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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Brooke Bitch-Slaps Thomas!

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When you’ve got a good baddie on a soap why not flaunt it!  That’s exactly what CBS Daytime’s The Bold and the Beautiful has chosen to do with Matthew Atkinson in the role of the twisted Thomas Forrester!

Friday’s cliffhanger episode featured a massive showdown between Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang, who once again proves why she is a force to be reckoned with in soapland) and Thomas.

At the Forrester mansion, Thomas gets into a heated exchange with Brooke. He wants his life back, and she is stopping him from having that.  Brooke replies she is treating him as he deserves.  After all, it was Thomas who tortured her daughter, Hope for months and hid the truth that Beth was alive! Thomas says he didn’t kill anyone …. and Brooke says she is still not sure he is not responsible for Emma’s death … and while he may not be able to be proven guilty in a court of law, she’s the one that is handing out a life sentence to him!.

Thomas continually brings up his son, Douglas, and how he won’t let her daughter see the little boy.  So, he tells Brooke she better change her tune and fast!  He is a Forrester and she is nothing but a Logan, and his father will never turn his back on him, so she should give it up!

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Then, Thomas reams into Brooke that she is messing with the wrong man, and she destroyed his mother and their entire family happiness, by stealing Ridge away from them.  Thomas tells Brooke he’s sick and tired of the Logan sanctimony and it ends now!

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Brooke has had enough … and with anger and tears in her eyes slaps him across the face and defiantly sneers:  “How dare you!”  Then, Thomas punctuates his plans by telling Brooke that she may have his father tied around her “slutty” little finger, but her reign of terror ends with him.

A great scene from Katherine Kelly Lang and Matt Atkinson, and looks like there is going to be plenty of trouble ahead for Brooke, especially with Thomas out to ruin her life and marriage to his father … and when he gets the ammo from Vinny that Shauna spent the night with Ridge!

Watch Brooke slap Thomas below.  Then, let us know what you thought of the showdown via the comment section.

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James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

Balls of fire!!! That’s all I can say!!!

Violet Lemm2
Violet Lemm2

You go Brooke.A bitch slap for an s.o.b!

Michael Teale
Michael Teale

This was KKL and Matthew Atkinson at their best. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that the bitch slap was the best one so far this year (Liz slapping Kim on GH doesn’t even come close). If anyone can point out a bitch slap better than this one, by all means, please do comment.

I am excited to see what B&B brings its viewers this fall. Thomas is no where near done bringing his brand of revenge and vitriol and once again, Hope and baby Beth along with Douglas will be collateral damage.

soapqueenforever
soapqueenforever

I know I am late getting in on this, but I agree. That was a slap heard round the world! It took me down memory lane to the good old days when Stephanie SR and Brooke used to beat each other to a pull. I still say the great Susan Flanery is the almighty queen of the bitch slap. To me, it did not get any better. Seeing Stephanie haul off and crack Brooke always brought me joy. Thanks for listening and sorry to be so long winded. Happy viewing!

Violet Lemm2
Violet Lemm2

Stephanie was the best, I agree. No one got the better of her. I loved her and Sally’s squabbles. I’ll never forget when Sally gave Stephanie a haircut. That was priceless. I’ll have to watch it again on Utube.

Richard Signorelli
Richard Signorelli

go brooke love it or hate it bold is currently 2nd to days which delivers everyday. gh and restless are both currently unwatchable

Kay
Kay

Oh yes dear Brooke who had ruined more lives then Thomas ever thought of doing sleeping with her daughters husband produced the nauseating character of Hope sleeping with her sisters husband Hopes boyfriend Oliver she would lay down with a dog and she gets High and mighty ?? Never could stand how Brad Bell wrote these characters after Dad died I hope Thomas exposes her for the slut she is and please if I ever saw hope and Liam again it will be too soon

Kay
Kay

Don’t think I like the storyline but everybody on that show has done awful things but you would think they all wore halos !

Cynthia Vinson
Cynthia Vinson

The Bold and the Beautiful – what a mess.
I have always thought Brooke Logan is a slut. She goes after any man she wants and uses any plots she has available to achieve her goal. She has had a relationship with just about every male character on the show. Now she wants to be miss high and mighty. I agree with Thomas, but not the way he is going about it. He is not happy with Brooke. He remembers what happened in his childhood. Heck, Brooke even went after Bill, her own sister’s husband. I’m sorry, but the character Brooke does need to be on her own for a long while. Doing the right thing only applies when it is her or her family involved. But when the tables are turned, she will cheat!. Now Brooke has morals. That is a joke. Brooke should have found those morals a long time ago. Now she wants Ridge to turn his back on his own son. Sorry, Brooke, he has done that one time too many for YOU. I’m glad Ridge is going to have some backbone when it comes to HIS children. It is about time. Sometimes, being in love with someone, stops being blind. Hopefully, Ridge will start to think back on how things really got to where they are and the role he played and Brooke.
He owes Steffy and Thomas a big apology and even Taylor. Thomas is correct, Forrester Creations is his family business not Logan. Liam nor Hope should be involved in the business in anyway. The Forrester’s are basically carrying Hope and for what. She is not as innocent either. She went after Liam. Hope is also a joke. Even though I did not like the stolen baby storyline that didn’t cause me to like Hope. I hope Shauna gives Brooke a strong dose of her medicine. What goes around definitely comes around. I am so proud of Steffy when she said she choose herself, she didn’t need a man. She is a strong woman. Neither Brooke nor Hope can say that. It would be great if Thomas and Steffy could remove the Logan’s from the family business together.

