How Utterly Non-Soapy
Well done, The Bold and the Beautiful! I know it's hard when presented with psychotic-narcissist Steffy's very valid arguments of, basically, "Why are you telling me to feel compassion for someone who isn't me?! How does that even make sense? What is compassion for if not me?" but they managed to actually have a character spout some rational suggestions of empathy on today's episode.
Taylor: Steffy. Try to have some compassion for Katie, okay? This is going to be very hard for her, she's going to be blindsided, she's going to suffer loss when Bill tells her he's leaving her.
Steffy: (with a disgusted snarl) It shouldn't be that big of a surprise after the way she's treated him, Mom.
Taylor: Well, I can tell you as the woman who's been left, it's always a surprise and it hurts. A lot. Steffy, don't try to trick yourself into believing that Katie deserves to be hurt like this. Nobody deserves that.
Steffy: (looks at her mother like she's a crazy person for misunderstanding that everything is always about her)
Taylor: Steffy, I... I'm not trying to deny you being happy. It's just that everything that we've just gone through? And it isn't healthy to, to be happy about seeing Katie being hurt.
Steffy: (legitimately stumped by this whole "giving a crap about other humans" nonsense) But, but I'm happy. I'm happy because I'm in love!
Taylor: And that's what scares me. I know you're in love and everything seems wonderful, but I don't want you throwing your trust around. Steffy, you really have to be careful when it comes to a man like Bill. You have to keep your eyes open. Because I sure plan to.
And from that point on, basically Steffy made some truly cogent points about Bill totally loves her because he's leaving a Logan woman for her, which is totally the best thing in the history of ever and the most important thing in the world. It was gross, but it was also surprisingly refreshing to hear Taylor encourage human decency and also, you know, not doing a happy dance for having successfully broken up a marriage you set out to bust up. Ultimately, though, it just devolved into some business about how Bill is more trustworthy than Ridge, while across town Bill told Liam he's in love with Steffy (Why? WHY? She's hot and worships him, okay, but he honestly seems taken with her for something more than that and it seriously makes him look like a damn fool.) and then proceeded to take part in a vow-renewing ceremony with Katie in front of their families. He interrupted it toward the end, so we'll see how it plays out, but hey -- we got a few moments of sanity in today's episode and I'm not one to lack appreciation for little gifts.