The Bold and the Beautiful may be the youngest daytime soap on the air, celebrating its 28th birthday on Monday, March 23, but that doesn't mean it can't keep up with the Joneses (i.e. its much older soap opera counterparts). In fact, B&B has been known to make some pretty bold choices -- both on-screen and off -- that have contributed to the series being ranked as the world's most-watched soap opera. Ending with the soap's latest jaw-dropping move -- the reveal that Maya (Karla Mosley) was born male -- soapcentral.com is bombarding fans with a bountiful bank of B&B's boldest moves.
Soaps are no strangers to sex scenes, but B&B took it up a notch when Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) slept with her daughter Bridget's (Jennifer Finnigan) man, Deacon (Sean Kanan). Brooke and Deacon thoroughly enjoyed their risqué romp, information viewers were privy to via the pair's simultaneous, and might we add, audible orgasm -- gasp!
As part of a storyline in which the show's matriarch, Stephanie Forrester (Susan Flannery), battled stage four lung cancer and was inspired to take philanthropic action regarding Los Angeles' homeless, B&B hired 25 real-life homeless people from the infamous Skid Row area of the city to tell their stories on camera. Bradley P. Bell, the show's executive producer, hired an additional 30 homeless people to serve as extras in the scenes, which aired in the fall of 2010. It was a bold move -- half B&B and half reality -- that not only forever affected members of the cast and crew, but millions of viewers, as well.
Shocking moments are a dime a dozen in daytime, but Stephanie's heart attack stands out as a winning moment -- because it was completely faked! In front of a bevy of characters, including Eric (John McCook), Ridge (Ronn Moss), Brooke, and Bridget (Ashley Jones), Stephanie finally admitted that she'd fabricated her health woes in an attempt to persuade Ridge to remarry Taylor (Hunter Tylo). Steph's cardiac catastrophe may have been faked, but viewers certainly felt their hearts on the brink of exhaustion during the jaw-dropping reveal.
Considering B&B centers around the world of fashion, you'd think it would consistently take top honors in the category of daytime haute couture. Unfortunately, the only call it seemed to make regarding real-life fashion was one to the fashion police, which prompted Colleen Bell, wife of head writer/executive producer Bradley P. Bell, to give the show a complete makeover in 2011. "B&B should be a benchmark for fashion," Bell said in a TV Guide interview of the series' decision to overhaul the entire wardrobe department and implement a new, cutting-edge opening theme that included dresses by real-life designer, Monique Lhuillier. "B&B shouldn't be following trends; we should be setting them."
Brooke is none-too-shy when it comes to her sexuality, but her forbidden romp with Oliver (Zach Conroy) took a rather scandalous turn.: Not only was the pair wearing masks while they hooked up, they did the deed against a terrace wall during a packed graduation party. Somehow, both Brooke and Oliver assumed they were having mind-blowing sex with their significant others (Ronn Moss' Ridge and Kim Matula's Hope, respectively), not realizing they were actually sleeping with each other -- which was pretty shocking in and of itself, considering Brooke is Hope's mom!
The soap may not have been the first to introduce location shoots into storylines, but it certainly takes the cake when it comes global traveling. Not only has B&B shot scenes all around America, it has featured storylines in Paris, Amsterdam, Abu-Dhabi, and Dubai, to name a few. In other words, B&B is world class.
Relationships between soap characters change more often than sheets, considering paternity switch-ups are a classic staple of the genre. However, B&B made a bold move when Ridge and Bridget (Jennifer Finnigan) found themselves in a liplock. Fans were horrified due to the history between the two: at one point, Bridget was thought to be Ridge's daughter then a paternity reveal years later had everyone thinking she was his sister instead. Bridget actually turned out to be neither, but fans still had a hard time believing that the pair -- who'd for most of their lives thought they were either father/daughter or brother/sister -- could find themselves sexually attracted to one another.
It was shocking enough when Brooke and Thomas (Adam Gregory) were stranded on an island after their Forrester jet plunged into the ocean, but B&B took it a step further with the bold choice to have the blonde and her stepson accidentally eat hallucinogenic berries that caused them to trip out on a semi-sexual mind voyage. It was a far out story that blew fans' minds away, too.
Viewers knew they were in for a treat when Amber (Adrienne Frantz) managed to convince Liam (Scott Clifton) that she was pregnant with his baby, despite the pesky little detail that they actually hadn't slept together. But the real treat was when Amber's lil' nugget entered the world. Baby Rosie was biracial, which immediately made it clear that Marcus (Texas Battle) -- not Liam -- was the tiny tot's daddy. 50 shades of awesome, right?
It's pretty rare when a soap opera character actually dies, so it was refreshing (not to mention extremely heartbreaking) when Stephanie's cancer returned and took the beloved character to her grave. The show could have played it safe and had the character sail off into the sunset on a world tour or made a plethora of other mundane choices, but instead, the writers took Flannery's exit and created a gut-wrenching handful of episodes that B&B fans will forever remember.
Huge applause to the powers that be at B&B, who managed to send shock waves throughout the entire soap opera community today, Wednesday, March 18, with the bombshell reveal that Maya Avant is a transgender woman. It was a perfectly placed bold move that will play out onscreen when the show returns to the air on Monday, March 23 -- which just happens to be B&B's big 28th birthday. With an explosion like that, who needs birthday candles?
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