With February sweeps starting this week, The Bold and the Beautiful has set up quite the barrage of storylines with a little something for everyone. With one umbrella story affecting the entire show while still showcasing characters and couples smaller arcs, the writing team at B&B is showing their colleagues exactly what balance looks like.
I’ll Be Watching
Dressed in a Brooke’s Bedroom top seller, Maya stood underneath her portrait in the Forrester great room seeking the approval of the lingerie’s name sake. Reluctantly, Maya caught Ms. Logan up on all of the drama that transpired in her absence. Maya did her best to convince Brooke that she was what was best for Rick and that while things were a little strained, Rick was completely fine. What neither of them knew at the time was that Rick was across town shooting up the Forrester offices like he was at the O.K. Corral. Yes, Ricky boy became bout that life as he let off three rounds into the office where Ridge and Caroline where getting horizontal. Now far be it for me to condone violence of any sort, but I kind of felt like, with the way things had been going and the tensions rising, Ridge and Caroline should have thought it better than to be so careless with their little trysts. Yes, Liam had Ivy at his house for the night and I’m not exactly sure where Ridge is living nowadays, but surly they could have found another place to express their artistic passions with each other. Did that make what Rick did right? No. But it sure was entertaining.
As was the complete disconnect he showed after it was all over. Rick clearly has a screw loose and Jacob Young is playing it to perfection. Maya’s reaction to him saying “I had to get him off my wife” was pretty much our reaction too. It’s clear that everything Rick does and feels is rooted in anger. If no one else realized that, Brooke sure did. And instinctively went into Mommy mode to protect her son. Oh if only her protection didn’t include complete absolution of Rick’s transgressions. I don’t know why I was hoping for Brooke to be something other than what she’s always been, an apologist who looks at her wrong doings and those of the people she loves somehow managing to rationalize them away. When Ridge and Caroline threatened to press charges if Rick didn’t step down as CEO that was exactly the reaction we got from Brooke. It would have been funny if it wasn’t so irritating. Yes, my son shot at you but oh well. How being coddled is supposed to help Rick, I’m not sure. Ridge didn’t find this all too amusing either as he refused to back down to Brooke’s blame game. And yes there is plenty of blame to go around. So much so that there’s no need to grant anymore a morality pardon.
While demands, ultimatums and bullets where flying around Forrester, Liam Spencer was downtown devising a plan to take it over. The idea came off a little credulous at first, but when you break down the numbers and shareholders, you almost wonder why no one has thought of it sooner. Let’s break out the calculator, shall we. Eric owns 37.5%, Steffy 25%, Ridge 20%, Bill 12.5%, and Thomas 5%. Got that? Ok good. So the question now becomes how are they going to use this to their advantage? Whatever the plan is, I hope it keeps Steffy in town longer than expected. I found myself filled with more Steam feels than I anticipated on Friday with their flashback montage of some of their cutest moments. Yes, the triangle that accompanied them was, for a lack of better words, a mess but they always had this way of pulling me to their side. And the chemistry between Liam and Steffy was there in spades the second Liam opened the door and saw his ex-wife standing there. With that being said, do I think Ivy has anything to worry about from the Forrester bombshell? Not unless she allows it. The jealousy and worrying about things that may or may not happened seems to plague the women of LA. Just look at how concerned Quinn was about Brooke’s possible interference in her relationship with Deacon.
Believe it or not, it is possible for a man to turn down Brooke Logan… eventually. At least that’s what Bill would like us to believe as he informed her that his sights were focused squarely on Katie and reuniting their family. The confrontation between these two left me a little confused, to be honest. It almost felt like Bill wanted to stick it to Brooke. And it almost felt like even though Brooke insisted, she was a bit disappointed hearing the news of Bill’s reaffirmed love for his ex-wife. I’m not sure if that was to set up something to happen in the future or not, but knowing this show and its history of trading in partners, I guess we’ll have to wait to find out.
This is sure to be another can’t miss week with a proposal being made, a cage rattling declaration and yet another home coming. Welcome to Sweeps!