Last Week’s B&B: At Least Donna and Katie Weren’t On


At the rehearsal dinner for his wedding to Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang), things took a turn for the worse when Ridge (Ronn Moss) rushed in and broke the news of Phoebe’s death. Just an aside, but why would they even need a rehearsal – those two have been married half-a-dozen times before. What exactly needed rehearsing?

Thankfully, Ridge saying “Phoebe’s dead” was muted, and we were treated to an orchestral soundtrack as we saw the looks of shock and sadness on everyone’s faces. Or, in Marcus’s case, a look that said did I remember to put my pants on?

Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) and Ridge visited the mortuary to say their last goodbyes to Curly Sue. For once, I was hoping Phoebe would liven up proceedings and burst into song. As things transpired, it was grief, grief and more grief, culminating in Steffy standing on a balcony wailing. Fun stuff. I can appreciate a good soap death as much as anyone else, but this was all rather silly.

Stephanie discovered that Rick (Kyle Lowder) was driving over the speed limit and Phoebe wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. As usual, she was eager to lay the blame with a Logan. To be fair to the old battleaxe, it didn’t look good for Rick. However, as he explained to Brooke, it was an accident. Kudos to the actors for rising above what looked like a hastily thrown-together “shock” storyline. Brooke and Stephanie’s inevitable showdown was a highlight in a very strange week. Katherine Kelly Lang and Susan Flannery always steal the show with their scenes together.

Given Hunter Tylo‘s personal circumstances, it was hard to watch Taylor learn of Phoebe’s death and try to come to terms with it. Visiting the crash site with Ridge was touching, but it was her talk with Rick that got me. Having made the DC Top 10 Worst Couples list, I don’t think that I’m speaking for everybody (someone, please, tell me I’m not crazy) when I say that I love Rick and Taylor together. For me at least, they had great chemistry and he had respect for her (until that awful last-minute plot-device break up where she virtually threw baby Jack at Brooke). It was a welcome surprise that Taylor was grateful Rick was unharmed. When they first got together, I thought it stunk of a “filler” couple, a quick May/December fling. In the end, they won me over and I hope these two can find their way back to each other. I’ll take my medication now.

Of course Brooke and Ridge faced more angst, but by this point who cares? Fifteen years ago, maybe. Ten perhaps… but now? Just get married and then shut up about it, please. As much as I don’t want anyone lumbered with that schmuck Ridge, pairing these two off once and for all might end this unrelenting “love story”. If every other relationship Brooke has is going to be marred by her sickening obsession with Ridge, then fine – stick them together and spare me the constant disappointment of Brooke never growing or moving on. It’s getting old.

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  1. Profile photo of Luke Kerr
    Luke Kerr

    Steffie (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) and Ridge visited the mortuary to say their last goodbyes to Curly Sue. For once, I was hoping Phoebe would liven up proceedings and burst into song. As things transpired, it was grief, grief and more grief, culminating in Steffie standing on a balcony wailing. Fun stuff. I can appreciate a good soap death as much as anyone else, but this was all rather silly.

    LMAO!!!!!!!

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    soapjunkie88

    I have to say I enjoyed Taylor and Rick too. Always felt that they could of done so much more with the twist that Rick is Brooke’s son – and could in that way, bring more to the story line.

    That never really happened. Instead of we got Taylor giving her baby to Brooke…

    I also agree with the rest. Phoebe’s death was stupid, silly and bad television. And don’t get me started on Brooke and Ridge’s relationship… :sick:

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    MichaelKnight

    Hunter Tylo is so gross and disgusting with her plastic surgery since she came back from the dead (this most recent time) that I can’t even look at her grotesque face on screen. She is a freak and they should fire her for being too creepy to be on TV.

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    Jamey Giddens

    Thankfully, Ridge saying “Phoebe’s dead” was muted, and we were treated to an orchestral soundtrack as we saw the looks of shock and sadness on everyone’s faces. Or, in Marcus’s case, a look that said did I remember to put my pants on?

    Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) and Ridge visited the mortuary to say their last goodbyes to Curly Sue. For once, I was hoping Phoebe would liven up proceedings and burst into song. As things transpired, it was grief, grief and more grief, culminating in Steffy standing on a balcony wailing. Fun stuff.
    *****
    HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!

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    Mrs Adam Carrington

    Darren,

    I concur that feeble mind’s death was silly, actually it was downright comical, but this pathetic storyline was only saved by the brilliant acting of Katherine Kelly Lang and Susan Flannery who brought and showed the hair models that populate this cast how it is done.

    But Rick and Taylor, seriously Mr Lomas put down the crack pipe and back away slowly. Those two are chemistry free, the only person that had chemistry with Rick was Ashley Abbott and Taylor is inly fun when drunk also I can only tolerate Ridge when he’s with Taylor because he dials down the condescension and misogyny a notch.

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    FierceBish

    I was so happy that Feeble finally died after that strange rant she was giving Rick.

    Felicia will never get a good love interest on this show. The last time she was after a man it was Nick Newman from Y&R and that went nowhere!!

    They should just have Felica with Thorne and get it over with!

