The Silver and the Anniversary
Happy 25th Anniversary to The Bold & the Beautiful! As much as I rail on the show, I really am thrilled it's still here -- it's a bit of an anomaly as the only half-hour soap still standing, and the youngest extant soap by a country mile. And it's part of a dying genre that I happen to love, so I always root for life!
As for the Silver Anniversary episode itself, I sheepishly confess I got a little choked up. I think with the semi-PTSD I have from recently experiencing the ends of All My Children and especially One Life to Live, whenever soaps get extra sentimental and load up on the flashbacks and the score becomes a reworking of the show's theme song, well, I flash back to series finales and my heart can't take it. And although B&B hasn't been "my story" for much of its run, it's the only one that has the unique distinction of my having watched the very first episode at the very moment it first aired.
Of course there's no need to get maudlin about it since B&B is going strong and at no imminent risk of disappearing, so we can rest assured that we will watch Hope, Liam, and Steffy stare at each other awkwardly for years to come while their family members wring their hands in the background.
Yesterday, thankfully, we got a respite from the show's perpetual storyline. Sure, they threw in a scene or two that assured us that they hadn't forgotten that that's the only story they're telling (just in case anyone tuned in and got disoriented), but for the most part we blissfully got just memories and dewy-eyed gushing.
Memories of some actual struggles of the family that probably had nothing to do with gondolas or boinkberries. Was anyone able to place this pre-Christmas scene? I coudn't remember the context. Help me out, long-timers!
And here they are today. I don't know about y'all, but I would like Katherine Kelly Lang's personal trainer and dietician to move in with me. Or maybe I'll just take over ownership of that portrait in her attic, it might be easier.
We also got a reminder or two of what we're missing. Oddly enough, I'd practically forgotten that even Thomas exists -- after the Triangle of Doom became the Quad of Doom for two weeks and then fizzled, he fizzled right along with it. And since Pam got busted for stealing designs, we'd seen hide nor hair of her since yesterday.
Also, Taylor and Thorne are apparently still dating, which... isn't this a soap opera? Isn't this the "love in the afternoon" genre? Why are they not showing us this relationship? Why can't these two try to take over FC or something? Anything? And Taylor and Stephanie fawning over each other only reminded me of how much they squander opportunities -- Taylor was heartbroken after what Stephanie did to her with the whole boinkberry fiasco and they never actually bothered to show us the road to that friendship being repaired. Kind of like how Liam forgave Bill for no reason (or an offscreen reason) and Steffy forgave Bill for no reason (or an offscreen reason) and Katie forgave... I'm seeing a pattern here. Can they not show us these paths to mended fences? What are the stakes in any storyline when we know the big reveals and confrontations are only going to lead to one or two days of heated scenes, and then back to the status quo with absolutely no rebuilding? Gah!
Oh well. I'll stop my griping for a second for the special occasion. Congratulations to the cast and the crew and the whole team for making it to 25 -- that is no small achievement!
And as for the final moment...
I'm going to take that wink to the audience as Susan Flannery telling us, "Y'all know we were just kidding about today. It's back to the Steffy/Hope/Liam Show tomorrow!"