The Lame & the Copout
Well, there it was. The big "good-bye."
And it's all over! The triangle is done! No more Liam and Steffy, and now we will move on to other storylines.
Just kidding! Nobody at B&B thinks the audience believes that, do they?
Look, I want to say nice things. I want to say, "Oh, how cool was it of B&B to show that a divorcing couple will always care about each other and let them actually take some time to reflect on and honor their marriage before saying goodbye!"
And I'd say that. If that's what they were doing.
To me, the most frustrating thing about the Liam/Steffy storyline (besides it being utterly ubiquitous) is that the show spent more time developing the connection and relationship between these two after they separated. Their reflections on their actual marriage ring so false because their marriage was a blip that consisted mostly of Steffy running around scheming, and Liam running around all wistful about Hope (when not actually kissing her or seeing her face in a margarita). So it's a bit difficult to buy their knowing little, "You're the only one who ever got my love of Bob Hope humor!" callback, since they only learned that about each other like two freakin' weeks ago. There's no question the actors are good together (and may I add that Jacqueline MacInnes Wood has improved leaps and bounds since this story began, and I've really enjoyed watching that trajectory), but they built this backwards. And frankly I still just want these young people married to no one and, you know, dating. Like people do.
Anyway, just in case anyone was worried that Liam finally manned up and made a decision that means this triangle might actually be over, worry no more. Liam didn't make the choice. Steffy made it for him after hearing the love in his voice for Hope. Which is great and character-building for Steffy (who I hope gets a better storyline soon because she has seriously grown on me), but leaves Liam in the passive role. He never had to make a choice and he totally gets away with it, because he remains a lame, waffling douchenozzle.
So of course now when Bill pulls whatever he pulls on Hope (which will have no consequences, since Liam and Steffy and Katie already forgave Bill in one day for setting it up to look like Steffy was dying) with Deacon (for whom episodes have already stopped taping -- ALSO LAME), if it ends up working at all, it'll just be Liam going back and forth between these women until the end of time. When you kill me, please be quick and gentle.
On the upside, we did get one final (?) "Cha cha cha" with extra slow delivery and emphasis and choked through tears. So at least I laughed?
Have a great day, y'all!