Placing Blame and Self-Effacing Lies
I know that Brooke is the big trashy inappropriate naughty one, historically, but I'm finding myself a little baffled by the fallout from the big "Brooke and Thomas had sex on the island" lie on The Bold & the Beautiful (by the way, did anyone else find it hysterical that they kept calling it "making love?" I'm pretty sure hallucinogenic/aphrodesiac-inspired sex would not be considered "making love" by any standards, but okee dokes). We've got Stephanie swearing to Thomas that this will help heal their family and bring them closer together because Ridge will never be able to get past it, and will therefore never be able to make things work with Brooke. So somehow, "Dad, I banged your wife" equals a closer and healed family? If the idea is that Brooke magically knew what she was doing despite being drugged and having no idea what was actually going on, how exactly is Thomas absolved? I mean I'm not new to soaps here, so naturally the woman is going to get more of the blame than the man in the situation, but all of it?
Also, all of this vowing to get Brooke out of the family -- isn't she the mother of, like, half the family? She and Ridge share two children, one by adoption, and she's also mother to two of Eric's kids, isn't she? So how exactly is this going to excise her from their lives forever? (Wait, and doesn't she have a son named Jack? Where is he?)
And...how do I put this delicately? I feel sad watching Hunter Tylo because of what she's done to her once breathtakingly beautiful face and so I feel guilty saying anything at all, but that big showdown between Taylor and Brooke today was so uncomfortable to watch because...I mean I don't really what to say about that scary squeaky thing Katherine Kelly Lang does with her voice when she's upset, but to give credit where it's due, I do believe her. I believe that Brooke's madly in love with Ridge, I believe that she's horrified by what Thomas has said she did, and I believe she's appalled and disgusted by herself. As for Taylor?
I don't believe a thing. Obviously it's a handicap to not be able to move her face, but she seems to compensate for that by moving her head -- a lot -- while her arms stay gracelessly at her sides.
Maybe it's because I'm used to covering One Life to Live, where so many of the actors also do stage work where you can never succeed with talking-head-style acting, but it's just so hard to watch. It's even worse when the elbows stay at her sides and she just gestures from there -- I used to tell acting students they should always avoid "duck" gestures like that. I won't pretend it's easy; back in my acting class days it was one of my biggest struggles. I remember bursting into tears when I first heard Nina's monologue from The Seagull where she talks about how she failed as an actress because she didn't know what to do with her hands and... whoa. Fleet Week is starting to make me lose my mind. I'm supposed to be snarking on a soap opera and now I've brought Chekhov into it, which is ridiculous. The point is, dammit, it was an insanely awkward showdown, as showdowns go! The awkward quotient was certainly not helped by the fact that there were long, clumsy pauses:
Taylor: How can you live with yourself? How can you not be horrified?
Brooke: I am. I am horrified.
(Brief pause, while Taylor revs up and takes a deep breath.)
(Long pause as Brooke's eyes dart around a bit and she turns
Brooke: It makes me physically ill, to think that something could have happened with me and Thomas.
(Brief pause as Taylor smirks. She smirks by expelling
breath, not by moving her mouth into an actual smirk, for
I don't believe it happened. I don't.
(Very long pause.)
Taylor: Well, it did. And you made it happen, Brooke. You need to just admit it to yourself; you destroyed Ridge's son. I mean really, how can he ever have any hope of having a healthy, loving relationship with a woman one day?
(Weird, awkward pause.)
You did that, Brooke. You took it from him!
I mean, with all due respect, shouldn't Taylor be thrilled right about now? Doesn't she want Ridge to be single? And she shouldn't worry her pretty little head about Thomas. Her son doesn't look thirteen to me. I'm pretty sure he'll be okay with the ladies. His friends will think he's the coolest guy alive -- he banged his stepmother! (Wait, does he have friends? Is that a thing on this show?)
I did love Taylor calling Brooke a "serial seductress." I think my new mission in life will be to have someone call me that one day. High praise indeed!