I couldn't say nothing after today. Because as I've urged before, if you've lapsed as a B&B viewer but wonder if you should tune in: HOLY CRAP, TUNE IN. It is soaptastic lately.
I'd even suggest going back a couple of weeks to get in the lead-up, because seriously. Every single episode has had something worth watching. And the episodes aren't always just one storyline! Today we focused on Maya's family and wedding and watched Steffy confess to Thomas that Aly didn't actually die from a fall, but from Steffy taking a tire iron to her head (in self defense!). (I was terrified the aftermath of that storyline would be more nonsense about Steffy vs Ivy competing for Liam, but I was blissfully wrong.)
But really. If you like good soap and you like good acting and have never even seen B&B, watch today's episode. Go. Go now. Because let me tell you. If Obba Babatunde's performance as Julius Avant today doesn't leave you wanting to give a standing ovation and doesn't make you believe that soaps still have life in them yet, then I don't know what would.
Just to quickly sum up, Maya interrupted her own wedding to publicly confront her father about what she'd just overheard him saying (basically stating unequivocally that he thinks she's a freak and will never, ever accept his transgender daughter). And yes, of course it was silly to do it in public, but THIS IS A SOAP. And it doesn't lather up more than a public confrontation at a wedding.
Now, sure, you could point out that Julius was perfectly willing to sit through the wedding and Maya could've confronted him later instead of having her wedding day pretty much destroyed like this, but that's not what soaps do and it also would've meant we missed out on half the cast standing around in the background having to hold a furrowed brow for a half hour. Which is always awesome!
I'm also willing to bet Heather Tom was watching this whole thing crying because Babatunde was so damn good. You can't really tell but:
...her eyes were waterfalls this entire scene. Sure, sure, maybe "Katie" was the one crying but I'm not sure she's that much of an empath that she'd be moved such. It was fabulous.
Back to business, Julius gave a speech about his own pride and how he was raised by Myron Avant, a self-made man who worked himself up from nothing. Things got truly ugly when Rick finally asked him to leave.
Julius: Rick, does it make you feel secure to know that you have a woman no other man would want?
Well, my heart broke totally right about there but after he turned around to leave, he realized he hadn't gone low enough.
Julius: Oh! And by the way. Before my father died, he gave me a severance check and disowned me. Because he felt that his namesake had disrespected the whole family.
Wow. When Julius Avant goes dark, he goes real dark. And the most impressive thing was how much feeling and humanity Babatunde brought to these horrible, hateful words.