Bold & Beautiful’s Steffy Forgot Finn, But May Have Remembered Sheila’s Secret — Plus, We’re Ready For a Quinn/Carter Reunion
Everything old was new again this week on The Bold and the Beautiful as Steffy staked a claim on Hope’s husband, Brooke butted heads with Taylor, and Quinn’s visit with Carter reminded us of just how good they were together. But unless I miss my mark, the next thing to make a comeback is going to be a certain piece of art…
Say It Again
We talk a lot about how repetitive this show’s dialogue is. When the writers find a word or phrase they like, they beat it into the ground, and this week was no exception. On Wednesday’s episode, the word “husband” was used 13 times by the various players in the Steffy story… and that’s not including the times it was said by Carter or Quinn in their scenes that same day.
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We cut back and forth from Steffy calling Liam her husband to Brooke and her daughter discussing that he is, in fact, Hope’s husband. Even a person who had never seen a soap before, let alone this one, would have been able to figure out the plot the first time, let alone the fifth or sixth. But man, they were determined to hit that one note until our collective ears bled.
What makes this particularly annoying is that the vast majority of viewers aren’t new. They were not only able to follow the plot, they predicted it two weeks ago. That’s perhaps my biggest complaint about Bold & Beautiful: It refuses to acknowledge the intelligence of its audience.
Best & Worst
When this show is good, it’s great. It plays romantic beats and dramatic twists like nobody else. Sheila killing her own son? Taylor nearly falling off the roof, only to be saved by Sheila? Heck, even Steffy believing she’s still married to Liam is a fun, soapy (if wildly predictable) plot. Plus, as we’re seeing play just outside Steffy’s hospital room, it gives Brooke and Taylor another opportunity to butt heads.
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Speaking of whom, it was a little tough not to be #TeamTaylor in this case. After all, she was arguing that her daughter’s emotional well being was at stake while all Brooke could counter with was, “Yeah, but Liam is married to my daughter.” Brooke wound up coming off as kinda unsympathetic toward a woman who’d lost her husband and was still recovering from a brutal attack.
“I Do… Not Want This!”
But these strong moments are undone by endlessly repetitive dialogue in which the same points reiterated over and over, often several times in a single episode.
And then there are the plots which make no sense whatsoever. That’s right, I’m looking at you, Carter and Paris. This entire story has become about Paris’ would-be boyfriend and mother acting as if she has no free will at all. “If Zende proposes to you,” said Carter, “and he will, you should accept.”
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Why? The whole reason Paris got together with Carter was because she didn’t want to tie herself down, let alone to Zende. Why are we now acting as if not only is Zende the love of her life (even if she doesn’t realize it), but that she absolutely must get married? It’s as if Paris is being punished for having the audacity to suggest she wanted to live a little before tying herself to any man.
Friends & Lovers
That said, if they pushed Paris out of Carter’s orbit in order for Quinn to re-enter, I’m all for it. I didn’t really get the point of the Carter/Quinn scenes this week, but they were far better than the nonsensical ones we’ve gotten involving his relationship with Paris. It was interesting to hear Quinn say that Eric is spending a whole lot of nights sleeping in the guest house, although as always, I wish they’d have shown us instead of told us.
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But that’s another of this show’s bad habits: We only spend time with couples when they are in the midst of a crisis. When’s the last time we saw newly-engaged Flo and Wyatt? When they show up at some point breaking up because Wyatt’s spending too much time at work or Flo’s caught up in some drama, I hope we’re not supposed to feel invested in their relationship.
Give Us the Beats
Even the major storyline that is being played has centered almost exclusively on four or five characters. Where are Finn’s parents? Shouldn’t they be concerned about daughter-in-law Steffy’s condition? It would make sense for them to tell the Forresters that while they’re all at the hospital worrying about Steffy, they’re going to take care of Hayes… which of course would infuriate Grandma Sheila.
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And why, when Liam brought Kelly to the hospital, didn’t we see scenes in which he tried to explain to the confused little girl that she shouldn’t mention her baby brother or new stepdaddy? There are so many big, wonderfully emotional beats waiting to be played, but instead we get Steffy saying “husband” 13 times for those who weren’t paying attention.
