Farewell, Stephanie Forrester
I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend!
Today is Susan Flannery's final air date on The Bold & the Beautiful, so I thought it fitting to just do a straight recap as I watch, since there is no organization of shallow thoughts or silly exclamations that I could come up with on my own that would feel respectful of this actress and her impressive career (which I certainly hope is not over!).
With that said, excuse me for a moment while I go grab just a little wine and a lot of tissues. I'm not super-confident about my ability to get through this like a grown-up.
We open with the sun shining through the trees and with Brooke and Stephanie looking out at the lake and the mountains. Stephanie is coughing and trying... to take off her wedding ring, it looks like?
Hope shows up at FC in an owl sweater. An owl sweater. What? Or rather, why?
Eric, instead of rushing back to his dying wife, puts on a tribute video wishing her goodbye.
Taylor counsels Katie, assuring her that the PPD is what's making her convinced that she's physically ill. Katie finally breaks down and asks for help.
Credits. It's just some quiet piano music for today. Uh oh. Do I go for the wine or the tissues first? It's hard to know.
More of Stephanie's family in the video. Now Thorne, and now Felicia. Felicia says that she's always lived by the "I am not my mother" mantra, and wonders aloud who she is now.
Brooke reminds Stephanie that Eric loves her very much. "Finally," says Stephanie, who also adds that she wants Brooke to have her other ring.
Taylor talks to Katie about having lost Phoebe and how tomorrow is promised to no one. Katie talks about how selfish she's been and how she wants to be there for her son.
Bill speaks in the tribute video about how much he has in common with Stephanie, including "no low opinion of herself." Then Dayzee pops up to talk about the hole that will always be in her heart.
Stephanie jokes about how Brooke always got all her men. She tells Brooke that it hurt her but it also saved her since, because of Brooke, it made her live her life for something. (Revenge on Brooke, I guess?)
Donna brings Will in to see Katie, who is afraid Will will reject her.
Donna has a somewhat ridiculous appearance in the tribute video, talking about how she and Stephanie had been in a competition but she didn't want to win it like this. And then that's it. I appreciate that they wanted to include as many cast members as possible, but is that something one puts in a tribute video to a dying woman? Okay, I'll stop. I don't want to be critical, but snark helps the tears stay at bay! Anyway, then Rick turns up in the video to admit how much guidance he got from Stephanie. Marcus calls her "the most bad-ass lady on the planet." Steffy talks about how being named after Stephanie was a compass for her life. Taylor assures Stephanie that she'll get through it, but that Stephanie is her hero.
Stephanie asks Brooke to make up the ending to the book she'd been reading to her. Brooke turns the ending into the story of how she came to love the Forresters and how Stephanie thought she had to protect her family from Brooke, and how they tried to destroy each other. "I don't think I knew what love was," says Brooke, "until I knew I loved you." Brooke apologizes to Stephanie for pain she'd caused her over the years, but Stephanie tells her it all adds up to now.
Katie goes to Will and holds him. "It's okay, my boy. Mommy's here," she says. Y'all, I am just not emotionally equipped for this today! After GH ripped my heart out last week (and granted, that is different because it was partly in tribute to an actor who we've lost so I need to keep perspective here), this is... whew. It's rough on the old tear ducts!
Aw, crap. Now Pam appears in the video. This is going to be hard, Alley Mills has been breaking my heart this entire storyline.
She talks about how no one expected much of her, but promises her sister she can find her own way now. Now Eric turns up (I'm confused about who made this video and why Eric is watching it at work instead of going to the cabin to show it to Stephanie, but I'll roll with it....). "I wouldn't blame anyone for getting caught up in the bedazzlement of you." Bedazzlement! He really said it!
Stephanie hears a car and wonders if it's Eric. Brooke tells her he's coming soon. Stephanie tells Brooke she's so tired and wants to sleep. Brooke tells her she'll wake her when Eric arrives, but she knows. "I'll miss you," Stephanie says. "Sing me to sleep, baby girl." Brooke sings "When Irish Eyes Are Smilin'" and I wish I had Irish Whiskey right now instead of just a glass of Rioja.
I'm going to go cry now. How's everyone else holding up?