I'm Not Made of Stone, Here (A Photo Album)
First, big apologies for not having posted about The Bold & the Beautiful in almost two weeks. Truth be told, it's hard to tell if there's that much interest in B&B posts (the last one got more comments about GH on it than anything else!) -- that, in addition to the fact that the show doesn't generally vary too wildly from day to day, plus my tendency to save up a few episodes and watch in bulk? Well, that all adds up to slow posting.
But I couldn't let it go unaddressed one more day. Is there much to really say, through all the sobbing? Not really. Stephanie's dying, they're stretching it out and milking it for all it's worth, and it's sad as shit. Eloquent, right? I don't think my heart can take another episode of the entire cast crying, since we all know full well about 10% of that is acting (if that). But it really is a lovely tribute to 25 years' worth of storytelling for this character, as well as to Susan Flannery herself. Beyond being a great and stalwart talent, she is clearly beloved by her co-workers.
Seriously, though, did they have to break out freakin' "Danny Boy?" Who the eff doesn't cry at "Danny Boy?" Robots? I don't know. Frankly I always find it hysterical on TV when some internationally known music act comes to perform at some private party for no reason other than a paycheck, and it always takes me out of the action completely because it's just weird.
Celtic Woman has always creeped me out a little, I confess. It's not that they don't sound beautiful -- they do -- but there's something about those dresses and the hair that just feels like some creepy Gaelic Automaton of some sort. Nonetheless, they laid it on thick with "Danny Boy" and the manipulation worked on me perfectly. I'm a sucker, even when it comes to Gaelic Automatons.
Interestingly (and appropriately, considering) only one character really got any one-on-one with Stephanie at her goodbye party (which was officially her last time seeing any of her non-husband loved ones) (I know she's in future episodes, but I mean according to in-show logic). Brooke and Stephanie shared a lovely goodbye in which I'm pretty sure Katherine Kelly Lang was about to break down completely.
Stephanie: I need you to take this family forward, you know that, someplace where it's just filled with happiness and with love. Okay? I'm going to leave tonight. You have to accept that. After the party, okay? After we've had all our laughs and all the good times, and then Eric and I are just gonna slip out quietly. Okay? And we'll get in the car, and we'll drive away. Of course, when I do that, that means -- that you're going to be in charge of my family, because it's now your family. Okay?
Stephanie: I want you not to waste one moment of your life. I want you just to get on with life, whether it's with Ridge or it's not. You and I made a decision to do good for other people. I'm going to expect you to do that. I need you to be a better woman than I was. Can you do that? You can. I know you can. I know you can. I love you, honey.
And when I talk about the whole cast just standing around crying, I am not exaggerating. When I think of how disconsolate I've been when saying goodbye to the cast and crew after the run of a play that just lasts a couple of months, and then I compare that to 25 years... and having to say these goodbyes onscreen! I just...
Well, that all speaks for itself.
And then they really played dirty by having Stephanie recite the "May the Road Rise Up to Meet You" Irish blessing that always makes me weepy (and yes, it has something to do with the fact that it was on the wall of my childhood home so it has a very specific sentiment for me). Well, that left the whole gang looking about as hopelessly sniffly as I felt.
How's everyone else holding up through all this? All cried out? Still wanting more? Over it?