Linsey Godfrey Excels in Game-Changing Bold and Beautiful Episode

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We're only six days into 2015, but CBS Daytime's The Bold and the Beautiful appears determined to be this year's best daytime soap opera. On Monday's episode of the 30-minute serial, vengeful fashion scion Rick Forrester (Jacob Young) revealed he tricked his father into signing over control of Forrester Creations, before dumping his wife for his mistress.

In a display of extreme hypocrisy, Eric Forrester (John McCook)—the same guy who threw over his first wife for Rick's mother—insisted his son stay married to Caroline Spencer (Linsey Godfrey), if Rick wanted to keep his position as CEO.  Eric made this ridiculous decree, despite knowing Caroline had been doing more than collaborating on sketches with Rick's elder stepbrother and sworn enemy, Ridge (Thorsten Kaye).

Top Forrester model Maya Avant (Karla Mosley) revealed Caroline and Ridge's betrayal, setting off an epic war for control of the fashion house. As one of his spoils from said war, Rick took Maya as his kept mistress.

The two quickly began plotting how to seize total control, in between scrubbing each others' hard-to-reach places in Maya's penthouse tub. Rick drew up a contract giving him complete autonomy at Forrester Creations. Once his father signed the document, he'd be free to dump Caroline and be with Maya out in the open.

A wrinkle, not even Brooke Logan's (Katherine Kelly Lang) BeLieF formula could smooth out, arose when Rick's nosy cousin caught him and Maya canoodling outside their secret penthouse. Unfortunately for Eric, Caroline and Ridge, Ivy (Ashleigh Brewer) was too late to warn them about what Rick and Maya were plotting.

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While all involved in the story gave incredible performances on Monday, it was Godfrey who stole the episode. A destroyed Caroline ordered everyone out of Rick's office. She needed to give her husband one last chance to get over himself and salvage their life together.

If B&B stays this sharp, sexy and focused, no other daytime sudser will be able to touch it in 2015. Bravo to the cast and crew! Watch a clip of Godfrey's gut-wrenching performance below.