Get It, Katie!
I have to confess that I've had a hard time getting my heart into writing about other shows after the loss of One Life to Live, but alas, life goes on. The Bold & the Beautiful hasn't exactly been making it easier, what with more of the tedious Steffy/Liam/Hope "triangle" that somehow involves everyone in town, random instant declarations of love from Nick to Donna (?), and... I'm not even sure what to think about the bizarre cross-promotion with Let's Make a Deal.
Then there's Katie.
Heather Tom has just been tearing it up the past few episodes. Katie knew something sounded just a little too perfect when she heard that Steffy magically turned up with a life-threatening condition right around the very second Liam told Bill of his intentions to leave Steffy and go back to Hope. She did some good digging and discovered that, indeed, Bill had faked the MRI results and paid off a bunch of people so that Liam wouldn't leave Steffy. Because really, when you're a swell guy who wants nothing but the best for your son, the best course of action is generally to make a young woman and her loved ones think she's facing imminent death. Class act, that Bill Spencer. What a catch, right?
And speaking of which, I've really been struggling to understand why Katie doesn't just unceremoniously dump his ass, and yesterday they did me the solid of making some effort to explain her thinking behind it.
Katie: This is why you need me, Bill. This is why you rely on me. Because you need me to prevent this. And because I'm the only person who really knows you and is still fool enough to love you. I'm the only one your money hasn't sucked the soul out of.
Bill: Except for having to deal with a couple of my somewhat challenging character traits, I don't think you find it all that much of a burden being Mrs. Dollar Bill Spencer, do you. [Oh my lord what an ass. --Ed.]
Katie: I'm sure that's what other people think. Mousy Katie Logan, rescued by marriage from insignificance. But we know differently, don't we. Because you came to me to be rescued. You chose me because you knew you were drowning and you knew I wouldn't let you. And I'm going to keep that promise, Bill. I'm going to play that part. All the lies, they're gonna stop. Today.
Now. Do I love it? I do not. Of course it would be wonderful if television were filled with strong women who always make the healthiest choices and... oh wait, no it wouldn't, because that would be boring as hell. So while I'd like to see Katie put a stiletto in her crap-ass husband's face, I also buy this completely. I may even be able to relate to it a little (No, not the part with the gobs of money or the part where I'd ever give a second glance to a man who actually refers to himself in the third person and includes a dollar bill, but the part where one might foolishly think oneself uniquely suited for someone else because they see and know their dark side better than anyone else. Oops.).
And how well did that work? Well, here's how well:
And off she went, locked in the attic to be prevented from telling the truth. Locked in the attic! I'm not even joking, y'all!
And even though it's appalling and he's a first-rate neanderthal in every way, this is so much more fun to watch than the nonsense with the youngsters. I'd much rather watch the grownups play. Romeo & Juliet is not considered a masterpiece because it's such a beautiful love story (ha!) between two idiot kids, it's a great play because of the rest of it and how they deal with what the idiots are up to. Hope and Liam are certainly no love story for the ages (despite Scott Clifton's considerable talents), and if I have to see another montage of the exact same love-y scenesbetween them one more time, I may hurl. And I still fail to see why this is a story about whether Liam should be married to Steffy or to Hope. How about nobody?! How in the world are any of these three people ready for marriage?! Chill out for half a second. Date! You're like nineteen!
Rant and rave over. And a big fat thanks to Heather Tom for making this show watchable after a series of dismal episodes, not to mention the improved writing over the last couple of days...