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    soapjunkie88

    Felicia will never get a good love interest on this show. The last time she was after a man it was Nick Newman from Y&R and that went nowhere!!

    —-

    Y&R should have kept her, not necessary to pair her with Nick, but I think Felicia and Brad would have been kind of hot. It’s a shame, that this little thing didn’t work out. Y&R could of done so much for Felicia and for Lesli Kay – then actually that’s a soap that knows how to write…

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    THEBEST

    Besides, the Taylor/Rick thing, I totally agree, Darren. What irked me was that Taylor was told of Phoebe’s death on Monday, yet we didn’t see her ’till Thursday. She & Thomas should have been at the hospital to say goodbye along with Ridge & Steffy. And for Stephanie to actually think that Rick would kill Phoebe (with himself in the car, too) in order to get back at Ridge is idiotic…

    ***///My life as a soap fan is on life support, waiting for a miracle…\\\***

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    Darren Lomas

    Thanks for the comments, guys! Jamie/Luke I’m looking forward to the podcast :)

    Soapjunkie – yes! A fellow “Trick” fan :D

    Mrs Adam Carrington – I’ll put down the crack pipe :D

    FierceBish – Lesli Kay is wasted, whilst the Katie/Donna stories continue… ugh.

    THEBEST – it was weird not showing Taylor’s reaction till Thurs, but I think Scott is right. All in all it’s a really weirdly played out storyline…

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    Darren Lomas

    Scott, I think you’re right about it being the execution, rather than the story. I don’t think the writing really played to the strengths of some of the cast and more importantly it was rushed… when they need to spend so long reminding us of everyone’s “special connection” to Phoebe, it gets on my nerves. It seemed to come out of nowhere and could have benefitted with a lot more build up. Look at the amount of time they spent on the Phoebe/Rick/Constantpain storyline, and that was DOA.

    This was like: Phoebe’s back, she has issues, she has strong bonds with people, but now she’s dead. I’ve got a bad feeling this will go the way of Brooke’s rape and not affect the canvas too much in the long run. I hope I’m wrong.

    I loved Rick, Brooke, Stephanie and Taylor in this… but, overall the pacing has been kind of “off”.

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    siomonstuart2003

    Darren, I hope the fallout will be longer than Brooke’s rape or any s/ls that Bell tells, but I not counting on it. I do feel that Bell is losing his touch and needs to go back to the drawing board before the ratings really hit a nosedive.

    siomonstuart2003

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    Scott Novick

    One factor that might have been behind Taylor’s absence from Tuesday and Wednesday (and the lack of the follow-up of Ridge telling her about Phoebe’s death on Monday) is that the scenes may have been hard for Hunter given that she lost her son last year. There’s been a lot of speculation around how close the story is to real life for her in that respect, and some of it involves either her being omitted from some scenes or scenes being left on the cutting room floor.

    Thomas, on the other hand, is another story. I know Drew Tyler Bell is only recurring, but to have him go to his room off camera and stay there with no interaction with his family seems odd. Drew’s supposed to be back in a couple of weeks, and then they’ll probably make it seem like he’s been there all along off camera even though we won’t have seen him for weeks.

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    Scott Novick

    Darren:

    It’s not the story of Phoebe’s death itself that’s so bad IMO, but the way it’s being played out at break-neck speed with little build-up and too many gaps in the actual execution. If they had played this right, including some foreshadowing – phone calls and/or letters from Phoebe before she came home hinting that she preferred being on tour to back home, more than three days between Phoebe’s return home and her death – this could have had the same impact that Y&R’s killing Cassie Newman did in 2005. That, too, was a senseless death, but once it happened, it had tendrils that affected the entire Y&R core for years and it’s still being felt in some ways today. But by having Phoebe come home, announce the real reason she left town, confront Rick and die in the space of three days, B&B just left too many blanks to be filled in. And it wasn’t helped by the lack of scenes between Phoebe and Steffy before Mackenzie Mauzy headed for the neon lights of Broadway. While I don’t totally agree with it, I can see why TPTB recast Steffy as Phoebe’s now fraternal twin. But to make the twin connection believable, we needed more than the one, “Oh, I missed you so much, I’m glad you’re home” scene we were given right before Phoebe died.

    And yeah, some of the scenes – Steffy looking like she’s channeling the girl from Titanic on the Forrester mansion roof and bawling in the morgue – were over the top. But this is B&B, where almost everything is over the top, so I can live with that part. And other scenes – Ridge lunging at Rick, Rick’s whole reaction, the Taylor scenes once we got them, the Brooke/Stephanie exchanges – were well done, so I have to give credit to those, even if they were part of a story with so many other holes. I can even buy Stephanie blaming Brooke and Rick because that’s true to her. Stephanie’s too much of a rock to just grieve like the rest of the family. For her to assume the worst and blame a member of Brooke’s family, or even Brooke herself, is typical Stephanie.

    I just hope this whole story doesn’t get wrapped up in a neat little bow too quickly. I can see where some plot points might get resolved quickly, but if this just goes away as quickly as it came, what’s the point?

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