The Forced and the Tiresome
When I'm watching B&B, I frequently have to remind myself that these Spencer men are supposed to be great heartthrobby catches. And when I remember that, I realize that I'm just not living in the same paradigm B&B is asking me to and so it is inevitable that I'm going to spend many of my viewing hours frustrated, lost, disoriented, and baffled. Or, you know, with bile rising in my throat every time a Spencer dude appears on screen. Which means a lot of bile for ole Weezie here because they are daily fixtures, especially Liam. Liam is currently in a committed relationship with one woman and spending much of his free time talking about the problems he's having in said committed relationship with another woman who refuses to let go of him (and at this point, who can blame her? He's given her zero indication that he's done with her). Oh and yesterday we got the, "Oh in the good old days when Liam and Steffy were together they had such great times! He never laughs with Hope!" treatment, equipped with goofy facial expressions just in case we hadn't gotten the anvilicious point yet that Steffy is now the one Liam is thinking of as low-maintenance (ha!).
Oh that Steffy, she's so laid-back and fun and never has any issues! He should really go back to the way it was before, when he was "happily" married to Steffy and constantly sitting around playing sappy montages of Hope in his mind. Or, you know, in his margarita. Cha cha cha, y'all!
I have a sinking feeling we're in for years (and possibly decades) of this idiot bouncing back and forth between these two supremely irritating young women. If only he were somehow written as someone worth fighting for.
Of course with DNA like Liam's got, he's really got to fight against nature to de-douchify himself. Because God Bless America is Bill Spencer an ass.
Bill: So it doesn't surprise you at all that Hope is seeing a psychiatrist?
Steffy: Bill, I don't want to talk about Hope and Liam, not at his office and not at their home.
Bill: It's your home. You're still married. And why is she seeing a shrink anyway? She got the man. She won... for now. She should be doing cartwheels. Instead, she, she's having mood swings and taking anti-anxiety medication. There's something wrong with this girl, and I don't think it's going to get better. [Yes, because everyone knows that once the man you're interested in chooses you, there is never another reason to have another problem ever and life is perfect from then on! --Ed.] I've said it till I'm blue in the face. Hope isn't right for Liam. But I don't wish ill on her. I also don't want her bringing my son down. Having said that, this is great news for you! She's poppin' pills! She's seeing a shrink. I mean, this is how Hope handles stress?
To Steffy's (and the show's?) credit, she has at no point indulged this whole "OMG someone who sees a shrink is a lunatic!" silliness that Bill is so fond of (and even brought up that her mother's a psychiatrist and therapy is a perfectly normal thing). That will change, I'm sure, once the addiction component comes to light but considering Bill knows nothing about that, he's basically just all pig.
And of course now Hope is knowingly taking black market pills. I realize she was already addicted and that's now the issue, but it did not give her one moment of pause. Way to give the characters no nuance whatsoever, show!
On the bright side, Amber (and her reckless stupidity) is still cracking me up (Adrienne Frantz is really at her best when portraying this kind of guileless menace), and there was a five-second Oliver sighting!
I can't help it, I just think he's adorable (despite the heebie-jeebies I get whenever he shares a screen with Brooke because... well, we all know the memories that elicits) and I do not understand why a show that puts its youth brigade front-and-center still leaves this fella on the backburner.
But again, I'm not living in the same paradigm B&B expects me to, so it's only natural that I don't understand!