Bold & Beautiful Producer Promises That ‘This Is the Week’ — Plus, Everything We Know (and Suspect) About the Big Twist
“Get your popcorn popped and be ready… ”
Tensions are rising, threats are being made and viewers are on the edge of their seats as this week, The Bold and the Beautiful prepares to shock fans with a twist they say will change the show forever.
We first heard about the game-changing plot back in late January, when supervising producer Casey Kasprzyk teased viewers of the weekly Bold Live chatfest. “I’m not allowed to talk about storyline,” he said at the time, “but let me just say, in about two months’ time, The Bold and the Beautiful will never be the same.”
Flash-forward two months and… well, it appears the time has finally come. “Get your popcorn popped and be read for this week ahead,” he told Bold Live viewers, referring to the episodes currently unspooling. “As long as we don’t have any [preemptions], this is the week.”
In other words, after weeks of speculation, we’ll finally know both what he was talking about and whether the twist lives up to the hype.
So far, little is known about the shocker, although it seems safe to say it will involve Sheila. After all, despite the former nurse’s claims to have turned over a new leaf, we’ve seen her slowly unraveling, particularly since making the huge mistake of letting slip to Thomas the fact that she pushed Brooke off the wagon.
Given that the soap tapes weeks in advance, cast members are obviously clued in to what’s about to go down… and they’re shook. “When I turned the page of the script and saw what’s going to happen,” original cast member John McCook (Eric) told Kasprzyk, “I just flipped out.”
This came on the heels of Krista Allen (Taylor) suggesting that viewers “are going to go nuts” when they find out what’s in store.
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One thing we know won’t be happening, despite several fans suggesting it might be fun: a time jump. (“We could go back and I’m still married to Stephanie,” equipped McCook before acknowledging that the show will not be going “forward or back, or even sideways,” in time.
So what, exactly, will be happening? While the truth will only be known once the episode airs, leading speculation is that a character will be biting the dust. And while many (including us) have speculated that the victim might be Ridge, odds makers are now suggesting that Steffy’s husband, Finn, will be the one to meet a grim fate.
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Certainly the writing seemed to be on the wall when Steffy put her quest for the truth about Sheila’s connection to Thomas on hold in order to share a romantic evening with her spouse. When Finn declared “we have a great life together, and we have so much to look forward to,” alarm bells went off for many viewers. Others felt his fate was sealed when Finn repeatedly said he would “do anything” to keep his wife and their children safe.
Others, however, think Sheila, not the son with whom she’s recently-reconnected, will be the one to bite the bullet. Others feel as if Thomas’ efforts to reunite his parents by keeping Sheila’s secret will bite him in the proverbial butt. And we’re still not entirely convinced that Ridge will survive the week. But what do you think?
Check out all the people with motives to kill Sheila and pick your favorite suspect from our photo gallery.
<p><strong>Why She Would Kill Sheila:</strong> To protect Hayes from the walking nightmare that is his Maw Maw, obviously. On top of that, the baby’s mom could consider a switchblade to Sheila’s heart — or empty chest cavity, anyway — payback for Finn’s “death” and her own shooting. <strong>Why She Wouldn’t Kill Sheila:</strong> Having seen how close ex-husband Liam came to being separated from his family after turning Vinny into Poor Dead Vinny, Steffy would probably think twice before committing a crime that could get her sent up the river and away from her kids.</p>
<p><strong>Why He Would Kill Sheila:</strong> The woman singlehandedly pushed his wife Brooke off the wagon and into ex-lover Deacon’s arms, in so doing, taking a wrecking ball to the couple’s “destiny.” On top of that, it was Sheila who landed his daughter in a coma. <strong>Why He Wouldn’t Kill Sheila:</strong> Ridge has too much to lose, from yet another chance with Brooke (and/or Taylor, depending on the week) to his future doting on his grandkids. </p>
