Now that enough episodes have passed for the pattern to become clear, I do have to say how impressed I am with the structure they're using for Stephanie's departure on The Bold & the Beautiful. True, they were provided with two luxuries: a departing actress willing to give a couple more months of her time after the "official" end of her final contract, and a character already established to have cancer -- making a sudden out-of-nowhere terminal illness unnecessary, and also allowing Stephanie's easy acceptance of her prognosis a little less eyebrow-raising than it would be if this were her first time at the rodeo.
I don't honestly remember ever seeing this much reverence shown for an actress and a character's legacy. They are giving entire episodes to each of Stephanie's goodbyes with her loved ones (and B&B is smartly having that loved one's actor live-tweet each corresponding episode), complete with flashbacks and trips down memory lane. Not only is all of this great for the audience and for the characters, but it's so lovely that each actor is getting a chance to do a full set of one-on-one scenes with Susan Flannery. It's clear she's a beloved mentor around there, and equally clear that the on-screen tears are quite real.
And it's fun to guess which character will be next and which flashbacks we'll see. And whether or not non-contract folks will be invited to the one-episode each party (Felicia and Kristen, for instance). And recasts have made some of the flashback sequences a wee bit disappointing -- I think it's safe to say we would have all willingly suspended our disbelief to see flashbacks of older Stephanie/Thorne scenes with pre-Winsor Harmon actors, right? So much to pull from!
But speaking of limited flashbacks, what the heck was up with the Steffy-and-Stephanie flashbacks yesterday? They were only from two different storylines! I had so hoped to take a tour through Steffy Hairstyles Past.
I mean we got two, but that's not near enough!