Why Bold and Beautiful’s Stephanie Forrester Was Meant to Die in Brooke Logan’s Arms


 




SPOILER ALERT: Stephanie Forrester (Susan Flannery) will succumb to a lengthy battle with lung cancer Monday on The Bold and the Beautiful. The fashion maven will perish in the arms of her mortal enemy-turned-soulmate Brooke Logan (Katherine Kelly Lang).

I've seen a few gripes on Twitter and the blog about B&B deciding to have La Forrester die in Brooke's arms, as opposed to with Eric (John McCook), their children or favorite daughter-in-law Taylor (Hunter Tylo). People really need to brush up on their epic mythology. Who better for Stephanie to make the transition into the next life with, than the woman she spent so much time battling in this one? 

At the end of Gone With The Wind, Melanie wasn't anxious to say last, dying words to easily-relatable, sister-in-law India Wilkes. It was Scarlett, the woman who had spent the entire book/movie trying to take her man, whom Melanie needed to make eternal peace with.

Darth Vader didn't die alongside his favorite stormtrooper; it was Luke Skywalker he pulled the mask off for. Okay, so Luke was his son and all, but you get where I'm going!

From the moment Brooke catered that party at the Forrester mansion, her destiny was intertwined—not so much with Ridge's (Ronn Moss)—but with Stephanie's. The Battle Axe from Beverly Hills saw a younger version of herself in the Slut From The Valley; which is why Stephanie desperately wanted to keep Brooke out of her family.

Like Brooke, a young Stephanie had no problem using sex to take a man away from the woman he loved, and that terrified Stephanie. For the first time ever, La Forrester saw a true threat to the place she obsessively held in the lives of her estranged husband and sons. She also resented Brooke for being so brazenly sensual. Although they both used sex as a weapon, Brooke had the audacity to enjoy the carnal act, and that simply wasn't proper!

As with any hero(ine)'s journey, both Brooke and Stephanie changed for the better along their stormy road. They even managed to find common ground, post-Stephanie's deadly diagnosis. Sure, it would have been more traditional, safe and boring for Stephanie to die surrounded by her various recast children, but on a larger, more epic scale, she was meant to die with Brooke Logan Forrester by her side.  Watch a sneak peek of Monday's B&B below.


 

 

27 Responses

  1. Avatar of soapjunkie88
    soapjunkie88

    Brooke and Stephanie are the supercouple of this show. Of course she has to die in Brooke’s arms. Seeing the last 25 years of this show, it makes perfect sense. Especially when you look at how their relationship has developed over the years. There was always much love, there was hate and there was a lot of passion on both sides.

    I know that Brad Bell didn’t know what to do with them the last couple of years. You didn’t even know anymore if Brooke and Stephanie hated each other or not … but for a really long time now there is a lot more between them than Brooke being Stephanie’s archenemy.

    I never saw that Stephanie’s relationship with Taylor run that deep. Yeah they were close for years but it seemed more like that Stephanie was constantly using Taylor to keep Ridge and Brooke apart. That was her goal. And Taylor even saw that in the end. They had a good friendship but never the chemistry that Brooke and Stephanie shared in their powerful scenes.

    And Eric I think had his goodbye scene. Him singing to her … it doesn’t get any better than this.
    And asked about B&B, Stephanie and Brooke are just the one pairing that comes to my mind. THESE TWO drove the show for over 20 years. I don’t believe that it was Brooke/Ridge or their triangle with Taylor … no it was always about Stephanie and Brooke.

    So nobody should wonder that it ends like this.

  2. Avatar of alstonboy4315
    alstonboy4315

    Stephanie had more chemistry with Brooke than she ever did with Eric. Just saying.

    This is gonna be so sad, but I think it’s the perfect “ending”…..as if the terms “perfect ending” ever could apply to losing such a powerhouse actress and character. :(( :(( :(( :((

  3. Avatar of Smitty
    Smitty

    I respectfully disagree Jamey. I haven’t like how they have had many of Stephanie’s loved ones as an after thought. I have for the most part enjoyed Stephanie’s Goodbye but there are a couple gripes that I have expressed on the blog. I am by no means a Brooke fan and I’m sure that’s part of my dislike for Stephanie dying with Brooke. I wouldn’t have made the choice of having Brooke die with Stephanie I don’t like it and there’s probably nothing that anyone can say to make me change that thought.

  4. Avatar of The_Moustache
    The_Moustache

    at first when i read that Steph would share her last moments alive with Brooke, i was a little pissed.

    but after thinking it over it makes the most sense.

    their conversations over the past week about how their feud started 25 years ago and now it’s ending in a whole other way between the two was great.

  5. Avatar of Daniel St. John
    Daniel St. John

    While I am not up in arms or anything over Stephanie being with brooke when she dies, I do think it should have been Eric or Ridge (if Ronn Moss was still on the show).
    While Stephanie and Brooke’s relationship (both friendly and adversarial) has been the biggest driving force of the show, the rivalry was always based on Stephanie being angered by Brooke’s relationship with Ridge and then Eric. So I’d have preferred her dying in the arms of one of the men who she devoted her life to instead of the woman she only entered into any type of relationship with because of those two men.

