the Cad.</p>
<p>Oh, we know, we know — she and her kids kissed and made up in the end. But there wouldn’t have been so many hard feelings to soften if Dina hadn’t been a more glamorous than nurturing mom to begin with.</p>
<p>Cameron, Jake and Aiden’s mom would be the last person to say that she’s perfect. And she <em>is</em> as flawed as any of us. Yet she instills in her boys a can-do spirit that we only wish rubbed off more on us.</p>
<p>There’s no good reason why the madwoman’s children want less than zero contact with her. There are, in fact, a <em>bazillion</em> good reasons! Finn’s? She, uh… she shot him dead while attempting to murder his wife, Steffy.</p>
<p>As sweet as her legendary donuts, the Horton family’s indefatigably patient matriarch wasn’t just a model mom to her own kids but a beloved surrogate one to countless lost souls in Salem.</p>
<p>As if it wasn’t bad enough that Mommie Dearest played favorites with her kids — fawning over the vile Stavros — she tried to murder his brother Stefan and ordered the execution of their sister Irena!</p>
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