It's been a tough week here at Scoop Headquarters. Due to pressing engagements at my real job, I missed three episodes this week due to meetings. To add to that, my favorite writing companion, my 12-year-old Dalmatian Sparky, moved on to the Great Beyond on Thursday. He always loved the column...or moreover, my finishing it so he could get a scratch on the head and a milk bone. Farewell friend.
But I will persevere this week and try to add what I can to the madness that ensued this week. Though I missed some shows, I did check the spoilers on both Brick/Bridge boards to see what was happening. I have to pat myself on the back just a little bit as it seemed that a few of my predictions may be coming true. Let's examine, shall we?
First, I have to say that I hope my husband has a better excuse for the scratch marks on his back than Thomas did for Caitlin! Geez! How lame is '..a backpacking fall'? I was thinking that Rick would recognize the marks right away after so many years with Amber. The restraining order seems worthless and will only serve to increase the tension with Daddy and the scratch marks! Amber has made deflowering the young horndog her mission in life and thereby will become the bain of Ridge's existence in the process. Now that aspect, I love! To watch Ridge get so irritated is worth the price of admission. Don't be surprised to see Thomas bolt the Forrester mansion and head over to hang with Gramps at Marone. Maybe he will want to get to know his biological grandfather and just maybe he will get more support for his 'I want to be treated like a grown-up' attitude.
Rick and Caitlin seem to be 'cooling' off this last week. Yes, they still are all gooey-eyed over each other, but the mention of a homecoming dance made Rick back off in a puff of white smoke, huh? I have said this before...give it some time without any mattress dancing and the novelty will wear off. Couple that with Caitlin most certainly finding out what a sex stud Thomas had become and you have all the makings of a strange triangle between Caitlin/Thomas/Amber. Rick could be the odd guy out very soon. Amber won't give up that easily of course and will probably go back to her old tricks from the days of chasing Kimberly away. Thomas and Caitlin may soon figure out that a relationship together is easier than one with other considerably OLDER people.
Ok, I am LOVING the new Thorne! So he stole the designs away from the Great One, so what? I take that as less of a lowering of his standards and more of a message that they have dismissed him as the lesser of the two sons for the last time. I don't blame him at all under the circumstances. There is a reason for the saying 'Nice guys finish last'. To his detractors, exactly how long is his character supposed to be in the basement and choking on the shovelfuls of crap Ridge has fed him? This shift in his character is actually a welcome departure for Thorne. Some characters take a severe shift or a shift that is just plain stupid, but this adds something to the show. It adds a great tension between brothers and will cause a shake up in all sides of the stories. There's no question that the writing has become stale as of late but this element could help a lot.
I'd like to thank everyone for their thoughts last week on the overall State of the Union for B&B. The consensus seems to be that things really have been awful for too long now. Many said the teen story is worthless and that there have been too many stop-start storylines that get us all excited only to have the rug brought out from under us. There were also a group of readers that feel bad that Brooke has been reduced to 'window-dressing' for Ridge and not involved in any story of her own. I like to think that through readers emails I have my finger on the pulse of the show (most of the time) and it seems to be barely hanging on. More passion (and not from tired Brooke-Ridge), more intrigue (need a good murder mystery), and less teen-centered stories. They rarely work on most soaps and even harder when it's getting started at the end of the summer teen viewing season. I look to the ATWT or Y&R teens stories as the more successful ones (and featuring hot teens as well which certainly helps the ratings!).
I'm going to shift right to the soapbox as the emails were fantastic and truly insightful. Besides, I missed so many shows this week that I don't have as much to comment on as usual. So without further ado...