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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Ridge Chooses Taylor

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Looks like Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) and Thomas’ (Matthew Atkinson) continued machinations finally paid off for now on CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful.   Not giving up hope that they can reunite their mother, Taylor (Krista Allen) with their father, Ridge (Thorsten Kaye) and have Ridge kick Brooke to the curb for good measure, today’s episode would mark a success for the Forrester fam.

However, we still don’t know for sure who is behind the call to CPS (Child Protective Services) that Ridge assumes was Brooke … but could it be Thomas or Douglas (Django Ferri/but soon-to-be the returning Henry Joseph Samiri) using the voice-changer? Whatever the case, B&B has found yet another way to break up Brooke and Ridge.  Something tells us when the truth comes out, Ridge may regret his ‘bold’ move in Aspen.

After having an epiphany when a pinecone falls on his head, Ridge hightails it to Aspen to find Taylor.  Meanwhile, Taylor is lamenting that she doesn’t want to be Ridge’s second choice and involved in a constant flip-flop for his love, attention, and devotion along with Brooke.

Ridge tells Taylor he understands why she would want to run if he was stuck between two women; but he’s not that man anymore.  He exclaims: “I want to be a better man, and you make me a better man. I want to be with you, for always.”

In typical B&B sweeping romantic fashion, the scenes between Ridge and Taylor are shot on the top of the mountains overlooking Aspen. Ridge professes his love to Taylor saying: “I’m here for us and I want you to be here for us too. Can you do that?” At first, Taylor shakes her head and relates, “I’m sorry.”  Then, after a brief pause with a smile and tears in her eyes, Taylor asks Ridge,”But what took you so long?”  Next, they embrace and share a heartfelt and passionate kiss.

Meantime, Brooke is on the private jet trying to get to Aspen knowing her marriage is in real trouble.  What will she do when she finds out Ridge gave his heart to Taylor?   Will there be a twist coming?

Check out the key scene where Taylor and Ridge reunite on the mountain top below.

Then let us know, do you want Ridge to stay with Taylor, or do you hope he goes back with Brooke? And, who made the call to CPS that started this whole mess over Douglas staying with his bio-dad, Thomas? Share your theories in the comment section.

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I have a comment:. I DON’T CARE!!!
Three decades of this is enough!!!
Also, no more Brooke and Bill!!! Tired of that mess too!!!

I agree, John. It reminds me of a dance caller yelling “CHANGE PARTNERS” when there are only two couples dancing. BORING!

After seeing todays episode I agree the writing is awful I wish this time Brooke & Taylor would say go away he does not deserve either one of them . I hate what they have also done to the character of Thomas.

Soaphound
Hi, Iam as bored and disgusted as most everyone, but can’t stop watching, if only to watch that dumb Ridge stand there and just turn him head back and forth and to hopefully put his son in his place when it finally comes out what terrible thing he’s done,no matter the end results.Who cares who Ridge chooses!

Brooke should just cut the waffler loose and get with Bill. I used to hate them as a pair. Bu he truly values her and she seems happy when she’s with him.

Lew S
You make a good point. l don’t understand what these two women see in this waffler as you called him. Right now he’s thinking Brooke is lying about the CPS thing but how will he react when he finds out the truth? Y

While bold has had some good storylines as of late this one is a downer. Ridge is one of the most arrogant obnoxious characters in daytime he makes you root for dollar bill and those scenes of Taylor running away from him were pathetic these characters are supposed to be late fifties and are acting like 90210 high schoolers and even worse is the parent trap nonsense of steffy and Thomas get a life I’m really rooting for bill and Li and it’s a shame that Rena sofer wasn’t given a better offer she’s gold bold there has got to be more than this boring triangle

OK I haven’t watched B&B for over 20 years but I had to post when I saw this. I simply can’t believe the Ridge/Brooke vs Ridge/Taylor is still going on. OMG

I have waited 3 decades for this to happen. I kind of wish it was the original characters, but I’ll take it. I know someone used Brooke’s voice on that call, but for now this win for Taylor is sweet.

Brad your giving me whip lash! No reflections on any of the actors but TK comes out of his coma with KA Taylor . These are the things that have always bugged me about Brooke who sleeps with their daughters husband and has a child then she has sex against a wall with Hopes boyfriend at a party because she thought he was Ridge!! Really! I was hoping for a new path for Taylor but yet Deacon would have been Brookes hand me downs.

I do love that Brad is still doing remotes stunning scenery

I haven’t watched this show for at least 15 years because of the lack of character development.These people are now close to if not in their sixties I just read this recap and can’t believe that they are still doing Ridge/Taylor/ Brooke!!! I don’t know how anyone can sit through this show.

It’s totally crazy!! If it’s Brooke, Ridge & Taylor, it’s Steffy, Hope & Liam. How many triangles can a show have!

