By Marlena De Lacroix a.k.a. Connie Passalacqua Hayman
It may be the strangest game changer in soap history. While The Bold and the Beautiful’s Bill Spencer was climbing to a mountain top in Aspen, he slipped and fell. Not that far, thanks to his safety line. But far enough, he said, to frighten him into an epiphany.
According to Bill, he saw his whole life flash before his eyes. He realized that leaving his wife Katie for her sister Brooke was wrong, wrong, wrong. This week, to make things right, he broke up with his supposed great love, Brooke, and attempted to return to a stunned Katie.
Did Bill’s mountaintop revelation prove that he may he may indeed have a conscience? Balderdash! We don’t believe Bill ever had a conscience in the first place, or else he never would have left his beloved wife for her sister. The truth is that Bill misses the power he had when he was the head of Spencer Publishing, a position he lost to Katie. At the same time, Bill misses his baby son, Will, who has remained with Katie.
Predictably, Brooke took the break-up badly. “All the men who tell me they love me leave me,” cried Brooke, who has an engagement ring stashed away in a drawer to “prove” Bill’s love. Indeed, many men in B&B history have loved and left Brooke. What she might not recognize is that she doesn’t know the difference between love and sexual attraction.
In Bill she met her equal; he doesn’t understand the difference, either. Strangely. Bill and Brooke, a most scandalous couple, became incredibly popular on B&B. The actors, Katherine Kelly Lang and Don Diamant have dynamite chemistry. With all the fervor of a sweeping romance novel, Bill chased Brooke to Rome to claim her and brought her home in triumph, whereupon the two started living together.
That didn’t last long, did it? In the interim, Katie grew stronger, running the company and taking care of Will. She did not have a nervous breakdown. Even so, Bill and Brooke treated her like a mental case, blaming her problems, including postpartum depression, for her “pushing” her husband and sister-in-law together. The audience didn’t know who to root for Bill to be with — Brooke or Katie. This continued for some months.
Knowing the difference between right and wrong , we always rooted for wife Katie. Now, we await whether or not she will take Bill back. We certainly hope not. And as to that moutaintop revelation — maybe it was inevitable after all. Without fickle Bill changing his mind, B&B would have no on-going story to tell.
Who do you think Bill will be with from now on? Does he deserve his legal wife Katie, and all that goes with her? Is the newly spurned “fiancé” Brooke better off without him? Will Bill’s balderdash finally be exposed?