Over a 12-month period, every soap opera will have a dip, a lull, a low – and The Bold and the Beautiful is no different. But why dwell on the occasional misfire, when you can accentuate the positives, and celebrate the very best of the best?
The Absolute Best of The Bold and the Beautiful – 2021
Best Affair: Quinn and Carter
We saw it coming and boy, was it hot! Quinn Fuller Forrester (Rena Sofer) made unlikely friends with Zoe Buckingham (Kiara Barnes) and volunteered to go over to Carter Walton’s (Lawrence Saint-Victor) to try to get him to reconcile with the Forrester model.
Along the way, Quinn ended up opening up to Carter about her own troubled marriage to Eric Forrester (John McCook). Then, Quinn and Carter began a romp that was not only sexually charged but filled with genuine feelings. Both actors made the choice to play the love and, as a result, viewers were (are?) rooting for the duo dubbed “Quarter.”
Best Returns: Sheila and Deacon
Sheila Carter (Kimberlin Brown) gave ‘wedding crasher’ a whole new meaning when she showed up at Steffy’s (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) and Finn’s (Tanner Novlan) wedding. Stepping out of the literal shadows, Sheila let Finn know that she was his birth mother — the woman he always wanted to find.
The bride and groom didn’t even get to go on their honeymoon before there was conflict in their union. Finn’s mother is Steffy’s mortal enemy. Brown stepped back into Sheila’s deviousness with great ease. She knows how to give that wicked smirk that means big trouble.
Brooke Logan (Katherine Kelly Lang) and Ridge Forrester (Thorsten Kaye) got past her smooch with Bill Spencer (Don Diamont) and his fake marriage to Shauna but that doesn’t mean the couple is problem-free. Deacon Sharpe’s (Sean Kanan) back and we’re waiting for Brooke’s attraction to the bad boy to get the better of her once again. Ridge is right to be concerned about Deacon.
Best Recast: Krista Allen as Taylor Hayes
This doctor is in! Viewers have accepted Allen’s Taylor without hesitation. The actress has got a handle on all of Taylor’s key relationships. She’s strong, loyal, loving, and, as we’ve come to see, incredibly forgiving. We have a feeling that Taylor’s not going to let anyone get the better of her as we head into 2022. Bonus: Allen is interactive with the show’s fans on social media! She loves being back on The Bold and the Beautiful!
Best Friend: Shauna Fulton
The Logan women may not like Quinn very much but she has to be doing something right to have the loyalty of Shauna Fulton (Denise Richards). When Zoe spied a jacket that she’d seen in Carter’s bedroom, Shauna stepped forward and claimed the article of clothing in order to keep suspicion from falling on Quinn.
Best Reunion: Hope and Liam
We’re not going to say that Vinny’s (Joe LoCicero), umm, ‘murder mystery’ was our favorite story. Far from it, in fact. However, we can’t deny that it was a real tearjerker moment when we saw Liam (Scott Clifton) being carted off to prison from the local hoosegow.
Before the prison van made it out of the parking lot, however, word came down that Liam was innocent. Cut to Hope (Annika Noelle) and Liam running towards each other and embracing. They got another chance at happiness and we got teary-eyed.
Best New Parents: Jack and Li Finnegan.
Weddings are all about the bride and groom spending time with the other’s family. Enter Jack and Li Finnegan, played by Ted King and Naomi Matsuda. The couple got to play out some heavy emotional scenes on The Bold and the Beautiful as Jack revealed that he was Finn’s biological father in addition to being his adoptive dad. Matsuda played Li as rightfully betrayed and devastated. Let’s hope we see more of these two in 2022.
Best Breakdown: Justin Barber
Liam being cleared of Vinny’s murder would have happened much earlier if Justin Barber (Aaron D. Spears) didn’t kidnap Thomas Forrester (Matthew Atkinson) to keep him from revealing that Vinny committed suicide. After Bill Spencer (Don Diamont) learned that Justin wanted to take over his company, he demanded answers. Barber gave a tour-de-force as Justin blasted Bill for treating him like a puppet for many years, which drove Barber to commit a crime of opportunity.
Best Grace Under Pressure: Eric Forrester
Erectile dysfunction is a serious topic and one that can be devastating to a man’s ego and love life. Eric’s condition became a hot topic at Forrester Creations (WHERE is the company’s human resources representative?) and Eric’s decision to ‘fix’ the situation by allowing Carter and Quinn to continue their affair was questionable at best.
What wasn’t in question, however, was John McCook’s on-screen performance as Eric. The actor brought dignity to his character’s reasoning — he loved Quinn so much that he’d do anything to keep her in his life. Fortunately, as it often does, love won out in the end.
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