How Many Times is Bold & Beautiful Gonna Use The Unsigned Marriage License Bit?

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Rena Sofer, Perez Hilton, John McCook

CBS Daytime's The Bold and the Beautiful almost told a powerful family story sans overused cliches this week. I said almost. Forrester patriarch Eric (John McCook) was incensed over his sanctimonious family's decision to boycott his wedding to jewelry designer and seemingly-reformed sociopath Quinn Fuller (Rena Sofer) on the half-hour sudser. 

The scenes where Eric ripped each member of his clan new button holes were things of couture beauty. McCook was most definitely in top form. Pay attention, Daytime Emmy voters!

Meanwhile, Quinn (an equally stellar Sofer) was pouring her heart out to son Wyatt (Darin Brooks), who is forever torn between standing up for his nutty mom and being a loyal husband to fickle wife Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood). The story climaxed with Eric doubling over from a brain bleed.

Cut to the hospital, where jackass Ridge (Thorsten Kaye) is blaming Eric's medical woes on Quinn and doing everything in his self-righteous power to keep the newlyweds apart. Now for the twist — stop me if you've heard this one before — Quinn and Eric aren't actually newlyweds because they never signed and filed their marriage license. Cue loud groans from the audience. 

B&B has reused this same "marriage license wasn't signed and/or filed" bit multiple times in recent years for faux marriages involving Hope (Kim Matula) and Liam (Scott Clifton), Ridge and Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang). Heck, I'm sure I've missed some examples!

When Steffy and Liam, (both of whom have been involved in silly capers about marriage licenses) reacted with such smell-the-fart astonishment that (Gasp!) Eric and Quinn hadn't signed their license, my eyes almost got stuck from perilously acrobatic rolling. Why ruin a perfectly decent family soap saga with such a lazy gimmick?

At least the Power of Attorney angle is something new. Welcome back, Carter (Lawrence Saint-Victor)! Watch tomorrow's B&B sneak peek, then sound off on the storyline in the comments!