The Hopeless & the Returning
Happy 2013, Serial Drama readers! Sorry we've been taking a while to get off the ground with the year's new episodes, but getting back into the swing of things post-holidays is always tricky (plus, co-writing that Best and Worst post drained my brain of so very many of its few remaining cells).
Do any of you have any stories of soapy ways you spent the holidays? I switched a few paternity tests (as is Christmas tradition in my family), but I also did a ridiculous amount of binge-viewing One Life to Live episodes from 2009 (the ones they show back-to-back weekdays on SoapNet, which I am blissfully lucky enough to still get from my cable carrier). Ross! Eli! Jared! Fish! Kyle! Rachel! The Defenestration of Blair Cramer! Dorian's Big Gay Wedding! It's all way too much fun.
Speaking of OLTL, I saw the play Water by the Spoonful tonight (it was this year's Pulitzer Prize winner for Drama) and none other than Frankie Faison, aka Richard Evans aka Destiny's dad/grandpa aka Shaun and Greg's pop, had a major role in it. I highly recommend the production in every other way as well, but Mr. Faison did some really powerful and heartbreaking work. Warmed my heart to see him in action!
But let's get down to the real business of soap blogging! I am sitting down to watch yesterday's The Bold & the Beautiful, so let's check it out and see what that dastardly Bill is up to these days...
Hope's trying to get Liam to consider taking her back and he's all condescending and, "That's enough, Hope!" (Weird, he never said that to Steffy the six hundred times she kissed him while he was with Hope.)
Taylor asks Steffy about the Liam/Hope situation, and Steffy is perfectly confident that Hope is no threat.
Katie and Brooke are calling Bill out for drinking in the hospital waiting room. Katie tells him it's wildly inappropriate. "Wildly?" he says smugly. Bill leaves for a meeting with Justin and Brooke gives Katie a knowing look of some sort.
Oh em gee! Dani and Karen live! They stop by the hospital room to see Caroline. I always forget that she's their daughter since they're so much more interesting than she is.
Steffy tries to call Liam and Alison tells her he's with Hope. Meanwhile, Liam is continuing to insist to Hope that he's moved on and is not interested.
Justin, who also apparently still exists, asks Bill if he's okay. "I've had better days," Bill says.
Caroline's doctor wants her to stay in the hospital a bit longer as a precaution, which she explains after an awkward "Are you her mum?" exchange with Dani and Karen.
Hope does some more explaining that she was the one who failed their relationship because her expectations were too high. Expectations like expecting not to be cheated on and lied to and have your hubby tell you he's in love with another woman as well. She thinks she should have just looked into his eyes and seen the truth. You know, like you do. She's going to prove to him that they "still have a chance," and the bile in my belly starts to rise.
Karen says that Bill has been spiking his coffee for years, and Brooke insists that Bill is "fine." Karen's not too happy about this and Katie agrees that they need to address this issue with Bill, and Brooke looks like she's probably going to totally jump to Bill's defense.
Taylor advises Steffy to tell Hope to back off again.
Hope and Liam are still having the same conversation and saying nothing new. Oh hell, flashbacks. Put me out of my misery please. Hope is now delivering some of Steffy's old dialogue about how Liam belongs with her and she knows it'll happen one day. This could be really easy for a lot of the writers if they just want to pull out some of last year's scripts and just swap out Steffy's name for Hope's for most of the dialogue.
Liam shows up at the hospital and punches Rick across the face. I hope he does the same to Bill if and when he ever finds out about all the crap he pulled, but I'm doubting it!
At Bill's house, all of his loved ones hilariously enter one-by-one from different doors, Taylor from the last one. It's an intervention! "You gotta be freakin' kidding me," says Bill.
Sir Spencer is displeased by how the plebians are behaving.
Hope flashes back to her kiss with Liam, and then Steffy shows up and the two of them start bickering again. They make a lot of cocky facial expressions and do a lot of posturing at each other.
IT'S A THRILL. 2013 ringin' in just the way 2012 did. Yay.
But you know what? At least we always have this to make us smile.
Happy New Year!