The Old and the Dutiful
Well, Steffy has finally signed the annulment papers. Hallelujah, this storyline is finally over!
Just kidding. We should be so lucky.
...was Liam's response to the news, I imagine this is far from over. Years from over, as if we've all committed some terrible, terrible crime against humanity and this is our punishment.
I'm going to have quite the headache if Liam fights Steffy on this. He's constantly impressed by her big turned-into-a-magnanimous-low-maintenance-saint-overnight turnaround lately, and I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if he just loves having both of these women on the hook. (Not that I don't welcome this change in Steffy. While I don't think Jacqueline MacInnes Wood is exactly the next Meryl Streep by any means, she's got presence and charisma and is a hell of a sport with some of the embarrassing material they give her ["Cha cha cha!"], so seeing Steffy evolve into a spitfire with ethics who doesn't get all scheme-y and pathetic over a loser like Liam would be a welcome change. I am not, however, holding my breath.)
In the meantime, we did actually get a good scene with some good dialogue (in this storyline?? I know, right?) in which Liam explained to Hope what his fears are regarding (a) her reaction to this whole business with the public scrutiny and (b) her prescription pill dependency. It had been irking me because anybody who pays attention to anything knows that addiction (albeit in this case a ridiculous lickety-split insta-addiction) is a disease that takes control of you and it takes a hell of a lot more than just one promise, saying, "I'll never do it again!" to get past it. Not magically de-addicting yourself on the very first try doesn't mean you're weak. (In today's "Duh!" news, if it were easy to quit, no one would have an addiction problem. Der.) And having your boyfriend totally jump ship and offer no support when you're only a few weeks in isn't exactly encouraging.
But they gave us a little more of a chance to hear Liam's point of view yesterday.
Liam: I love you. Of course I forgive you. But that's not really the point, is it? You know, it's trust. I mean, the...the way you've been acting lately, you've been acting like this -- this --this fragile, insecure, unstable little girl that my dad keeps calling you. And don't make him right. Don't make me wrong about you. And yeah, our lives have been stressful lately. But if you can't handle a bit of--of annoyance by the press, then what's it gonna be like when you're Mrs. William Spencer, III? Am I gonna be coming home to find you self-medicated? I mean, is that the married life that we have to look forward to? And what about when you're a mom and the stress that comes with that? How you gonna handle that? I mean, death, illness, tragedy happen, Hope. And if you can't cope with them, how am I supposed to marry you?
Fair enough. He's afraid for his future, afraid that it'll always be like this. And yes, she's seriously overreacted to the press asking her questions and calling her names, so I'll give him credit if his issue is the problem that led to the pills (rather than condemning her for life for a three-week pill dependency).
But then it all fell apart a bit. She swore she'd never take another pill and then...
Liam: That's good. What about confidence, huh? What about -- what about poise?
Poise? Seriously? I'm going to have to assume that Liam is just worried Hope might have a bladder control problem, because otherwise, really? He's admonishing her for not being poised enough? Is he a 1950's politician? I mean I can't exactly be shocked about his antiquated ideas about gender roles considering whose loins he sprung from. But good grief. DUMBEST LIVING HUMAN. And hint to Liam: if you want your girlfriend to feel confident about your relationship, stop flirting and making out with other women. Douchenozzle.
Y'all, I was in the shower this morning and had some insipid song in my head and couldn't figure out what it was. After a while, I realized (to my horror) that it was either the song they use for Hope/Liam montages or the song they use for Steffy/Liam montages. I have no idea which and I don't want to know (what difference does it make?), and I very much resent B&B for implanting it into my consciousness like that.
Although Steffy and Liam are still there, the Aspen story does seem to be winding down a bit and I'm deeply disappointed in the complete and utter lack of gondola. NOT COOL, SHOW.
So I know this show is hugely popular internationally (I have to assume mostly because it makes people feel good to watch Americans being really, really dumb?) and I was asking some of my overseas buddies if it plays in their countries because I was curious if any other English-language countries were into it (partly just human curiosity, and partly wondering if there might even be another country in which to promote our li'l blog here!). A South African friend told me it's huge there and it comes on at 6pm daily (doesn't that just seem like a wild paradigm, a soap coming on in the early evening?), but my favorite part was that apparently they don't shorthand it as B&B, but as "The Bold." And it's a big deal. The Bold! I love it. I'm calling it that from now on.
And there was your morsel of random trivia for the day!