  6. Avatar of Yoryla
    Yoryla

    Well I could not disagree more. There is many points from which this could be argued but one is palpably clear: Brooke is not meant to be a heroine. Same thing as with Y&R’s Phyllis and DAYS’ Sami.

    She is not meant to be the romantic leading protagonist. She was meant and should be the antagonist. The sex kitten who goes after what she wants and takes it. Whether it is a man or a company. And she used to be like that. But then Brad Bell got the idea that she should be the heroine. If anyone was and should have been the heroine it is Taylor. However, this was forgotten and blown up to smithereens when Taylor came back in 2005. Suddenly she was hitting people with cars, boozing it up and romancing everything around Ridge? No way. That’s why all this, and the past two years have been utterly ludicrous. Brad Bell’s Brooke propping is blatantly obvious. Brooke gets to call all the shots, gets to have every man on the show fall for her, and even gets to have the show’s matriarch’s passing be about her.

    This isn’t Kay & Jill. With them, you could pull this off. Not with these two.

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    1titanman

    While I agree with my homie Smitty my problem not her dying in Brooke’s arm is that her family so worried about their raggedy fashion house.

    I know it a drama emulated on real life experiences, but in real life the head of the family dies everybody would be there. I don’t like the fact that she only wants Eric there for her death. Whatever went down with Ronn Moss his character along with many key family members should be there to say good-bye. That just me and also how come Amber wasn’t at Stephanie fair-well party? There just some holes in this story that I can’t get with.

  8. Avatar of Hate Sonny
    Hate Sonny

    Susan Flannery and Katherine Kelly Lang have been blowing it out of the water, no matter what your opinion of the way the story has played out. As far as all the stuff about Taylor being more suited to be the heroine of this show, I’m not sure I agree. Her romantic entanglements have been as convoluted as Brooke’s-Ridge, Thorne, Nick, Rick, a flirtation with Eric at one point if I remember correctly, and, quite frankly, she’s as boring and hypocritical as they come. And, when I look at KKL, I see a woman who is beautiful and natural and who has grown as an actress. Hunter Tylo, not so much. At one point, she was arguably one of the most beautiful woman on television, but now she is all implants and fillers and her acting is only slightly less artificial than her face. Finally, for all the shit KKL gets from fans about controlling the show and the Deacon fiasco, it appears that Ronn Moss, Susan Flannery, and John McCook all love and respect her. I’m not sure you can say the same for Hunter.

  9. Avatar of casey22
    casey22

    I have to disagree. Stephanie and Brooke were not alike and Stephanie did not use sex to get men ( that was Brooke’s M.O). When she took Eric from Beth she actually thought Ridge was his child so that’s diffrent. In addition, Stephanie did not despise Brooke because she saw a younger version of herself ,rather she hated Brooke because they were complete and polar opposites. Stephanie was family oriented and loyal. Brooke was wild, unpredictable and tore through her family like a disease.

    I have no problem with Stephanie forgiving Brooke or vice versa ,but dieing in your enemies arms is a bit over kill. Brooke and Stephanie had their time of healing during the last cancer storyline so there’s no need for a similar story ( it feels a bit redundant). Her children, I think (for the long time fans) should of been around her during her last moments . This just seems like another concentrated effort on the writers part to push Brooke as the new matriarch instead of giving long time fans what could of been a great story. Stephanie dieing Brooke’s arms does not seem like irony ,but feels a bit opportunistic. It’s bad lazy writing. Sorry for the rant just my opinion.

  10. Avatar of david46208
    david46208

    On Days Lexie died in Abe’s arms outside in yard. Now Stephanie is gonna die outside in Brookes arms. Sometimes you have to wonder if soaps really do copy one another. I would rather the traditional hospital scene where all the loved ones are gathered around and then “beep beep beep… bbbbbbbbbbbbbb beeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.”

    Those are always the best.

  11. Avatar of twb6yz
    twb6yz

    I’m okay with this for so many reasons.

    I’ve always seen the character of Eric as very weak and coddled. Brooke was a nurse and is a much stronger character. I think Brooke would be stronger at the crucial moment compared to Eric. Plus I never forgave him for concealing Stephanie’s ownership of the company.

    I’ve never really bought into Eric’s great love for Stephanie. In the time this show has been on the air was Stephanie with anyone other than Eric or Massimo?

    So who has Eric been with. He was married to Stephanie (multiple times), Brooke Logan (multiple times), Sheila Carter, Donna Logan. I think he was engaged to Jackie Marone, and Sally Spectra (although I think that one was a hoax). He was also involved with Beth Logan and Sally Spectra.

    Right about now I want to pull a Stephanie and knee the man in the groin.

