The Bold & Beautiful Twist We Didn’t See Coming — Plus, Is the Show Preparing to Kill Off [Spoiler]?
February 7-11, 2022
If you’re feeling dizzy, it’s probably because this week’s Bold & Beautiful dialogue went in endless circles. By Friday, however, the plot had finally jumped forward with Ridge fully aware of what had gone down on New Year’s Eve. Turns out, he’s not a big believer in that whole “a kiss is just a kiss” thing… especially when the involved lips are attached to his wife and Deacon!
Spit It Out!
Early in the week, I joked on Twitter that the Taylor/Ridge dialogue would go a little something like this:
TAYLOR: Brooke spent the night with Deacon.
RIDGE: And by spent the night, you mean…
TAYLOR: Exactly what it sounds like.
RIDGE: What are you saying, Taylor?
TAYLOR: I’m saying that Brooke and Deacon…
RIDGE: What about them?
TAYLOR: They spent the night together.
RIDGE: What exactly does that mean?
Well, as it turned out, I wasn’t far off. It took Taylor two solid days to share with Ridge the fake news that his wife had “cheated” on him with Deacon. Ridge then ran home to confront Brooke, who had finally decided it was time to confess.
Hello, Pot? This Is Kettle…
While Taylor was figuring out new ways to not tell Ridge about his wife’s loose lips, Steffy was calling Brooke out for her bad behavior. I didn’t really get the point here, given that Steffy never said “I know what you did and you’re going down.” Instead, like mom Taylor, she sort of talked in circles while throwing Brooke’s past in her face.
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Now, to be clear, Brooke’s made more mistakes than me on my seventh grade algebra test. But it’s not as if Steffy has a whole lotta room to be throwing stones. After all, the paternity of both her children was called into question.
These scenes could have been a whole lotta fun if the writers had actually let each of the women cite actual examples of their various misdeeds instead of speaking in vagaries. Instead, it was basically Steffy browbeating Brooke, who sort of just stood there and took it.
With A Twist
What I definitely did not see coming was Ridge and Brooke actually behaving like rational, mature adults in the wake of her confession. “I don’t know why I keep sabotaging our marriage, but I do,” she admitted. “And I could understand if you want to walk away. But that’s not what I want. I want you. I will always be by your side. I choose you, Ridge.”
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His response? To admit that she’d let him down and hurt him before adding, “But you’re the love of my life. You’re my Logan.” That may not be as big and dramatic as him storming out and ending their marriage, but it actually tracks for this pair, given everything he has forgiven her for in the past.
Of course, that’s not the end of the story and next week the couple is going to hit another rough patch, but Friday’s episode was actually good, compelling soap that played on the history of the characters as opposed to the quick-hit of a plot point.
Something Wicked This Way Comes… Maybe
Two weeks ago, Bold & Beautiful supervising producer Casey Kasprzyk warned that something big soon would be hitting the soap. When Katherine Kelly Lang revealed that she’d recently had photographs taken for an updated opening credits sequence, I thought to myself, “Wait, is that the big change he was teasing?”
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I mean, I love opening credits (to the point of being borderline obsessed with them), but I was prepared to be annoyed on all of y’all’s behalf if that was it. However, upon taking a closer look at exactly what Kasprzyk said, I concluded that couldn’t be it.
“I’m not allowed to talk about storyline,” he said, “but let me say, in about two months’ time, [the show] will never be the same.” The key word there? “Storylines.”
Ever since, our staff has been trying to figure out exactly what might be coming down the pike. If I had to guess? It’s going to be the death of a major character… and I’m ready to do some wild speculating as to who it might be.
In order to truly change the show forever, it would have to be someone major. Sure, they could kill Sheila, but… well, been there, resurrected from that. Bad boy Deacon has certainly put a target on his back where Ridge is concerned, but the character isn’t really so vital to the canvas that his demise would be a game-changer.
So who do I think might be a dead man — or woman — walking?
Hear Me Out!
You want something that would truly impact the entire canvas? Ridge’s death would certainly do the trick. Brooke and Taylor would have to completely redefine themselves, perhaps even — dare I suggest — bonding in their mutual grief. Thorne could return, once and for all emerging from his brother’s shadow.
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Given that Ridge was co-CEO of Forrester, it would nicely set up a battle between his heir apparent, Brooke, and his daughter, Steffy. Remember, it wasn’t all that long ago that for a hot second, Brooke talked about wanting to sort of nudge her stepdaughter out of the corporate picture. If Ridge happened to be in the process of divorcing Brooke — but hadn’t yet made it official — the battles between Brooke and the Forrester clan might be even more heated!
Caught in the middle? Eric, who has always had a soft spot for Brooke. Heck, she might not even be above using his fondness, which would certainly raise the hackles of her nemesis, Quinn.
While I’d hate to lose Thorsten Kaye, I suspect another show would snap him up in a heartbeat. And honestly, just thinking about the storylines which could come out of so shocking a twist is thrilling.
But then I remember that this is the same show which promised a murder mystery and instead gave us Poor, Dead Vinny.
• I’m sorry, but did anybody else want to smack Carter for inviting Paris to a night she would never forget, creating a romantic setting, making out with her… and then saying, “Yeah, this can’t happen.” I will admit I’m no expert in the fine art of romance, but I’m pretty sure you’re not supposed to make somebody swoon on their way out the door… unless you want them to know what they’ll be missing.
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• Steffy and Thomas have officially regressed to the point of being toddlers. Between them high-fiving one another at the idea of their father’s heart being broken and Thomas’ imitation of Brooke, I wanted to send them both to bed without supper.
• I feel like we should all chip in and buy Sheila a subscription to a dating service. The woman is thirsty! She invited Deacon to her hotel room (while fingering the buttons on her blouse) with all the subtlety of Mae West saying, “Come up and see me some time.”
That’s my take on this week’s action, so let’s hear what you’ve got to say. Were you surprised by how (relatively) mature Ridge’s reaction was? Do you think I could be right about the big twist coming up? Share your thoughts in the comments section, then check out this fun gallery of couples the soaps tried to convince us were smokin’ hot when in reality, nobody was buying what they were selling!