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Bold & Beautiful Just Jumped the Gun… and Left Us Wanting More, Thanks to the Sexiest Scene to Hit Daytime in Years — Plus, Setting Up Big May Sweeps Twists
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What a difference a day makes! I began writing this column on Thursday, and it was mostly about how The Bold and the Beautiful was having a decent, if uneventful, week. Pieces were falling into place for several storylines to have payoffs during May sweeps. Then Friday’s episode changed everything by having Quinn and Carter make love… so yeah, we have a lot to talk about!
Running Into the Fire
In the original version of this column, I was raving about how much I enjoy watching Rena Sofer and Lawrence Saint-Victor as a potential pair, adding that I really hoped the show didn’t — as is its way — rush things. Even as I was literally typing the words “I want longing glances and a slow burn,” Quinn admitted that Eric had once given her confidence and made her feel sexy. “I really want to feel that way again,” she sighed… and we were off to the races!
My first reaction was to shout, “No, it’s too soon!” But what followed was one of the sexiest scenes I’ve seen on soaps in years. The music was beautiful and the directing, seductive and sly (right down to those close-up shots of Quinn’s wedding ring as her hands caressed Carter’s muscles).
Did we all know this was coming? Of course we did. Did Bold & Beautiful rush the beat? Of course they did. Was it worth it? Hell, yes.
Here’s hoping that what happens next is less rushed, with Quinn and Carter dealing with the inevitable guilt even as they fight the urge to succumb yet again. Perhaps they enter into an agreement, telling one another it’s just sex, of course she loves her husband, this is completely separate…
Do you feel your heart beating just a little bit faster at the possibilities this storyline presents? That, my friends, is exactly what I want from a soap!
There was one line, spoken by Brooke in Thursday’s episode, which really summed up a lot of my issues with the way this soap tells stories. In talking about Hope and Liam’s relationship, Brooke said, “I don’t want you to let your past determine your future.”
I couldn’t help thinking, “There is literally no reason to believe that might happen, Brooke, because past actions mean absolutely nothing on this show.” Need proof? In that same episode, Brooke — sending one heck of a mixed message — told her daughter, “Liam did let you down, he betrayed your trust. But it was one awful night, honey, and he regrets it.”
No, no, no, no and also… no. It was not “one awful night.” It was yet another in a series of awful days and nights in which Liam turned to a woman other than his wife. Heck, what he did might have been less offensive had it been a woman other than Steffy. At least then it would have been a new mistake!
Guilty, Party of One
There wasn’t much in the way of movement where the Liam story was concerned… but we did get more of Don Diamont (Bill), Scott Clifton (Liam) and Darin Brooks (Wyatt), which is always a win in my book. Wyatt’s growing suspicion that he’s being kept in the dark adds a new element to the endless scenes of Bill and Liam discussing what happened to Vinny and why Liam does/shouldn’t feel guilty.
I’ve long said that one of the things this show does well is payoffs. I look forward to those even in stories that aren’t particularly well-paced or in which beats have been skipped. Here, Liam moving back in with Hope is annoying on numerous levels (not the least of which is that he’s done nothing to earn her forgiveness), but it’s a great set-up for him losing everything (yet again) when the truth inevitably comes out… most likely during May Sweeps.
But why aren’t we playing Bill and Katie at the same time? A few weeks ago, Bill was doing a full-court press (and I want full credit for correctly using a sports term) where his favorite ex-wife is concerned. As with the Liam/Hope story, the fallout where Vinny’s death is concerned would have a far greater impact if Katie and Bill have reconnected when the truth comes out.
Knowing this show, we’ll find out Bill and Katie have been dating for weeks and, at their big engagement party, Baker will show up to arrest both Liam and his dad.
• It struck me as sort of odd when Paris casually mentioned Quinn “pushing people into rivers” while talking to Zoe. How does she even know about that? Meanwhile, the fact that the siblings are now apparently besties is another example of the beats this show routinely skips.
• Why is Eric talking to Donna about his marital issues? Wouldn’t it make more sense for Brooke to be not only aware of them but not-so-secretly thrilled to see nemesis Quinn losing her grip on Eric? Hell, Brooke should be sending Stephanie’s portrait out for reframing and gleefully warning Quinn that her time as the Forrester matriarch is coming to an end!
• Whether because of vaccinations becoming increasingly the norm or changes in behind-the-scenes protocols, we’re starting to see characters stand closer and even occasionally touch. It’s subtle but a welcome reminder that the world is inching its way back to normalcy. That said, it’s worth giving a shout-out to everyone at all of our soaps for taking that whole “The show must go on” thing to heart. When we needed escape more than ever, they were there for us.
• I feel like we need to talk about the dress Hope was wearing all week. On second thought, perhaps we’ll just let the below poll results speak for themselves…
Okay, we need to talk about Hope’s Bo Peep outfit. Actually, let’s do a quick survey. Ready? #BoldAndBeautiful
— SheKnows’ Soaps (@soapoperafan) April 27, 2021
So if you can focus on anything other than that super-sexy Quinn/Carter scene, hit the comments with your take on the week. Then check out this brand-new photo gallery of the stars of Bold & Beautiful rocking the latest in Forrester Creations finery.