Oh man! You guys, I've just run through the past week+ of B&B and the show is firing on all batshit crazy cylinders right now. It's no secret I hate any love triangle that has Liam in the middle of it, but for once that's not the only story on hand. We've also the big new fashion line rollout, we've got Maya's family in town, we've got Aly Forrester losing her cotton-pickin' mind with her mother's disembodied head floating all around telling her to do all sorts of dastardly deeds IN THE NAME OF MORALITY.
In other words: B&B's meat and potatoes are cookin' on the screen right now. I might be a vegetarian but I love it.
So let's check in on today's episode, shall we?
We open with Rick and Maya getting some general congratulations on their engagement(!). Maya's mother Vivienne is delighted, but of course Papa Julius is more reluctant. He makes some passive aggressive comments about how he asked Vivienne's father for her hand in marriage first, but then insists he approves of Rick and Maya's union.
What is this guy's game? Because we know he hates this. My guess: for once we have an older male gold-digger on a soap! Awesome.
Aly gives Steffy the cold shoulder when she tries to get Aly to come celebrate the fashion show's success. Darla's Head immediately pops up to telling her to do something "so big" tonight.
I don't even have Photoshop, y'all, so I assure you these screencaps are real. It's amazing. If you're not having fun with this show right now, I don't even know what to tell you. Also, aren't Aly and Oliver dating? Does he feel weird when she shows up for dates in high-collared woolen sister-wife dresses? What do they talk about?
Brooke assures Maya that she's all for this marriage and they have a little bonding moment, putting the past in the past. Meanwhile, Rick offers to pay for Vivienne and Julius to stay in town a little longer so they can stay for the wedding, which Rick insists needs to happen post-haste.
The Quad (Wyatt/Steffy/Liam/Ivy) express concerns about Aly going dark. Steffy is way too optimistic and suggests that tonight might be the start of Aly "putting her demons behind her!" This is, naturally, at the exact moment that Aly is outside slashing Steffy's tire. The Quad then transitions into talking about much money they want to make, in particular hoping that they'll beat Rick's numbers from his CEO tenure. Wyatt and Ivy leave and Steffy and Liam discuss how committed they are to each other and how Liam needs to find a time to break that particular news to Ivy.
Vivienne questions Julius's sincerity regarding his approval of the engagement, and he comes right out and admits to her that he's just trying to impress their almost-son-in-law. This strikes her as ridiculous, since Rick has already accepted them since he's marrying their daughter. "All I know is we have many days ahead of us, drinking champagne," he says, so apparently his transphobia stops where the cash flow begins. This is going to be delightful!