This storyline is more than tired. Brooke should have evolved to be stronger and tougher after Stephanie died, giving Brooke her blessing. Why is Brooke painted as bad or troubled anymore? She is 60! Ridge has been written into a loser. His family are cruel and selfish and entitled. I just feel no empathy for them. Brooke and Bill make a more attractive and vibrant pair. Make them the Victor and Nikki of B&B and the new center. The Forrester family is no longer interesting.

Since B n B thrives on triangles I would love for this to be the last hoorah for this tired trio. It hurts without the original Ridge ( Moss) and Taylor ( tylo) . Time to retire these three and plunge. The Hope and Steffy triangle needs to mature up and introduce a new young teen triangle to grow into the show as leads! I thought there was tons of potential with Zende and Nicole and her sister because it reminded me of how beautiful Hunter, Ron and Katherine were when we first met those three. You could nt keep your eyes off them.But when all left and Zende returned with the new actor it fizzled with Paris . A new Latino trio maybe with some coming up in the world like the Logan’s would be refreshing and needed.

About time for Ridge and Taylor, Ridge needs to stand up to Brook on her constant bashing of Thomas and her meddling in Douglas’s life, like wanting him to forget the kiss he saw with Santa and trying to make Hope his only legal parent, Regardless of who made the CPS Call, Brook is not innocent of her judgement or threat.

Good luck I think they have great chemistry KA & TK but I am very sad because it will always end up with Brooke! If I was a shrink I would say severe problems decide which you want and let’s end the cycle of destruction only show I watch but I think I’m ready to fold it in ! I love KA and TK chemistry wonderful lord of fun but time to fold it in ! If grown ups are going to play the game let’s just close the story ! I think all of them are tired of this

I adore all of them and gosh bless them for putting up with this but KA and TK do have chemistry off the charts

TK and KA have lot’s of a calmer chemistry. Lots of kindness w/o turmoil.

Wait! When did they recast Hunter Tylo?

How can anyone watch this and not know how it will end? When it comes out what Thomas has done, Ridge will be guiltily back with Brooke, unless she’s already being consoled by Bill, Now, that’s what I call destiny , by default.

Let’s just cut go the chase when Eric realizes what Thomas has done, all he’ll will break loose, including his neck when his dad learns the truth.
Ridge did not really choose Taylor, he was pushed into it by his interfering kids, which is going to hurt Taylor more in the end. Oh, what a tangled web we weave, etc,etc.

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Y&R’s Eileen Davidson Delivers the ‘Power Performance of the Week’

Taking on a DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) storyline on the soaps can be extraordinarily challenging for the performer who is tasked with making a clear distinction and delineation between the various alters of their character.

However, the other trick to playing this kind of story, is often having the various alters trying to hide the fact from those they know and love of what is truly going on with them, so as not to tip them off, as to what is happening to them as they battle for control of a person’s psyche.

The gold standard is One Life to Live icon Erika Slezak’s (ex-Viki) Emmy-winning and gut-wrenching and riveting DID storyline where we met Tori, Niki (although we met her earlier in the life of the show), Tommy, Princess, Jean and even her father, Victor.

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Now in 2024, The Young and the Restless’ Eileen Davidson is playing out a new DID storyline for the first time as Ashley Abbott. We knew decades ago that Ashley had a breakdown and has suffered psychological issues, but this has taken it to a new level. And, let’s be real, if you are going to give someone currently on a soap a DID story, who better than Davidson, who is used to playing multiple characters at one time as she did on Days of our Lives. Although on DAYS, each of the characters were their own distinct person, while now on Y&R, Ashley’s alters are fighting for control of her being,

Last week, on the Thursday, April 12th episode of the CBS soap opera, Davidson truly got to shine, as in front of the Abbott family and through what was supposed to be an intervention (they hadn’t figure out what the hell was happening to her), Ashley was flipping from alter to alter. We know there is Ms. Abbott, and Ash thus far, but there is said to be one more alter a-coming.

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In the key scenes, Davidson’s internal struggle was played pretty masterfully in a scene where she literally is in a tug of war with her alters and flings herself on the couch, while Jack (Peter Bergman), Diane (Susan Walters), Billy (Jason Thompson) and Traci (Beth Maitland) look on. Of course, there are the soap trope scenes of alters in handcuffs while the other is on the loose. And leave it to Billy to figure out Ashley is suffering from DID from his past experience.

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While this all seemed to spring from Ashley’s messy relationship with Tucker (Trevor St. John) and a throw back to an old car accident where she lost her unborn baby, is there some other underlying issue in Ashley’s past that was even more traumatizing that will be revealed as another trigger for this massive personality split? We shall see.

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In the meantime, Michael Fairman TV names Eileen Davidson’s work the Power Performance of the Week, and rest assured, come 2025, Davidson will find herself going for the third Daytime Emmy win as Lead Actress for this storyline.

So, let us know, what did you think of Eileen’s performance? Are you enjoying Ashley’s DID storyline? What do you think will happen to her next? Comment below.

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: “Sugar Sugar! Oh, Honey Honey”

The Bold and the Beautiful revealed at the end of the Friday April 13th episode what many viewers had guessed, that it wasn’t Sheila (Kimberlin Brown) who died when Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) stabbed her, but it had to her doppelgänger, Sugar, or at least it seems that way.