Becky johnson
Becky johnson

I can’t wait until Thomas is uncovered for the man he really is by Ridge. Thomas should be punished by going to prison for what he did to Emma let alone all the other things he has done. If he doesn’t get punished soon I’m going to stop watching the program all together. Great slap Brooke, you should have used both hands !!

Violet Lemm2
Violet Lemm2

Becky johnson
I have just about stopped because Thomas turns my stomach. I only watch the days he isn’t on.
Ridge’s blind loyalty to him drives me nuts too, especially with Thomas trying to break up his father and Brooke’s marraige.

General Hospital

GH’s Steve Burton and Maurice Benard Deliver “The Power Performance of the Week”

Last week, as General Hospital aired the final episodes they had in the can, prior to the coronavirus TV production shutdown, viewers of the series were left with a one-two punch of gut-wrenching performances from Daytime Emmy winners, Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny)

Burton, also received great news last week, when he found out he was again Emmy-nominated in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category, while Benard, told fans he did not submit himself in the competition this year, when they were wondering where his name was in the list of the finalists in the category.  However, Maurice won last year for the second time in his career, for Outstanding Lead Actor.

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Now on last Tuesday and Wednesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, Jason was trying his best to break it to Sonny that Sonny’s dad, Mike (Max Gail) is not going to get any better as he continues to decline from Alzheimer’s disease, and that Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.  Sonny is devastated sitting with Mike watching him being completely unresponsive.  He tell Mike he will be back to see him tomorrow, as he leaves Mike reaches out his hand slowly.

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Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) has just told Jason that she believes the signs are all there that Mike is on his final decline and battle with Alzheimers. Mike is unresponsive, not eating. and slipping away quickly. She believes he wants to let go, but is holding on for Sonny’s sake, something that tears through Jason.  Knowing Jason was told something by Elizabeth, Sonny asks what it is.  That is when Jason tells Sonny he thinks Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.

An overcome Sonny tells Jason that he worries that Mike might still want to fight, but for what? He is a shell of himself and has no memories.  It is then that Burton as Jason, in a touching performance, tells Sonny what he’d want if he were in Mike’s place. Jason reflect that he wouldn’t want machines keeping him alive or his kids having to go through what Sonny is having to deal with right now   Jason goes on to say that even when Sonny put walls up between himself and Mike through the years, that Mike never stopped trying to break them down.

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Once Jason leaves, with tears running down his cheeks, Sonny sits with Mike trying to come to terms with what he must do now.  Will Sonny let Mike die and spare his father any further misery … or will he try to prolong whatever time Mike has left?

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These scenes for anyone who has endured or lived through losing a loved one battling through Alzheimer’s and having to make a life and death decision, and the emotional turmoil and sadness it causes a family, could feel the pain and heartbreak played  by Burton and Benard. That is why Michael Fairman TV gives Steve and Maurice the honors of The Power Performance of the Week.

Watch a few scenes from part of Steve and Maurice’s ‘Power Performance’ below

Then let us know, what did you think of Steve and Maurice’s performances in the Alzheimer’s storyline? Comment below.

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All My Children

ABC and PEOPLE’s ‘The Story of Soaps’: What Was Your Review Of It?

Tuesday’s night airing of ABC and PEOPLE’s two-hour special The Story of Soaps featured many notable daytime and primetime soap stars, past and present, clips from backstage to classic memorable moments, and some participants who were providing commentary on the erosion of the daytime soaps in our culture.  Still others, maintained and realized that everything today is serialized from the news we watch, to some of Netflix’s most binge-watchable series, and of course, the birth of reality-programming.

Throughout the airing of the special, The Story of Soaps was trending on Twitter and social media either at the #2, #3 or #4 spots for the entire duration of the broadcast presentation, and the cancelled and beloved All My Children was also at one point trending.

However, known soap writers, journalists, ardent fans, and actors of the genre, were all on Twitter last night live-tweeting their thoughts as the special went down, and there was definitely mixed reactions and reviews, when all was said and done.

What the special did not shy away from, but tackled, was Luke’s rape of Laura at the campus disco on General Hospital. and how that moment now, as Genie Francis (Laura), so eloquently put, would be considered as ‘date rape’ in our culture.  The series even included a pivotal moment where Laura addresses Luke (Tony Geary) about the rape years later, after helping Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) through her rape ordeal.

John Stamos (Ex-Blackie Parrish, GH) got a bevy of “Right On’s!” for his comment that the soaps do not get the credit that they deserve and clearly came through as one of the soaps greatest supporters, as did former The Doctors and Knots Landing star, Alec Baldwin.