• Exactly what kind of doctor is Bridget? Not so long ago, she was helping Taylor and Nick get pregnant with Jack. (Talk about forgotten characters!) Now, she seems to be singlehandedly handling Steffy’s case. Then again, she was also once a fashion designer, so I guess she’s a Jill of all trades.
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• I can’t help hoping that before Steffy is released from the hospital, someone digs that black-and-white portrait of her and Liam out of storage and sticks it back up on the wall. You know I love this show’s obsession with portraits!
• Why was Sheila, but not Taylor, in the room when Baker was questioning Steffy? I mean, obviously, it was to create suspense and give us all those close-up shots of the women’s eyes so we — like Sheila — would wonder if perhaps Steffy had remembered. But given that Ridge had just tried to push Sheila out of the hospital, it seemed ridiculous that he’d even consider letting her hang out during the questioning.
Hit the road with your favorite soaps as we take a look at the greatest location shoots and vacation storylines to unfold on daytime over the years… including some of those awesome Bold & Beautiful remotes!
<p>For a little while there, Monte Carlo was almost like <em>Bold & Beautiful</em>’s second home. A seaside resort for the wealthy, it was the perfect playground for the Forresters, Spencers and Logans. It had it all — beautiful buildings, beaches, yachts, people. So many beautiful people…</p>
<p>When Luke and Laura returned in 1993, <em>General Hospital</em> pulled out all the stops — a bombing in British Columbia, a jump from a stolen plane, a daring river rescue and then an even more daring waterfall rescue! We have no idea where this is (between Chicago and Port Charles?), but it looks like it would be great for whitewater rafting!</p>
<p>Ah, good ol’ NOLA. Who hasn’t wanted to visit the home of Mardis Gras and take in some of the raucous culture of the French Quarter? It’s certainly a change from Genoa City, Wis.! At least, we assume so. We suppose those benches look a bit decadent.</p>
<p>Anyone up for a staycation… with a twist? That’s what the folks of Salem got when they were fake-murdered and shipped off to backwards New Salem, aka Melaswen, back in 2004. It was identical to their hometown, except they got to wear Hawaiian shirts and frolic in tropical foliage! Strangely, no one wanted to stay.</p>
<p>Erica and Dimitri’s whirlwind romance took them to Budapest in the latter’s native Hungary, where they made love all night and performed, from the looks of it, <em>The Nutcracker Suite </em>in the city square. Oh, and Erica got kidnapped. Twice. Maybe scratch Budapest off the vacation list.</p>
<p>We’re certain that if you looked up “luxury” in the dictionary, this 2014 trip to Dubai would be pictured. Guided camel rides, extravagant hotels, high-octane cars and attempted murder by private helicoptor — this was a trip only the ridiculously wealthy could pull off! </p>
<p>Why does it feel like Victor is warning Ashley not to look at all the pretty sights during their 2008 visit to Paris? “Whatever you do, my dear, don’t turn around and make eye contact with that church. I think it’s following us.” “OK… But I’m pretty sure that’s just the Notre Dame Cathedral, Victor.”</p>
<p>Now <em>Days of Our Lives</em>, they did New Orleans right when Bo and Hope visited in 1984. Actually, they might have leaned into the Southern spirit a bit <em>too</em> much. Dressing up and making love on an old estate? Er, don’t play plantation owners on your vacations, folks.</p>
<p><em>General Hospital</em> pulled out all the stops when Ricky Martin was playing Miguel, even going on location to his native Puerto Rico to reunite the character with his long-lost lady love, Lily! And, well, we forgot where we were going with this. Does anyone have a fan handy? It’s suddenly feeling hot in here…</p>
<p>Admit it — Eterna is better than a theme park. Is it a real place? No. Is it a safe destination? Not even remotely. But those jumpsuits alone make this trip to Llanview’s great underground city worth the price of admission. Disclaimer: The price of admission could be death.</p>
