By Marlena De Lacroix a.k.a. Connie Passalacqua Hayman
In decades, I’ve rarely raved about a single storyline. But the Rick-Maya-Caroline imbroglio that has played out over the last month or so has just been superb. It’s a can’t-miss-a-day tale of betrayal, ambition, narcissism and, above all, surprise.
Eric Forrester decided he wanted to take a year off and wanted Rick to take over as CEO of Forrester Creations. But he would only give Rick the reigns if Rick would reconcile with his wife Caroline. Rick complied, nominally, even though he had caught Caroline sharing a few innocent kisses with his brother Ridge. However, unbeknownst to anyone, Rick was carrying on an affair with his ex, Maya, Forrester’s lead model who is an ex-con and a major, major gold digger.
Rick had the company ownership transfer papers drawn up and just after Eric signed them, Rick revealed to everyone — especially a stunned Caroline — that he was still carrying on with Maya and wanted to run the company with her as his partner. Newly in power, Rick moved Maya into the Forrester mansion, replacing Stephanie’s over-the-mantle portrait with one of Maya. Caroline was left reeling, and so far has not stopped begging Rick to come back to her.
The real appeal of this story is that it was produced with something rare on today’s soap operas: genuine surprise. Caroline and Ridge — and the audience — were shocked during the revealing scene in which Rick announced he was going to run the company openly with his mistress. Caroline’s surprise and anguish were especially poignant. And the betrayed father Eric lit into son Rick with a fury.
Of course the success of a storyline like this has a lot to do with the acting. I’ve always thought of Karla Mosley (Maya) as a good to average actress, but she has been wonderful here, the kind of wonderful that invites an acting award nomination. Jacob Young has been great as always as the scheming, betraying husband. But the superstar among stars here is Linsey Godfrey as the betrayed wife Caroline. Beneath the grief and the shock, Godfrey finds strength that is as touching as it is admirable, and you can’t help but to root for her to get her husband back.
And the fun of this storyline isn’t nearly over. There’s still lots to play. Will Caroline persist in her efforts to get Rick back or just give up? Can Maya live peacefully with her conscience? Will she ever develop a sense of guilt out of stealing another woman’s husband? Will Rick stay with Maya or, underneath it all, does he still love his legal wife Caroline? It’s a great story, and I’m staying tuned.