The Slow and the Delaying
So after weeks and weeks of evil music and Bill alluding mysteriously to his big mustache-twirling plan to thwart Hope and Liam's wedding once and for all, after he got Alison involved and Justin involved and blackmailed a prison warden in Wisconsin to secretly release Deacon years before the end of his sentence, we finally got a little taste. A little chance to see part of his plan play out. Wait till you see how dastardly and brilliant it was!
He sent away Hope's ride to the church! HAS THERE EVER BEEN A MORE EVIL GENIUS?! Poor Hope! What can she do now? She's stranded! At a fully-staffed luxury hotel for millionaires! Her goose is cooked now, folks! Done and done.
Okay, I am seriously assuming there's more to come and this wasn't the end of the plan since, you know, he could have done that without having to get a dude released from prison, but whatevs. Just get to it, people.
Speaking of stalling with more interminable filler, they killed some time once again by showing Steffy flashing back to the same thing she flashes back to three times a week.
I AM SHOCKED THAT SHE IS THINKING ABOUT THIS. This is brand new information! Thanks for spelling it out for us, Afternoon Television Program, because if you had just shown Steffy looking sad, we would've been all, "Omg. What's Steffy sad about? She looks so down! What could possibly be troubling her? It's hard to tell on a show that has so much subtext and has spent so little time on her storyline! A hint, please?!"
And doesn't it feel like months ago that Marcus learned that Bill has a plan? Well, he finally showed up again and said something about it. And naturally, Katie overheard it (at which point Marcus naturally explained that he would not have mentioned it had he known she was still in the building).
Hopefully he'll fill her in, not that it'll make any difference. She'll do something to try to stop it from working, and then yell at Bill once and be done with it. Kind of like the time he locked her in a freakin' tower and she forgave him for it an hour later. And I'm still hoping the plan fails because Deacon decides he can't go through with it, whatever "it" is.
Because really, this is the best thing about the show right now...
I am just loving these scenes between Hope and Deacon. They're the most interesting work I've seen Kim Matula do on the show ever, and it's actually something new. I loved her, "I am perfectly capable of handling selfish jerks." Yes, you are a female character on B&B, so you'd better be! Also very powerful was when he looked her in the eye and said, "You can't trust me. You can never trust me." Sean Kanan is really playing it both ways here -- doing Bill's dirty work but also trying to re-connect with his daughter -- and it's legitimately gripping stuff.
But now let's get on with the plan, please!