A Critic’s Review of The Bold and the Beautiful: Making the Grade

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

It’s grade card time for The Bold and the Beautiful, and right off the bat, the soap gets an F for its steadfast refusal to tell two storylines simultaneously, every day, for an entire week.

This past week was wall-to-wall Quarter, and everyone taking it upon themselves to tell Eric Forrester (John McCook) exactly what he should and shouldn’t be doing with his own life.

Given that Eric admitted one of his major failings as a husband was standing idly by while and sundry read his wife filth – usually to her face – why does he continue to allow such behavior persist? And by the by, we expect Brooke Logan Forrester (Katherine Kelly Lang) to act in such a manner, but NOT Katie Logan (Heather Tom).

And the fact that the Sheila Carter (Kimberlin Brown) plotline was dropped entirely – save for the odd evoking of her name here and there – until the close of Friday’s was a massive letdown/mistake.

That all being said, we’re rewarding B&B an A for avoiding (or, at the very least, seeming to avoid) the old soap cliché of a house guest causing consternation between her hosts by falling madly in love with the man about the premises.

It sure did look like Paris Buckingham (Diamond White) was going to come between Steffy Forrester (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) and John “Finn” Finnegan (Tanner Novlan), but now she’s moving out of the cliff top abode – which she never should have settled in in the first place.

We’re also doling out a C for all the potentially juicy stories that are just hanging out on the back burner, anxiously awaiting someone – ANYONE – in the writers’ room to suddenly remember them and thrust them into the fore.

What has become of Brooke’s blink and you missed it desire to rule the Forrester Creations roost with her hubby, Ridge Forrester (Thorsten Kaye)? Ditto Katie and Bill Spencer’s (Don Diamont) nonexistent courtship, and the latter’s nonexistent (at least on-screen) character growth?

And while their Monday night romp was indeed hot ‘n’ heavy, Steffy and Finn’s reconnection only served to make us ponder the state of their relationship – legally speaking; was that marriage license ever filed?

Also, we have to ask: aside from reminding viewers that characters other than Eric, Quinn Fuller Forrester (Rena Sofer), and the myriad of detractors exist, what purpose did Thomas Forrester (Matthew Atkinson) and Hope Logan Spencer’s (Annika Noelle) interaction serve? Is this a warning that The Bold and the Beautiful intend to once again explore the possibility of a Thomas/Hope pairing?

Further B&B Critic’s Musings

* Shouldn’t Eric have had that all-important talk with Carter Walton (Lawrence Saint-Victor) – you know, the one where he went to great pains to say that Quinn is his wife and life partner and only Carter’s bedmate – BEFORE he literally gave him and Quinn a permission slip to fornicate?

Speaking of — here’s hoping that Carter kept that piece of paper. It’s going to come in mighty handy in the aftermath of being caught sans street clothes by Justin Barber (Aaron D. Spears).

* Proof that B&B characters exist in some perverse world where 1950’s era mores prevail: Brook and Katie spending an entire episode plus another half scoffing at the fact that a woman would even entertain the notion of – let alone put it into practice – going somewhere besides the office without her husband by her side.

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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