Deacon (Sean Kanan) has been beside himself since seeing what was supposed to be Sheila’s body being cremated, but revealing the body had ten toes and not nine, and we all know Sheila had cut off her toe, so she only had nine.

While explaining his thoughts that she is alive to Finn (Tanner Novlan) and then trying later to explain to Ridge (Thorsten Kaye), Deacon is more convinced that something is wrong here. Meanwhile, Finn went to talk to Steffy about Deacon’s theory, which stuns her, as she believed she killed Sheila in self-defense.

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At Il Giardino, Deacon looks at his phone then slams it down. He flashes back to the body going into the crematorium oven saying to himself, “Maybe I’m not going crazy. Maybe that wasn’t you. And if that wasn’t you, maybe you’re out there. Maybe you need my help.”

Deacon gets on Sheila’s laptop and tries to find something that might help him figure out where Sheila has gone. He looks at her text message communications and sees a section from an unknown number. He opens the messages, and Deacon reads that they’re from someone named “Sugar.”  That person said she was going to find Sheila. In the messages, Sheila made it clear she wanted no part of her. But it could be that Sheila met up with Sugar, or was forced too?

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In a quick history lesson about the character of Sugar: she was originally played by Robin Mattson on B&B, and was a former prison warden who helped Sheila escape and then joined her in kidnapping Ridge Forrester to hold him for ransom. A twisted plot ensued, where flames engulfed the foundry they were at and Ridge was presumed dead. Meanwhile, Sheila and Sugar disappeared with Massimo and Sheila’s baby, Diana.

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Fast forward to 2006, Sheila returned to Genoa City to go after Lauren Fenmore (Tracey E. Bregman) again and was arrested for attacking Scott Grainger (Peter Barton). In a shocker, when Lauren went to visit Sheila in the slammer, she learned that the woman behind bars was actually Sugar, who had been given plastic surgery and now looks exactly like Sheila.

Now the questions become, did Sheila know that Sugar was going to attack Steffy? Did they have a plan and it went awry, or was Sheila hoping she could get rid of both Sugar and Steffy, by having her daughter-in-law sent to prison for her “murder”? Or, is Sheila out there somewhere in trouble?

Share your theories via the comment section below, and if you knew all along that it would be revealed that Sugar is the person who actually died and not Sheila. But first, check out next week on B&B where Deacon gets a visit from Lauren.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Drew and Nina Get Physical; Were You Surprised or Did You Expect it to Happen?

On the Tuesday, April 9th episode of General Hospital, Drew (Cameron Mathison) and Nina’s (Cynthia Watros) explosive relationship just turned up the heat another notch.

In story, Nina who was responsible (although she doesn’t see it that way) for Drew being sent to prison for insider trading when she tipped off the SEC, let out her feelings to him about how to get back in the good graces of her daughter, Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) and Michael (Chad Duell). In doing so, she asks him for his help with it.

For months, the two have had nothing short of contentious moments, where Drew has not let Nina off the hook for what he did to him, or to his ex Carly (Laura Wright). Fast-forward and when alone in the Crimson office, Nina brings up wanting to stick it to Carly again.

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As they banter back and forth, Drew can’t figure out why he should help Nina at all with any of her manipulations. Suddenly, as he tried to exit, his shirt rips and exposes his bare chest and abs, and Nina get quite an eyeful. From there, things become physical and before you know it, Drew and Nina are making out and having their version of hate-sex.

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Cameron Mathison spoke to Soap Opera Digest on the shocking turn events, sharing, “I didn’t see it coming at all. I really didn’t. I think the audience did. Cynthia did some appearances and I guess the audience was ‘You and Drew, there’s some sexy chemistry there.’ I was like, ‘Wait, what? Really?’ I didn’t even get it. So I love it that it was very unexpected. The writers saw it, too. And, I love that it’s not a typical way for two people to be … physical. I was gonna say intimate, but there’s not a lot of intimacy there. And then as soon as it’s over, it’s back to arguing and giving each other crap again. It was really cute and really well done.”

As the fallout for their office room romp will air on the Wednesday April 10th episode, just how will the two deal with the fact that they had this fiery passionate moment in the weeks and months ahead? Will this be Nina’s new plot to get at Carly to be seen with her ex? Will Drew and Nina never speak of this again? (Well, this is a soap opera, after all, that’s pretty doubtful), or is this part of a major reset for some of the characters on the canvas now that Patrick Mulcahey and Elizabeth Korte are co-head writing the show?

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Speaking on the aftermath of the tryst, Mathison added, “The two of them are both like, all right, let’s forget about that and move on. It’s like a weird kind of aggression attraction. There’s obviously attraction there, but I don’t think either of them expected it, and I think they’re both totally shocked and surprised by it. I think Drew gets a kick out of it whereas Nina is a little embarrassed by it.”

Now let us know, did you see this coming? Did you think Drew and Nina would have sex? What do you think of the story turn? Comment below.

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