It was a short week for The Bold and the Beautiful thanks to basketball, but that didn't take away from any of the excitement.
After weeks of will they/won't they Ridge and Katie finally sealed the deal and made love. They waited until they had broken the news of their budding relationship and, well, that they had fallen in love to Brooke.
Considering how it played out, it's surprising they managed to hold out so long!
All of this played out beautifully over Brooke breaking down and hitting the bottle, unable to believe that anyone but her could have Ridge, let alone her sister Katie.
It's difficult not to feel for Brooke on some level, but she's made so many mistakes and is so sure that Ridge will always come back to her no matter what, it's really nice to see Katie get a little happiness after all the pain she suffered at the hands of Brooke and Bill.
It's honestly not a situation of payback, even though Bradley Bell is painting Brooke as the victim. Thorston Kaye and Heather Tom as Ridge and Katie have an undeniable chemistry that can happen with a recast. It would be ridiculous not to use what they have to up the romantic factor.
When Ridge returned to Katie and delivered his message with a hot kiss, the flirty smile on Katie's face was perfect. You can tell both actors are feeling what they have discovered with the characters and the show is benefiting.
Brooke will hit rock bottom to give Katherine Kelly-Lang something for her Emmy reel, and you can't deny they eat up scenes like the boozy one in which she delivered this line:
You were right from the beginning. I was the slut from the valley. I was the slut from the valley!Brooke
Shades of Reva Shane from Guiding Light right there. Will that moment go down in the history of The Bold and the Beautiful? It would only have been better if Brooke had taken her drinking public. It's too bad there aren't any good locations currently available for her to make a spectacle of herself.
You'd think that Bill would have been rolling over with happiness at Brooke's misfortune only because it left the door wide open for his return. Instead, in a shocking twist of empathy, he played it genuinely concerned for the woman he can't get out of his head.
Bill was right -- Ridge and Katie gave them a gift. They can have a lot of fun rediscovering each other and doing all the crazy, unpredictable things that Ridge wants to get away from.
The other story of the week was Ally showing a little more crazy and discovering that her family has a lot more respect for Wyatt than she was counting on. She hoped by revealing his place in stealing the diamond it would make him public enemy number one, but she's been so volatile lately it actually made her look worse than a thief.
Good job, Ally!
She's going to slide farther down the loony ladder in weeks to come, I fear. Her unnatural obsession with Hope and her integrity (at least she's not worried about her virginity anymore) isn't going away just yet. Now that the family has shown support of Wyatt and of Hope and Wyatt as a couple, will that make her even more kooky? Probably!
It looks like we're back with a full schedule next week.
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