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Deconstructing B&B: Plots With More Holes Than Swiss Cheese

September 30 - October 4

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The Bold and the Beautiful has had some excellent dramatic confrontation scenes but I’m doing a lot of eye-rolling at the stories right now.

Their night together

Shauna making an idiot of herself stalking and swooning over her ‘night with Ridge’ was on my last nerve. However, Bold and Beautiful is not known for being subtle, and obviously the obsessing is a means to an end. It was interesting (and icky) that Thomas used his influence as a Forrester to persuade Danny to tell Brooke about Shauna spending the night with his father, considering Thomas isn’t even allowed at the company right now. It worked, of course, as Brooke trucked over to Bikini Bar to get Ridge’s belt (please) and reacted to the revelation exactly as hoped for by Thomas, who lurked and smirked in the nearby ficus tree. Thomas’ next stop was to pop by Shauna’s (what nerve considering his threats to Flo) and let her know it was open season on his father…at least as far as he was concerned. That was followed up by a Shauna and Brooke showdown that was a good deal of fun. As noted in the last Deconstructing B&B, the writing is just so clearly on the wall

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Full of holes

Brooke and Ridge had an epic, two-episode showdown over him ‘spending the night with Shauna’, and keeping quiet about it. He was pretty sheepish and there’s no doubt he would have got off with nothing worse than maybe a night on the couch if he wasn’t so obstinate where Thomas was concerned. This is where the storyline becomes full of holes though. Why are Brooke, Hope and Liam the ones looking out for Douglas’ welfare? Why aren’t Caroline’s mothers, Taylor, or Steffy in the picture and taking responsibility for him? Why is Ridge making decisions about this without all the facts? Brooke didn’t inform him about her run-in with Thomas, nor did Ridge bother to talk to Douglas about his experience with his father even after he heard the boy had been yelled at. All these nonsensical gaps in the story to facilitate Ridge moving out, a fracture in the marriage, a custody conflict, and Ridge not getting Thomas the help he needs so he can continue to play the villain. I also didn’t like Ridge pushing Steffy to forgive Thomas. It’s not that I don’t love the drama surrounding all of this – I absolutely do. Watching Brooke scream at someone is worth the price of admission alone, it’s just I wish it wasn’t so dumbed down sometimes.

Waiting game

Katie’s scenes with Will were emotional as he admitted he worried she wouldn’t come home. Ugh, tear-jerker. Also, as more donors were ruled out we inched closer to Flo’s redemption.

These are my opinions on the show. Please share your thoughts in the comment section.

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