The saying that “the wife is always the last to know” about cheating husbands came to mind when Li Finnegan learned on The Bold and the Beautiful that her mate Jack is also the biological dad to their adopted son Finn. For her portrayal of a devastated wife, Soap Hub bestows Performer of the Week for B&B honors on Naomi Matsuda (Li).
Naomi Matsuda – Performer of the Week
Li has discovered week what B&B viewers have known for a while. Her husband Jack Finnegan (Ted King) had an affair with Sheila Carter (Kimberlin Brown) and Jack brought the son he had with her into his home, telling Li that this was a baby they were adopting. With the walls closing in on him, Jack chose to tell Li as they were on their way to have dinner with Dr. John “Finn” Finnegan (Tanner Novlan) and his bride Steffy Forrester Finnegan (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood).
Perhaps on some level, Li sensed all along that Jack and Finn were father and son. “I don’t know what this is about, Jack,” Matsuda said as Li prepared to leave for dinner. “I’m not sure I want to know. I don’t want to keep our son waiting.”
King also delivered fine work in these episodes as Jack bit the bullet and shared with Li that he not only knew who Finn’s dad was but that that man was him. “My God, Jack,” an incredulous Li responded. “All this time we’ve been living a lie. We’re Finn’s adoptive parents when you’ve been his birth father all along.”
Stung by Jack’s fling with Sheila, Matsuda had Li be more concerned with her son, knowing how devastated he’d be over his dad’s betrayal. “You didn’t just betray me, our marriage,” a tearful Li said. “You betrayed our son, Jack. Or should I say your son?”
Jack went to support Lee but she didn’t want him near him as she took a step back and indicated with her hand that he shouldn’t approach. Ever the protective mother, Li’s concerns were for Finn. She wasn’t sure how to bring this up once she and Jack arrived at Finn and Steffy’s but the newlyweds could ascertain that something was up.
When Jack and Li arrived at Finn and Steffy’s it didn’t take long for the latter duo to see that there was some tension with the former. Was it a simple uncomfortableness as the in-laws got to know each other – or something more? Li spoke cryptically when chatting with Finn and Steffy, knowing this was ultimately Jack’s news to share with his son. “Ignoring a problem is no way to handle it,” Li said. “Avoiding the truth doesn’t make it any less painful.”
Finn brought up the topic of Sheila and, naturally, the issue of his biological dad followed. “I wish we would have been able to tell you more,” said Li, as she reminded herself that Jack deeply betrayed both her and Finn. At one point, Matsuda closed her eyes, knowing that when she opened them her life might never be the same.
It was one thing for Naomi Matsuda’s Li to realize she had to “share” her son with Sheila, Finn’s birth mom. Now, she’s aware that the man she loves (loved?) now has a tie with Finn that she’ll never be able to – a biological bond. Kudos to Matsuda for playing Li’s pain as she struggled to do what every mother instinctively wants to do – protect their children.
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