<p><strong>Why She Would Kill Sheila:</strong> Look at that face! Sheila did that! She spitefully blew up “Bridge,” thinking that if she reunited Ridge with Taylor — her onetime “murder victim”! — she’d stand a better chance of being invited to family dinners. <strong>Why She Wouldn’t Kill Sheila: </strong>Gloating is more Brooke’s m.o. So she’s less likely to put Sheila six feet under than sling well-deserved mud in her direction.</p>
<p><strong>Why He Would Kill Sheila:</strong> It was bad enough when Sheila messed with Brooke and her sobriety, but then ol’ nutso went and strong-armed her crush into letting her crash with him despite the fact that doing so violated his parole. <strong>Why He Wouldn’t Kill Sheila:</strong> Having <em>just</em> gotten out of jail, Deacon isn’t looking to do anything that will get him sent back. Well, anything but harbor a known criminal like his gal pal.</p>
<p><strong>Why She Would Kill Sheila:</strong> Hey, turnabout is fair play — and the unhinged harpy <em>did</em> once “kill” Taylor (Hunter Tylo here). Plus, the shrink already has a history of taking aim in defense of her daughter. Remember, she opened fire on Bill Spencer after he used Steffy’s vulnerable state to get Liam’s then-wife into bed. <strong>Why She Wouldn’t Kill Sheila:</strong> Though in recent years, Taylor hasn’t always seemed like she’s been shuffling a full deck, since Krista Allen took over the role, the character’s been a lot less, um… wiggy.</p>
<p><strong>Why He Would Kill Sheila:</strong> Having realized the depths of depravity to which she’s willing to sink, he might conclude that offing her is a dirty job, but somebody’s gotta do it. <strong>Why He Wouldn’t Kill Sheila:</strong> She’s the last thing on Thomas’ mind now that he’s decided that he wants to step up and be a better father to Douglas.</p>
<p><strong>Why He Would Kill Sheila:</strong> Simple — to protect his family. He wanted to give the (Worst) Mother of the Year the benefit of the doubt, but she worked overtime to prove that she didn’t deserve it. <strong>Why He Wouldn’t Kill Sheila:</strong> We would have said that Finn doesn’t have it in him. But that was before Sheila cast him in a mother/son remake of <em>Misery</em>.</p>
<p><strong>Why He Would Kill Sheila:</strong> She “killed” Finn, simple as that. Add in the fact that his past with Sheila dealt a fatal blow to his marriage to Li, and we’d be surprised if he wasn’t already (cemetery) plotting. <strong>Why He Wouldn’t Kill Sheila:</strong> There’s almost no reason why he wouldn’t, aside from a reluctance to do time.</p>
<p><strong>Why She Would Kill Sheila:</strong> To avenge Finn’s near-death and ensure that Sheila doesn’t come any closer to burying their son than she already has. <strong>Why She Wouldn’t Kill Sheila:</strong> Once, we would’ve said that murder just doesn’t strike us as Li’s style. But that was before Sheila “killed” her.</p>
<p><strong>Why He Would Kill Sheila:</strong> We could well imagine the Forrester family’s patriarch feeling so guilty for having brought the sinister scheme weaver into their lives in the first place that he might take it upon himself to remove her from the equation — permanently. <strong>Why He Wouldn’t Kill Sheila:</strong> Eric is basically a good guy. Yeah, he thinks with his zipper a bit too much, but down deep, he’s a decent fella. Albeit the kind who can get so mad that he might try to run down the object of his rage (as he did Deacon after he broadcast his deflowering of Eric’s daughter, Bridget). On second thought, maybe he really <em>would</em> take a shot at exterminating Sheila!</p>
<p><strong>Why She Would Kill Sheila:</strong> Hope’s the longest of long shots, we’ll grant you. But Liam & Co. already look at her dad like… well, <em>this</em>. So to protect Deacon from Sheila’s negative influence — and eliminate her as an extra reason for everyone to mistrust him — Hope might doff her halo and do the unthinkable. <strong>Why She Wouldn’t Kill Sheila:</strong> That’s <em>Hope</em> that we’re talking about. Don’t be silly. It’s unthinkable. Or <em>is</em> it?</p>
