Bold & Beautiful Put Steffy Atop Sheila’s Hit List But Missed the Mark With Finn’s Death
Not surprisingly, this week’s episodes of The Bold and the Beautiful revolved entirely around the fallout from Finn and Steffy’s shooting. As a whole lot of furious fans vented about the fact that Steffy’s husband had been killed, Finn sort of became a non-entity in his own storyline. Meanwhile, at least one cast member gave a performance that can only be called stunning. Read on for more…
“Finn Didn’t Make It”
As the week began, most viewers pretty much assumed that Finn wouldn’t make it. But what really surprised me was how sort of casually the show let him slip away. No scenes of doctors at the hospital working to save a co-worker’s life. Heck, imagine if Jack — aka Finn’s doctor dad — had been seen forcing his way into the operating room, hoping against hope to save his son’s life.
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Instead, we had Bridget — who oh-so-conveniently happened to be working at University Hospital this week — serving as our only recognizable medical staffer. (More on Bridget in a moment… )
Finn Has Two Mommies
Li taking such a strong stance against the idea of Sheila seeing Finn was interesting in that it led to Taylor feeling sympathy for the she-devil. Heck, Li was so cold toward Sheila that even I felt sorry for the shooter for a second! But again, this was another set of scenes in which I couldn’t help feel robbed.
How could they not give us scenes of Sheila weeping over Finn’s unconscious, but not yet dead, body? Imagine cutting from Ridge’s beautiful speech about how when a child hurts, so does their parent to Sheila imagining the life she could have had — complete with fantasy sequences — if only she’d been allowed to be part of the family. That’s soap opera gold right there.
The Mirror Has Two Faces
Speaking of which… how incredible has Kimberlin Brown been? That scene in which Sheila looked into the mirror and howled in pain sent chills down my spine. And who else could make brushing her hair into riveting drama? I haven’t loved Sheila’s visit for the most part, mainly because until recently, the iconic daytime villain was reduced to hitting on Deacon and congratulating herself for switching labels on a bottle.
These past two weeks, however, have reminded all of us exactly what made Sheila such a fascinating character. I love that they didn’t have Brown do that soap thing where the character acts guilty in a way that the audience sees but the characters with whom they are speaking don’t. Does that make sense?
Take, for example, when Li said that whoever shot Finn had to be a cold, vicious monster. Rather than have Sheila flinch or react in any way, Brown remained stone faced. This was true when Deacon told Sheila that Finn had been shot, too. Brown played that scene as if Sheila really was hearing this news for the first time… which is how a sociopath like Sheila would play it. She’d have a total poker face!
Is Steffy Next?
Of course, the next phase of this story will revolve around Steffy’s recovery and how it will impact Sheila. Because, of course, should Steffy wake up and spill the beans, it’s game over for Finn’s mom. The teasers for next week indicate that Sheila might have at least a little bit of time, as it appears that Steffy will remain unconscious. But how long can that last?
Well, maybe longer than you think. After all, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood will eventually be taking her maternity leave. What better way to explain Steffy’s absence than by having her shipped off to a clinic which specializes in longterm care. You know, the kind of place that General Hospital‘s Lulu has been lingering in for ages now. Once Wood has the baby, Steffy could wake up and come home, raising the question of what she does and doesn’t remember from the night of the shooting.
Bridget’s visit is this show in a nutshell in that it is 100 percent plot driven. Is it nice to see Ashley Jones? Always. But instead of suddenly having Bridget “helping out” at the hospital the very day that Finn and Steffy got shot, wouldn’t it have made more sense to explain she’d asked for a transfer in order to help mom Brooke deal with everything going on in her life? They’d have gotten the same end result — Bridget being on hand for the shootings — in a way that would have both felt natural and not telegraphed what was about to happen.
• Anybody else find it odd that Brooke and Hope didn’t go to the hospital with Liam? It had already been established that the kids were spending the night with Donna. Certainly Brooke would want to be there for Ridge during this major trauma, no matter the current state of their marriage.
• Y’all know I’m a big advocate of B-stories. But I’m gonna let Bold & Beautiful slide this week because everything surrounding Finn’s death deserved to be front and center. Plus, the only real secondary story this show has right now is the Paris/Carter mess and the only thing that might possibly get me invested in that will be if and when Zoe returns.
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