By Marlena De Lacroix a.k.a. Connie Passalacqua Hayman
The Bold and the Beautiful is just past its 25th birthday and carries on doing what it does best: love triangles. The show’s theme might as well be, Three Into Two Won’t Go, which was the title of an English movie I remember from 1969. Apart from the nifty title, it was a fairly pretentious Swinging Sixties exercise about a middle-aged man (Rod Steiger) who falls for a young woman hitchhiker (Judy Geeson), who proceeds to become a boarder in his and his wife’s (Claire Bloom) home. Soaps really do some things better from time to time, even without such a heavyweight cast.
Consider first the triangle that has all but consumed the show — Steffy-Liam-Hope. It’s finally at an end, though perhaps only temporarily if Jacqueline MacInnes Wood hasn’t really left the show for good, and is instead just on a long hiatus. Wood did spectacular work on her way out as Steffy learned she could never have children and left for Paris without appraising Liam of that fact. Before exiting, she “gave” Liam to Hope. But the ever besotted Hope has just met a new man, Wyatt, played by cute Emmy winner Darin Brooks, who used to play Max on Days of Our Lives. So one good triangle smoothly should replace another. And it’s about time Hope stopped being so hung up on Liam, who did her wrong with Steffy numerous times.
Another promising new triangle is now arising, to be known henceforth as Maya-Rick-Caroline. Caroline wants to marry Rick, but now he only has eyes for Maya, an ex-con. Lindsay Godfrey is immeasurably better now that her character has turned into a bad girl. But the show has a made a major find in sparkling Karla Mosley as Maya. She plays strength and independence well, something unusual for a B&B heroine. As Rick, Jacob Young, an old soap pro, has the chops to play a very effective leading man to both women who are vying for his embrace.
But the best triangle on the show is Brooke-Bill-Katie. Don Diamont, who plays Bill, and Katherine Kelly Lang, who plays Brooke, are an electric pairing with great sexual magnetism. Their attraction is forbidden and lurid Bill, who is married to Brooke’s sister Katie, played by Heather Tom, who just won her third Daytime Emmy in the role. Brooke just dodged a bullet: turns out she was not pregnant after all following a one night stand with Bill. But that doesn’t mean this love triangle is over. Au contraire. On B&B love triangles have a habit of going on forever and with such a worthy cast, here’s hoping this one will, too. too.