The Bold and the Beautiful: Week In Review
Jumping into the middle of the Liam/Hope/Oliver triangle right now on The Bold and the Beautiful is a little hard to to because it seems so truly bizarre. Those of us who watch soaps are pretty used to its tropes and the beats of a triangle, but here we are in a situation where Hope is essentially dating both Oliver and Liam and trying to decide between them, and both of them are completely okay with it. To be fair, Liam is pulling a little harder for his side put this poor little cutie Oliver... I mean, what does he stand to gain from this? Is there something in it for him other than the heart of this girl? He just sits around in rooms with her while she talks about her feelings for Liam and waits for phone calls from him and actually has the nerve to use him as a sounding board. And yes, it's pathetic of him to sit around and take it, but if she had a little more decency it seems like she would just cut the poor kid loose. Is he more nefarious than he seems? I do realize he has a darker past but he seems to be on the level with this one, and it just feels off.
While I say that Liam is pulling a little harder for his side, I guess that's a stretch considering he basically just accepted getting dumped by text message and has already made out with someone else without even speaking to Hope about what's going on. But it sure is haunting him in hilarious ways!
These articulate, heartbreaking texts are literally hurling around the air assaulting him! (Scott Clifton continues to be a trooper.) He should totally sit around being confused about them rather than going to talk to Hope for clarification!
Meanwhile, Steffy continues to throw herself at Bill by trying to convince him that his wife doesn't appreciate him like she does (which, to his extreme discredit, seems to be working), telling him she's already his completely and that she doesn't care that he's married. Of course, by the end of that conversation she changed her tune and insisted that as long as he's with Katie, they've shared their last kiss, while also telling him he's a great man of commitment (though misplaced commitment, in her opinion) about five seconds after they were rolling around on the couch groping each other. I somehow doubt Katie would consider horizontal make-out sessions and confessions of love to be the kind of fidelity she'd hope for in a spouse. And I still must ask: except for the ginormous ego-stroking she provides, what exactly is it that Bill sees in Steffy? Jacqueline McInnes Wood is a knockout, no question, but I've been watching again for a month now and I have yet to see her make a facial expression. I mean I guess it runs in the family, but at least Taylor has a reason for not really being able to move her mouth. Shouldn't Steffy smile or laugh every once in a while? She's so dour! I mean I guess it's not the most cheerful thing in the world to run around trying to seduce your step-aunt's husband, but she does have a limited pool of options since just about everyone on the show is related (by marriage if nothing else).
And now what seems to be the primary story of May sweeps, people ate berries that they didn't know were poisonous, hallucinated, woke up with their clothes on and are FREAKING THE HELL OUT as if this is some shameful, terrible secret that will blow up everyone's lives. I can imagine the script outlines just have things like, "Thomas wants to keep the secret; Brooke wants to confess" and "X character tells Brooke or Thomas they should really open up about what happened on the island." And I'm not sure who wrote it but you just know someone got a high-five for that Ridge asking if Thomas had been talking to Brooke about Taboo (the design line) and she whispered, meaningfully and with a deeply unsubtle double entendre, "Yes, yes, it's taboo."
The upside? The berries have arrived in Los Angeles! Taylor added them to some lunchtime fruit salad and started hallucinating -- and this time it was terrifying!
Oh my sweet Jesus what did we do to deserve this? What did Taylor do to have such a horrifying vision?
Apparently these berries give different symptoms to different people. On the island, Brooke and Thomas were just fascinated by one another. In California, Taylor eats the berries and has creepy flashbacks to her ex-husband when his hair was even more seventies than it is today!
(Hmm. Maybe not so different from today's look:
It's just... has he ever been without the sideburns?)
And they very cleverly digitally inserted Taylor into old footage:
One of the things that I really do like about this show is that they are never trying too hard to be cool. (I think those of us who've spent years watching General Hospital are a little traumatized by a show that tries so desperately to be too cool for a soap.) Unless all that texting stuff is supposed to be cool? Oh I hope not.
And alas, another way the berries affect people differently in California: they made Taylor pass out in minutes (but not before making out with her husband while picturing her ex).
Poor thing! And poor Whipple. And speaking of Whip, this week they dropped Rick Hearst to recurring status. So I guess we see where the Taylor/Whip union is headed. Why oh why can soaps not seem to find a regular place for someone of Hearst's caliber? What exactly is not appealing about the whole "super-talented and hot" thing? This is something viewers do not enjoy? What am I missing?
And finally, why is it spelled "Dayzee?"
Whipple out (sadly, pretty much)!