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Why the Bill/Sheila Twist Is Everything Great and Terrible About Bold & Beautiful at the Exact Same Time

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You have to give Bold & Beautiful credit: While other soaps were hanging ornaments on trees and leaving you to wonder who might kiss whom at midnight on New Year’s Eve, this show was saying, “Hold my beer. We’re exiting 2022 with the biggest shocker of the year.” And that they did! 

… And Just Like That

Not gonna lie: I knew the Bill/Sheila twist was coming. I’m not saying I guessed at it, I’m saying I’d found out about it through sources… who I didn’t believe. In fact, I’m pretty sure I laughed in their face, only to have them shrug and say, “Okay, well, you call me after you’ve seen the scenes.”

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Then, one dark and stormy night, a shadowy figure appeared at the door only for a flash of lightning to illuminate Bill, coming to rescue Sheila. Quicker than I could say, “Well, I’ll be damned”, I realized why I should have seen this coming even before the twist was whispered in my ear: It’s a total Bold & Beautiful move.

Think about it: This show loves big reveals, especially where relationships are concerned. Remember when we found out that Eric had been hooking up with Quinn? Or that he’d rekindled things with Donna?

Playing Detective

In this case, the pieces were right there for us to see: Deacon repeatedly asked Sheila where she was sneaking off to. Sheila kept telling Deacon she had “access” to endless amounts of money, but played coy as to the source of those funds.

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Bill’s side of the story is where things sort of start to fall apart… at least so far. His recent trip to the dark side came out of nowhere. He went from being confident enough to make a play for Brooke and, when rejected, immediately turn around and say to her sister, “Did I say Brooke? I meant you, Katie.” That’s not the behavior of a man so down on himself to say, “You know what? If I can’t have one of them, I guess the only other option is to hook up with the nine-toed monster who’s terrorized people I love for decades.”

Nope. Not buying it. Which is why I think there’s definitely more to this story that we just don’t know about yet…

Is It Good Soap?

I saw a lot of people on social media throw up their hands at the Sheila/Bill twist, declaring, “That’s it. I’m out.” I kinda had the opposite reaction. I’m willing to see where this goes and, even if it is as clumsily written as it appears to be, at least it’s not yet another round of Hope/Liam/Steffy or Brooke/Ridge/Taylor or Blah/Blah/Blah.

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When I watch a soap, my No. 1 priority is that what’s happening on screen entertain me. Not a big ask. And I am without a doubt intrigued by what’s happening with this storyline. If the whole point is to get me to tune in tomorrow, mission: accomplished. And while it may require a suspension of disbelief, the story is at least based on human emotions as opposed to the height-changing masks everyone on Days of Our Lives seems to own, or the fact that Young & Restless has decided that everyone being CEO is somehow a plot.

Best & Worst

Since it’s the end of the year, I thought it’d be fun to share my favorite — and least favorite — moments, plots or trends to unfold on Bold & Beautiful over the past 12 months. I’ll be interested to read yours in the comments section…

Let’s hit my favorites first:

  • Whether Sanchez was whipping it out or the nutty nurse was handing out candies resembling it, Sheila’s toe provided us with a whole lot of laughs.Sheila toe B&B
  • Finn and Steffy’s reunion in Monte Carlo was about as romantic a moment as you could want, and gorgeously filmed. Chef’s kiss!
  •  We finally got a fashion show! More, please.
  • If Brooke and Taylor forming the She Woman Ridge Hater’s Club was awesome, and if they stick to it, could completely change this show.
  • I’ve always liked Sean Kanan’s Deacon, but I don’t know that he’s ever been as well fleshed out — here or on Young & Restless — as he is this time around. I’m still hoping for a Taylor/Deacon pairing.

And now, some of my least favorites:

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  • Matthew Atkinson is a fantastic actor, and Thomas is a sexy, young, rich guy. It’s way past time to rehabilitate the character and let him be the hot property that he surely would be in L.A.
  • I’ve long lamented the lack of competition for Forrester Creations, ala the days of Spectra Fashions or Jackie M. Why not solve two problems with one storyline by letting Thomas vow to prove himself (and get a little well-earned revenge) by starting his own fashion house?
  • If the writers promise to stop with the endlessly repetitive dialogue, I’ll give ’em a dollar. Each.
  • While we’re at it, please stop rushing things. It was downright ridiculous for Ridge to annul his marriage one day and literally propose to Taylor the next. Speaking of which…
  • Stop making the characters look like idiots for the sake of plot points.
  • Remember that dollar I promised to give each writer? I’ll double it if they agree to have a B story in each and every episode as opposed to one out of five.

Ready to relive all the highs and lows of 2022? Check out our Year In Review, where we’ll talk about who did what to whom… even when we can’t quite figure out why!