There are things about Bill Spencer that fans just know. He usually looks out for number one although he does love his sons. He can be cold and callous without really believing he is cold and callous because self-awareness is not one of his strong suits. But this past week, he showed a tender kindness and concern for a stranger we have rarely seen from the publishing magnate. For making us wonder who this Bill was, Don Diamont is this week’s Soap Hub Performer of the Week for The Bold and the Beautiful.
Performer of the Week: Don Diamont
Before Bill had an encounter that looks to change his life, Diamont subtly told us that Bill was at a crossroads when he began his meal with his son Wyatt Spencer (Darin Brooks). Wyatt pointed out how he and his dad have been spending a considerate amount of time together and how Bill always seems to be free. It was clear that Bill had spent a year getting nowhere with Katie Logan (Heather Tom) and that year made Bill reflective of how fleeting life is — which shocked both Wyatt and the audience.
Diamont seemed both relaxed and on edge as Bill was happy to just be bonding with his son while also showing his concern for his ex-love and ex-daughter-in-law (twice over), Steffy Forrester Finnegan (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood). Wyatt saw what The Bold and the Beautiful audience saw — compassion from his father. But compassion is not something Bill is used to feeling or comfortable feeling, and Diamont immediately told us how uncomfortable Bill was with this odd description of himself when he suddenly snapped at Wyatt and told him having three sons later in his life have turned him into a man he never was before.
Just seconds later, Don Diamont slipped into a reflective mode, explaining he had grown and changed as a father, yet it was infinitely clear that Bill was not comfortable with this growth at all.
And then something happened that changed his life and also told fans how much Dollar Bill was not the same man anymore. He and Wyatt said their goodbyes and Bill found a terrified woman behind the restaurant who looked like she had been on the streets for weeks and it turned out to be our beloved Li Finnegan (Naomi Matsuda) who we just knew hadn’t met a watery grave as Sheila Carter (Kimberlin Brown) needed to believe.
With nobody else around to put on a false bravado, Diamont expertly conveyed Bill’s compassion for this woman who he didn’t know, but who desperately needed help. Even when she refused to speak — or couldn’t speak — Bill just couldn’t turn away. Something in him instinctively knew he had to take care of this woman, so he took her home.
That’s when it truly hit us how lonely Bill has been in his big house. We had not seen Bill in his home for over a year and realized he lives there alone and Diamont showed us with Bill’s voice and face how glad he was just to have someone else there with him in his living room.
Of course, he also genuinely wanted to take care of Li, a stranger in his home who had clearly been through a harrowing situation. We can’t wait to see what happens next as Bill’s growth can lead to a whole new life for Don Diamont’s longtime character.
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