<p><strong>Why He Would Kill Sheila:</strong> He’s with Hope. He loves Hope. He’ll always love Hope. But he also loves Steffy, and knowing that Sheila “widowed” her nemesis and tried to blow her <em>all</em> the way away, Kelly’s dad could, as he has in the past, act impulsively. <strong>Why He Wouldn’t Kill Sheila:</strong> Let’s be real. Liam fainted after <em>accidentally</em> turning Vinny into Poor Dead Vinny. He doesn’t have a murderous bone in his body.</p>
<p><strong>Why He Would Kill Sheila:</strong> In order to protect Steffy — the woman he’s loved awkwardly as both a daughter-in-law and a bedmate — he might drop a house on the wicked witch. <strong>Why He Wouldn’t Kill Sheila:</strong> If the whole Poor Dead Vinny sitch taught him that he prefers pinstripes to prison stripes, Bill might sooner rent out Justin Barber’s cage to imprison Hayes’ granny.</p>
<p><strong>Why He Would Kill Sheila:</strong> It would take a lot to turn the president of the I Heart Sheila Fan Club against her. If, however, he finally woke up to the fact that she’s nuttier than a jar of Jiff, he <em>could</em> attempt to atone for some of his aiding and abetting by ensuring that she couldn’t hurt anyone again. <strong>Why He Wouldn’t Kill Sheila:</strong> There are dogs that are less devoted to their owners than Mike is to Sheila. So it’s easier to picture him doing life for her than ending <em>her</em> life.</p>
<p><strong>Why She Would Kill Sheila:</strong> For one thing, it would be a terrific plot twist to have Sheila’s long-lost daughter with James Warwick sneak back into town and keep Mom from adding to her litany of sins. And it would make sense, too, seeing as the last time Mary was on the canvas, she read Sheila for filth for trying to fill her mind with the sorta malevolent nonsense that’s made the supervillain persona non grata on not one but two soaps. <strong>Why She Wouldn’t Kill Sheila:</strong> Because committing a murder would make Mary the last thing she ever wanted to be — just like her mother.</p>
<p><strong>Why He Would Kill Sheila: </strong>Being one of her spawn set his life down a one-way path that was marked at every turn “dead end,” “dead end,” “dead end.” Perhaps all these years since he last passed through <em>The Young and the Restless</em>, he’s been dreaming up ways to “thank” her. <strong>Why He Wouldn’t Kill Sheila:</strong> Unlike Mom, Ryder wasn’t really bad, he was just drawn that way. Plus, portrayer Wilson Bethel is pretty busy these days starring in primetime’s <em>All Rise.</em></p>
<p><strong>Why She Would Kill Sheila:</strong> To once and for all get a good night’s sleep. For crying out loud, the <em>Young & Restless</em> heroine has been stalked and terrorized on not one but two shows by Sheila, and repeatedly thought that her tormenter had been sent back from whence she came — hell — only to discover that rumors of her death had been greatly exaggerated. <strong>Why She Wouldn’t Kill Sheila:</strong> For the moment, at least, Sheila seems preoccupied with Finn and Hayes. So Lauren might not want to draw attention back to herself, should an attempt on Sheila’s life not succeed.</p>
<p><strong>Why He Would Kill Sheila: </strong>Once, his dark side was almost as wide as Sheila’s. Were he to learn that she was on the loose again, he might take it upon himself to revert to his wicked ways just long enough to protect wife Lauren from getting whiplash from looking over her shoulder all the time. <strong>Why He Wouldn’t Kill Sheila:</strong> Honestly, the only reason we can think of is that no one on <em>Bold & Beautiful</em> has tipped off anybody on <em>Young & Restless</em> to Sheila’s resurrection. It’s called a phone, people!</p>
<p><strong>Why He Would Kill Sheila:</strong> That it would thrill fans of <em>The Young and the Restless</em> would be a good enough reason. In addition, though, Paul, as well as anyone, knows what Sheila is capable of. He’s seen what she’s put his ex Lauren through. And if he thought that he could discreetly pop into and out of L.A. to ensure that Sheila never does that to anyone else, Genoa City’s top cop might consider it the ultimate good deed. <strong>Why He Wouldn’t Kill Sheila:</strong> It might be awfully tricky for him to justify to straight-arrow wife Christine.</p>
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