The Bold and the Beautiful

A Critic’s Review of The Bold and the Beautiful: Plots Points Ad Nauseam

A Critic’s Review of The Bold and the Beautiful for January 17-21, 2022A Critic’s Review of The Bold and the Beautiful for January 17-21, 2022

When it comes to The Bold and the Beautiful, every fan has their own opinion – and Soap Hub is no different. For five days, we sat and watched the good, the bad, and everything in between, and now we offer you a handy review, and a cheeky critique, of B&B’s week that was.

The Bold and the Beautiful: A Critic’s Week In Review

Pssst. Did you hear that The Bold and the Beautiful’s Brooke Logan Forrester (Katherine Kelly Lang) fell off the wagon and that she’s not entirely sure why she developed the urge to drink? No? Well, then you surely didn’t tune into even a single episode of B&B, because Brooke – and the scriptwriters – repeated those salient points ad nauseam, and even provided copious amounts of flashbacks to illustrate Brooke’s plight.

And don’t get me started on poor little Douglas (Henry Joseph Samiri) being subjected to what felt like a never-ending, circular interrogation from Liam Spencer (Scott Clifton) and Hope Logan Spencer (Annika Noelle), The Bold and the Beautiful’s third-rate Sipowicz and Simone (see NYPD Blue).

The boy’s story was simple. He saw grandma kissing Santa Clause…and no, he didn’t misinterpret some song lyrics. He saw, putting a very fine point on it, Brooke kissing a man in a red Santa Clause-esque hat. But even after the wee one was sat down by Liam and Hope and made to explain himself fully on Thursday, he had to turn right around and do it again on Friday – TWICE! And even then the adults still didn’t really get it. In fact, they had even more questions than when they started.

How dense are this kids’ faux mommy and daddy supposed to be? Better question, why wouldn’t Hope and Liam take anything and everything Douglas says at face value? Isn’t he solely responsible for the return of their daughter?

If there’s one thing that I can be grateful for, it’s that I wasn’t assaulted with multiple visual callbacks to Sheila Carter (Kimberlin Brown) switching the labels on bottles of alcoholic and non-alcoholic champagne…I just had to suffer through listening to Sheila contemplating whether or not her, “champagne switch,” worked.

Miss an episode of The Bold and the Bold – or even an entire months’ worth – miss little to nothing. You’ll always be caught up in a matter of minutes either via flashbacks or dialogue.

Further B&B Musings

* Since its debut, The Bold and the Beautiful’s bread and butter has been the love triangle. [see: Ridge/Caroline/Thorne, Caroline/Ridge/Brooke, Brooke/Ridge/Taylor, Steffy/Liam/Hope, Stephanie/Eric/(Insert everyone from Beth Logan to Sheila to Lauren Fenmore and Donna Logan)].

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But the soaps most recent attempt at constructing a viable love conundrum betwixt Carter Walton (Lawrence Saint-Victor), Paris Buckingham (Diamond White), and Zende Forrester (Delon de Metz) is a big ole bust.

Why does The Bold and the Beautiful insist on not letting the audience have nice things? I liked what I was seeing whenever Carter and Katie Logan (Heather Tom) were together on my screen – and I know I wasn’t alone. And believe it or not, I actually didn’t mind Zende and Paris as a couple.

What I don’t like is being told that I should want Carter and Paris together, when I can’t trust that the two will even be sharing scenes with one another a few weeks hence.

It wasn’t that long ago that Carter’s heart was all aflutter for Quinn Forrester (Rena Sofer) – which is something that is still being hammered home; see I know what I’m talking about when I say B&B will always helpfully remind, remind, remind – and before her, he was gaga for Zoe Buckingham (Kiara Barnes).

A few months back Paris was having sex dreams about John “Finn” Finnegan (Tanner Novlan), then she was flirting (but not) with Thomas Forrester (Matthew Atkinson), and one day she’s ready, willing, and able to settle down with Zende, and the next she can’t imagine being “tied down” to any one man.

Consistency is key to any good love triangle. That and a rooting factor for each potential pairing. At this point, I could care less whether perfect Paris winds up with Carter or Zende or disappears altogether.

The Bold and the Beautiful (BB) airs weekdays on CBS. Check your local listings for airtimes. For more about what’s coming up in Los Angeles, check out all the latest that’s been posted on B&B spoilers, and for an in-depth look at the show’s history, click here.

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