How will The Bold and the Beautiful's Ridge Forrester (Thorsten Kaye) react to everything that has transpired during his absence, namely former wife Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) having played hide-the-sword with Bill (Don Diamont)? Could Brooke's actions cause Ridge to look in her little sister Katie's (Heather Tom) direction?
TV Guide Magazine: Given your love for twisted romance, will you have Ridge fall Katie? It would drive Bill and Brooke crazy!
Bell: [Laughs] Well... maybe I will. Anything is possible! Thorsten makes a fantastic Ridge — very different from [predecessor] Ronn Moss. He'll really electrify the show. Bill has been cock-of-the-walk for way too long. He needs a little competition! And that's exactly what he's going to get! We're going to find out that Ridge has gone through something very significant during his time away — something that's really changed him. There's only one Ronn Moss and he was splendid, but now we have a new and very different Ridge and it's exciting to write for him.
Speaking of Bill and Brooke, why did their relationship hit the skids so fast? Bell revealed some interesting information and great advice his father, the late Bill Bell, gave him.
TV Guide Magazine: Why did you blow up the Bill and Brooke romance so quickly?
Bell: I found myself in a real pickle. There could have been permanent damage to Brooke in the eyes of the audience if she forgave Bill for what he did to her and to Katie. So she chose loyalty to her sister. My dad [Y&R and B&B creator Bill Bell] always said, "Paint yourself into a corner, and then find a way out." This is a great example of that. We got terrific drama out of it but needed to get out fast.