Eric and Ridge Rehash Their Oedipal Family History on The Bold and the Beautiful



Change has definitely been good for The Bold and the Beautiful. With two of the generally central Logan females off the canvas for a time, showrunner Brad Bell smartly refocused the serial on the Maya/Rick/Caroline/Ridge quadrangle. Bell is effectively utilizing the foursome as an instrument to tell the soap's best umbrella story since Brooke Logan (Katherine Kelly Lang) used the BeLieF formula to take control of Forrester Creations in the 90's.

Rick Forrester (Jacob Young), Brooke's son with family patriarch Eric (John McCook), recently tricked his father into signing over complete control of the luxury dynasty to him. While Eric is furious at Rick's deception—the younger man pretended to reconcile with his wife to gain his father's favor—he understands why his namesake was so desperate.

Rick grew up in the shadow of Ridge (Thorsten Kaye), son of Stephanie Forrester (Susan Flannery) and Massimo Marone (Joe Mascolo). Eric raised his first wife's offspring believing him to be his own flesh and blood. From birth, Ridge was groomed as his father's heir apparent.

Even after it was revealed Ridge wasn't a biological Forrester, the iconoclastic designer was still treated as the family's golden son — especially by his late mother.  Eric and Ridge strolled down their family's dysfunctional memory lane this week. See the clip below.

I love Ridge calling Eric out on being jealous of Stephanie's affections for her first born son with another man. Was the founder of Forrester Creations so enraged by Stephanie constantly doting on Ridge, he decided to take Brooke—his son's true love—to bed?

Did Ridge, on some subconscious level, decide to pay back Brooke and Eric's spawn by going after Caroline (Linsey Godfrey)? This is the kind of taboo, psychosexual drama the late Bill Bell proved master of.

After almost a decade of fluffy, paint-by-numbers, interchangeable love triangles, The Bold and the Beautiful seems poised to become the sexy, cerebral supersoap to beat. Who woulda thunk it? Check out a sneak peek of today's B&B below!