However, throughout the two-hours, Andy Cohen’s commentary was thread throughout; mostly citing soap’s demise and the creation of reality-programming and his “Real Housewives” franchise, that the special touted as the new soap operas.  It continued on the narrative that people preferred to see real-life drama then made-up drama on a fictional soap.  And while, that has been a trend in American culture for decades, the commentary came off as often out of place in a celebration of the soaps; and bringing in a lot of negativity to the special that soap fans were tired of hearing.

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In a lighting rod moment, Cohen stated: “I know Susan Lucci doesn’t agree with me, but I think that the Housewives have replaced soap operas because truth is stranger than fiction. Soaps became kind of unnecessary because you could do it with real people, and they’re writing the drama themselves.”

The special did also address the cancellations of All My Children and One Life to Live, (which many were not sure they were going to do – given this special was airing on ABC), where One Life’s leading lady and six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki) said what we all wanted to sa ywhen the ax fell on the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, “People were horrified”.

Clearly, OJ Simpson and his murder trial and reality-programming were also given a chunk of time to show where the once mighty landscape of daytime soaps which once had 13 shows on the air, dwindled town to 4.  But, it would have been nice to see more time spent on how in this day and age, the people in this current landscape of the genre work so hard to get episodes done at an unbelievable pace, and how in that climate the performers still deliver gut-wrenching performances.

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Former Loving, OLTL and Breaking Bad star, Bryan Cranston, did point out how the once powerful soaps, just don’t have the dollars they used to, and need to, to help with production costs and their taping schedule.

Viewers were reminded of soaps’ socially relevant storylines including hankie-inducing moments from: Robin (Kimberly McCullough) and Stone’s (Michael Sutton) HIV/AIDS storyline on General Hospital, to Billy Douglas being a gay teen coming out on One Life to Live, played by a young Ryan Phillippe.

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There also did not seem time spent on the contributions of William J. Bell; one of the most prominent writers of the soap genre of all-time.

For many commenting on social media last night, there seemed to be a feeling of some glaring omissions of participants who could speak on this genre, who have been in the trenches as soap producers, soap writers, pundits, actors, and more, who were not included in the special.

So, what was your review of The Story of Soaps? How would you grade it? Do you feel it accurately reflected the history of the genre?  Were you happily surprised,  or when it came to the end where you over it, or somewhere in between? Sound off in the comment section below.  Below are some tweets from notables who have worked as an actor, a writer, and a journalist in the soaps.  

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Days Of Our Lives

DAYS Stacy Haiduk and Linsey Godfrey Deliver ‘The Power Performance of the Week’

Fans of Days of our Lives knew when the mother of all showdowns was going to go down, it would be the payoff they had waited for – the rightful bio-mom would finally hold her baby in her arms!

In emotional and top-notch performances from Stacy Haiduk (Kristen) and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah), Kristen finally comes face-to-face with baby Rachel, who Sarah had kidnapped, although Sarah believed for so long that she was raising her daughter, MacKenzie.   When she learned the bombshell truth, that the child was not hers and that her baby died, she took off with the little one to Europe.

On last Tuesday’s episode, an overwrought and pissed Kristen tells Sarah: “Where the hell do you think you’re going with my baby?”  Sarah calls the child her daughter.  Trying to reason with her Kristen knows Sarah loves Rachel.  Then, Sarah goes on how she was there from the beginning and helped the baby through cancer.  Kristen knows and appreciates that, but also says it should have been her that was doing all of that, and all of those moments and more were stolen from her.

Sarah calls out Kristen and says she is incapable of being a good mother. Cornered Sarah says she will scream if Kristen tries to take Rachel out of her arms.  Kristen relates that her baby is alive and she’s so very sorry that her joy is Sarah’s mourning. Kristen truly thanks Sarah for everything she’s done the entire time to raise her little girl,  But, she asks Sarah to please hand over her child.  Sobbing, Sarah finally does just that.

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Next, Brady (Eric Martsolf) and Xander (Paul Telfer) show up at the scene, and for the first time, Brady and Kristen hold their daughter. Their joy turns to more sorrow when they realize Kristen can never go back to Salem. If she does, she will be sent to prison for stabbing Victor (John Aniston).   When Brady agrees to disappear with her, Kristen won’t  let him do that.  Brady says that if he has to let her go to protect her and their child, he will step aside.  In another heartbreaking moment, Brady tells Rachel he loves her and says his heart will be with her, always.  Kristen promises to give her the life she deserves and the two say goodbye!

Later, Sarah returns to Abigail and Chad’s apartment where she tells Rex (Kyle Lowder) what happened and that she handed over the baby. She cries as Rex holds her as Xander (Paul Telfer) arrives, and Sarah is not-to-pleased to see him!

All complex emotional scenes, that is why Michael Fairman TV names Stacy and Linsey are Power Performances of the Week.  Let us know what you thought of their big scenes via the comment section below.

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