The Wise & the Lack of Self-Awareness
Wow. Yesterday's episode of The Bold & the Beautiful gave us several scenes of people actually acting like grown-ups and showing each other some decency and empathy.
Brooke and Steffy had a nice, rational conversation in which Brooke extended her sympathies to Steffy for the end of her marriage, and was openly impressed when she learned that Steffy was the one who actually stood up and ended things with Liam. And Steffy listened graciously and you could actually believe that these two people were once de facto mother and daughter.
Will wonders never cease?
And then Hope and Steffy had a restrained but respectful conversation in which they spoke to each other with kindness and even reflected on the fact that, in many ways, they really are sisters.
Hope: It was supportive, and it was nurturing, and it was fun.Steffy, we used to laugh all the time and we had each other's backs!
Is there a donkey outside my 30th floor window?
And Hope even went to Bill try to bury the hatchet with him, but then of course that devolved quickly since Bill rejected her completely and said a bunch of Crazytown stuff, which was ironic since the point he was trying to make is that Hope is mentally unstable. Pot! Kettle! I'd like to make an introduction! Which Hope bizarrely responded to with some nonsense about how she'd hoped Bill could be a father figure in her life. Good god, woman. I guess she is a little crazy.
And then things devolved even further when Stephanie gave Liam some legitimately stellar advice, about which she is blind to the irony.
Stephanie: You know, it's not really so great and romantic to find out that you never completely fill your husband's heart because part of it belongs to another woman.
If you missed the episode, you might be understandably confused as to which woman she's referring to. Allow me: she's saying that Liam has feelings for both Hope and Steffy, so it's unfair of him to marry Hope when he still has feelings for another woman. Absolutely! Right on! But what was her argument in support of? Allow me: Liam getting back together with Steffy.
Okay, I got it. He should have stayed married to Steffy even though he still has feelings for Hope, but it's wrong to marry Hope when he still has feelings for Steffy. This is downright spectacular logic. Why can't this jackass just NOT BE MARRIED FOR FIVE SECONDS.
Stephanie also hilariously called Liam Spencer "honorable." You have got to be kidding me. It's super-honorable to run around making out with one woman while you're committed to another, regardless of which woman it is, and to keep two women on the hook because you've got no spine. Man of the Year. I might even try to see if we can get him the Nobel Peace Prize.
Then Brooke showed up and said some other wise things about how none of this is up to her or to Stephanie or anyone else besides the involved parties, which was also hysterical because she certainly thought it was within her rights to try to strong-arm her favored outcome two days ago -- as did every other adult on canvas. Stephanie basically responded to this by telling Brooke her daughter is a nut-job who belongs with no man, which I keep getting baffled by since Hope (bland though she may be) is pretty damn un-crazy for a soap opera character. But no matter! Stephanie thinks Hope has daddy issues, and since Steffy totally doesn't... oh wait.
I wish Dr. Stacy Barton would go wave her degree around in the middle of the town square and point out that all these grown people running around creepily preoccupied with the love lives of their much younger family members means that EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM HAS SERIOUS ISSUES. Making the stone-throwing the laugh riot it's surely (?) intended to be.
And how could we forget...
Just to further drive home the point that all these people have major, major baggage, they offered up a little reminder that Steffy and Liam's father were all hot and heavy just last year. But they've apparently forgotten that completely, and Steffy's super-cool with the fact that Bill rigged things to make her think she was five seconds from death's door. Bygones, y'all!
Anyway, since Bill's whole Deacon plan is intended to bust up Liam's wedding in Italy, he wants Steffy to go ahead and accept Hope's invitation that she be a bridesmaid (I assume that's what she meant by, "Will you stand up for me at my wedding?" Why can't these people just use regular words now and then? Like butt-dial! Yay!) so that, naturally, once Hope is exposed as certifiable on her wedding day, Liam will just turn around and marry Steffy if she happens to be standing there. Oh. Bill actually knows his son quite well, since based on his history that's exactly what he'd do!