Played by Daytime Emmy nominee Kimberlin Brown, Sheila Carter is always entertaining to watch – perhaps never more so than when’s at her lowest. The conniver’s world fell apart recently when she learned that Bill Spencer had been playing her. As a result, Brown turned in some of her finest work.
Kimberlin Brown – Performer of the Week
Sheila’s cruelty knows no boundaries. It might be easier to make a list of B&B characters whom she hasn’t tried to kill than those she has attempted to murder. Bill (Don Diamont) and Ridge (Thorsten Kaye) teamed up with the FBI to send Sheila away for the rest of her life. Instead of nailing her for attempted murder, the two got Sheila to admit to actual murder.
B&B dug into the vault to get out scenes of the time Sheila helped Dr. Jay Garvin (Brett Stimely) go bungee-jumping (sans bungee) and her unleashing killer bees on bee-allergic actor Lance Day (Adam Huss). Bill proclaiming his “love” for Sheila lulled her into a false sense of security. A phony marriage proposal sealed the deal. “It’s okay,” Bill said. “You’re safe here. You can tell me.” She foolishly opened up her heart and shared that she was responsible for both Dr. Garvin and Lance’s deaths. “I’m a murderer,” she said. Gotcha!
We have to give props to Brown for the way she played Sheila’s reaction to Bill; he thinks it’s hot that she bumped off two people? Even Sheila thinks that’s a bit odd! Her relief after confessing all to Bill turned to heartache after Sheila realized he was setting her up. The duo went from being intimate to having a knockdown battle.
One of the many things Brown does so expertly is that she justifies Sheila’s actions no matter what. Sure, Sheila is guilty of many things but, hey, it’s only because she wants to be loved. And it’s never, ever her fault. Finn shouldn’t have struggled with Sheila. Guns go off. Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) should have accepted her.
We almost (repeat, almost) felt sorry for Sheila when Bill rubbed it in her face that he played her for a fool, and that he wanted to puke when he was intimate with her. “You call me a monster?” Sheila said. “The only way that this despicable plan can even work is if I’m not one.” Whether viewers believe that or not, most believe that Sheila believes this to be true. And this is why Brown has lasted in this role for decades. No one can tell her she’s wrong. In Sheila’s eyes, she’s always the injured party.
This time, it was Sheila’s turn to take a fall — in more ways than one. She fell off Bill’s balcony but managed to literally pick herself up, drive to see Deacon (Sean Kanan) and plead with him for assistance. If Sheila had been thinking more clearly, she might not have gone to Deacon’s. Sheila remained vulnerable. That was a mistake.
Alas, poor Sheila was also stung by Deacon’s betrayal. Bill, Ridge, Chief Lieutenant Baker (Dan Martin), and other authorities caught up with Sheila. Being outnumbered never stopped her from making a go for it. So, Sheila tried to get away again only to come face-to-face with Bill in the alley behind Il Giardino, the scene of her attempted double murder of Steffy and Finn (Tanner Novlan)!
Brown drew upon Sheila’s maniacal qualities when she laughed at Bill — despite being on the verge of going into custody. Bill poured salt into Shelia’s wounds by telling her that both his ring and his feelings for her were fake. “It might be the end of us but it is not the end of me,” Sheila informed Bill. Viewers are used to Sheila doing the expected. This time was no exception. She practically willed herself to have a heart attack right there in the alley. She slumped to the ground.
You aren’t carted off to jail if you’re rushed to the hospital instead. That’s what the crafty nurse was likely trying to prove and prove it she did. She’s currently lying helpless in a hospital bed — as two of her victims, Finn and Li (Naomi Matsuda), are ironically in charge of her care. Meanwhile, Ridge and Bill are explaining to their family their respective absence and subterfuge/odd behavior.
Kimberlin Brown has taught us to expect that somehow, some way, Sheila will emerge victorious. The actress is arguably daytime’s greatest villainess. Brown’s recent performances certainly justify this belief.
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