The Subtle & the... Just Kidding, This Show Doesn't Do Subtle
I'm here to explain a few things that The Bold & the Beautiful has been awfully coy about -- things that they expect us to be really sharp viewers to understand because, you see, it's all so between-the-lines. I mean you have to be a pretty clever observer to see through to this subtext. So what I'm going to tell you might shock you.
Did y'all know that Hope is the more conservative, family-oriented, traditional-values-driven choice for Liam? Did y'all know that Steffy is super-fun, full of life, wild and unpredictable, and is always a good time?
You're pretty blown away right now, aren't you? Just reflecting back on the past year of this show and thinking, "Oh! How did I not see this? They were so careful to leave it up to our own interpretation without beating us over the head with it AT ALL!"
Yesterday they drove the point home in a particularly delicate manner.
When Liam's with Steffy, he wakes up after having partied all night!
When Liam's with Steffy, he gets to go on motorcycle rides through the city!
Steffy never fails to surprise Liam. There's so much he doesn't even know about her! He just learned she has "mad DJ skills" (uh, this was not evidenced in those cringe-worthy club scenes from Monday). Tomorrow we'll learn she's a skyglider and a world-famous skateboarder. I'm also pretty sure she's an Olympic champion. And the last winner of So You Think You Can Dance! And she throws a mean knuckleball. When does she find the time to watch all those Bob Hope movies??
Never mind that the whole time they were married they never once went out or took a ride on her bike. Their entire relationship has, quite frankly, happened since their separation, and therefore during the time that he was committed to someone else. THE CHARMER.
Meanwhile, Hope was across town planning her wedding to Liam. For the fourth time. Maybe she and Marcus could go to a 12-step program together so he can deal with his texting addiction and she can deal with her wedding addiction.
And because it wasn't clear enough already, Steffy got to serve up a heap of heavy-handed dialogue about how much Liam should enjoy his freedom because his life is going to be over once he's bound to the old ball and chain. I mean he's young! He should be enjoying his youth! He doesn't need to be tied down! (Never mind that she's already been married to him, fought like hell to keep it that way, and even now is insisting that she should move back in.)
These people, they are unbearable. The lot of them.
And oh, Ridge. (Oh, soon-to-be-departed Ridge.)
Ridge: Well, I'm kind of caught in the middle, in case you haven't noticed. Liam may love Steffy, but he loves Hope as well. Now if she's gonna be his choice, who am I to oppose that? It's not like I have a lot of room to be self-righteous.
No, Ridge, you certainly don't. But how about man up and say you are uniquely qualified to promise Liam he is being a jackass and this will only end in tears for everyone. Except he can't say that. Because as Ridge knows full well, Liam won't get hurt. He wins either way. So why wouldn't he keep both women on the hook? He certainly isn't going to let them go out of human decency, as he seems to have none. He certainly wouldn't do it because he mustered up a spine, as he seems to have none.
I would now use this small space at the bottom to comment on the other storyline, but as we all know, there isn't one.