<p>There’s nothing better than spending a romantic getaway with your fiancé on Italy’s Amalfi Coast. At least, Emily <em>thought</em> it was her fiancé. Royce suffered from a split personality, so it was kind of hard to tell.</p>
<p>The Florida Keys are a great destination spot — so long as you understand how the bridges connecting the islands work. Do not, for instance, do what Reva did while off her postpartum-depression meds and drive off an unfinished bridge. Always seek out the finished ones. </p>
<p>Some folks from Port Charles go on sun-drenched trips to places like Mexico and Puerto Rico, others to Mt. Rushmore. Terry fell into the latter category with her beau, Dusty, who was programmed to kill her, Anna and Robert… Some gals have all the luck. All the <em>bad</em> luck.</p>
<p>Hope (then Kimberly Matula) and Liam’s Italian wedding was never actually legal, so they both felt a bit like a heel when it was all over with. Then again, that might have just been because they were fake-married in the “heel” part of Italy. OK, OK, we’ll boot ourselves off the stage.</p>
<p>Hell: the vacation destination where you can get away from the cold and snow of the winter but not have to worry about the sun burning your fair skin like it might in more tropical climes. What’s not to love about it? Well, besides the whole eternal damnation thing.</p>
<p>We’ll just let you drink in this pic of Erica and Tom on their 1978 honeymoon in St. Croix. A honeymoon, we might add, that lasted… mm, almost as long as their very brief marriage. Heck, that <em>cocktail</em> almost lasted as long as their marriage!</p>
<p>What could be more romantic than proposing to your love right next to the canals of Venice? Neither <em>Bold & Beautiful</em> nor Thorne spared any expense on this vacation engagement. But maybe they should have since it ended up being a total waste when Brooke went running back to Ridge.</p>
<p>Carly and Bo headed south of the border for their 1991 wedding ceremony, which was pretty much entirely symbolic. Since they never bothered legalizing their union, we have a sneaking suspicion they just used “getting married” as an excuse to go paddle-boating in Mexico. Well-played.</p>
<p>OK, fine. So the show didn’t actually go to Hawaii. But they did stage their own version of the Tom Hanks classic <em>Joe Versus the Volcano</em> with Skye and Sharon, so we’ll be darned if this picture wasn’t making it in! Unlike in the Hanks movie, though, Skye did not get ejected from the volcano… RIP.</p>
<p><em>Bold & Beautiful</em>’s visit to Lake Como gave the folks a chance to take a dip in its gorgeous waters — whether they wanted to or not. But c’mon, how could Stephanie resist that invitation? It would’ve been shocking if she <em>hadn’t</em> pushed Sally into the lake!</p>
<p>Ericaland is a lot like Hollywood, what with that big sign and all, but in this place, everyone is named Erica and has egos the size of Australia. And that’s why Ms. Kane hailed a cab out of there as soon as she could. How’s a gal supposed to feel special in a place like that? “Taxi!”</p>
<p>Ah, back to beautiful Venice, the Floating City of Italy. Holden’s brother Seth took fiancée Frannie there on the most romantic of getaways. Or did he take Sabrina there? Eh, they were identical and he was engaged to both of Julianne Moore’s characters, so… same difference?</p>
<p>There’s nothing like a nice vacation to the Virgin Islands. Just look at that breathtaking view! The one drawback is that the hats don’t have tops. Oh, and Morgan’s husband gave Josh a beating when he thought the two of them were sleeping together. But that sounds more like a <em>Josh </em>problem than a St. Croix problem.</p>
<p>Fun fact: Italy’s picturesque Portofino is a gorgeous vacation spot that lies on the Gulf of Genoa. Maybe that’s why Stephanie looks so confused here. “Wait, Sally, are you saying we <em>aren’t</em> in Wisconsin?” </p>
<p><em>Young & Restless</em> did actually go to Hawaii for Danny and Christine’s lavish 1990 wedding. And they didn’t even have to sacrifice anyone to a volcano to make it happen! Oh, and the trip also featured Danny in a Speedo. Ah, the good old days!</p>
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