Three Cheers For Soapy Reactions
The fast-tracked demise of our beloved genre is sad for so many, many reasons. There are daytime serial tropes that really exist only in this milieu, and I'm going to love them for all they're worth while we've still got them. Today's The Bold and the Beautiful gave us a slew of them, but at the top of the list was the random, out-of-nowhere, "I was happy with my current wife two weeks ago but now we're separated," lightning-fast marriage proposal in order to "reunite" a family... a family with exclusively adult children, I might add. (In fact, Ridge -- the proposing Lothario in question -- actually does have minor children, but no matter!)
No matter that one of his adult sons he's working so hard to "do right by" by reuniting this family was 50% of the (alleged) act that made him decide his wife is perverse and beyond redemption (although he certainly doesn't treat Brooke as though he thinks that about her... dude's all over the place!). Who cares? The important thing is that seductive women don't sex up his adult, heavy-on-the-chiseled-features, sexually active son, because when that happens? They are evil! His son is just a baby and a victim!
But the other daytime serial trope that got the best moment in today's episode? The "I announce to my loved ones the ridiculous, hyperbolic thing I've done!" moment.
Brooke (to her sisters): I did something on that island after I ate the berries. And it was horrible and so... perverse. I'm sorry, I -- I -- I can't even tell you, I'm so ashamed.
Katie: Honey, we are your sisters, you can tell us anything!
Donna: Please, Brooke! Please. I mean we're gonna find out -- please!
Brooke: I slept with his son!
Spec-freaking-tacular. (And damn I love Heather Tom.)
Dear Soaps, Please never die. I love you so!