  12. Avatar of Chelley62
    Chelley62

    My problem with the story ending this way wasn’t that she dies in Brooke’s arms, it’s that she asked specifically for Brooke and I’m just not buying that would have been a Stephanie “thing” to do given their history. Asking for someone else , namely Taylor, BUT getting Brooke in the end due to a calamity of errors seems more fitting. Maybe I’m nitpicking but I have been watching this show since day one and after the Thomas/Brooke bruhaha not long ago, all orchestrated by Stephanie, I just can’t “buy” that they are now good buddies enough for her to ask specifically that Brooke be called. I’m still bawling through these scenes but I find that small detail out of character and a writing misstep on Bell’s (or Kay Alden’s) part.

  13. Avatar of Cordelia Chase
    Cordelia Chase

    This makes sense to me, even though I much prefer it when Stephanie and Brooke are mortal enemies.

    Regardless of how laughable their relationship has sometimes been written, they are together the driving force of this show. I don’t agree that Stephanie saw herself in Brooke, but I do agree they had many similarities; namely that both went after what they wanted with a single-minded determination and didn’t care what anyone thought.

    Should Eric and the kids have been there? Yeah, probably. It’s more realistic, but soaps aren’t supposed to be realistic. This contentious relationship has driven more story than either woman’s love affairs with various male characters. In the end, it’s fitting. I’d want Viki and Dorian or Lindsay and Nora from OLTL to go the same way. These women understand each other in ways their men never have.

    Also, Eric’s backbone disappears too frequently and Ridge has always been a wishy-washy twerp. Taylor is no better than Brooke, having slept with and/or married her way through the Forrester family. She hides behind her righteous indignation and medical degree, but she’s still a slut. At least Brooke is honest about her sexual appetites. Finally, as much as people dislike Brooke, KKL is a phenomenal actor, the only one on the show who even comes close to being on par with Susan Flannery.

  14. Avatar of harlee490
    harlee490

    ITA w\Jamey about Stephanie dying in Brooke’s arms. If you watched in the very start (yes I did order the dvd) when Bill was writing the show to get it up and running, the back history of Eric & Stephanie was Stephanie had stolen Eric from Beth when Eric was in design school. Stephanie had came to LA to get away from her parents used every trick in the book to have Eric. She used sex and gotten pregnant and Eric feeling he had to marry Stephanie ruining his chance with Beth which ended up marrying Steven Logan. Brooke reminded Stephanie of what she had done all those years ago and her own guilt consumed her and felt threatened of Brooke and Ridge’s relationship. It’s has come full circle now and I been crying for a month now :((

  15. Avatar of tashikins
    tashikins

    I don’t agree that “KKL is a phenomenal actress” at all! She is a phenomenal weeper.Please let’s get over Hunter’s plastic surgey: for one I think she is still beautiful and two is a woman’s looks what makes her lovable or not? So patriarchal! May be Hunter believes so but I don’t.

    I agree that Eric is weak and has always been a ‘dog’ with Steph in terms of all his women. His true love is Brooke just as I think Ridge’s was Carolne’s then Taylor’s. Eric loves Steph but he has not had romatic feelings for her in years. Are Stephanie and Brooke alike? Most women fight for their families–that’s as far as the similarity goes. Steph did use Taylor but I think she also loved her–if we are sticking to soap history–remember her words at Taylor “funeral”? She does believe that Brooke loves Ridge but was she ever convinced that Brooke was the best choice for Ridge–I’m not convinced. The men (except for Thorn) in Steph’s life are weak. Massimo was a better match for her in terms of will and spunk but Steph has only ever loved snivelling Eric.

  16. Avatar of tashikins
    tashikins

    I don’t agree that “KKL is a phenomenal actress” at all! She is a phenomenal weeper.Please let’s get over Hunter’s plastic surgey: for one I think she is still beautiful and two is a woman’s looks what makes her lovable or not? So patriarchal! May be Hunter believes so but I don’t.

    I agree that Eric is weak and has always been a ‘dog’ with Steph in terms of all his women. His true love is Brooke just as I think Ridge’s was Carolne’s then Taylor’s. Eric loves Steph but he has not had romatic feelings for her in years. Are Stephanie and Brooke alike? Most women fight for their families–that’s as far as the similarity goes. Steph did use Taylor but I think she also loved her–if we are sticking to soap history–remember her words at Taylor “funeral”? She does believe that Brooke loves Ridge but was she ever convinced that Brooke was the best choice for Ridge–I’m not convinced. The men (except for Thorn) in Steph’s life are weak. Massimo was a better match for her in terms of will and spunk but Steph has only ever loved snivelling Eric.

  17. Avatar of hey mon
    hey mon

    Thorne’s role should have been built up a great deal this year, and Stephanie should have died in Thorne’s arms.

    To say that Stephanie used sex, like Brooke uses sex, is a ridiculous joke. Stephanie is a strong enterpreneurial, career woman who wants whats best for her company and her children. Brooke is the town wh0re. Lang is a screen hog who has Brad Bell wrapped around her finger.

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