The Bold and the Beautiful recap (Oct. 12): Ridge dumps Brooke

Thorsten Kaye of the CBS series THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, Weekdays (1:30-2:00 PM, ET; 12:30-1:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Gilles Toucas/CBS
Thorsten Kaye of the CBS series THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, Weekdays (1:30-2:00 PM, ET; 12:30-1:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Gilles Toucas/CBS /

It’s official. Ridge Forrester and Brooke Logan are over. At least for now. The Bold and Beautiful has a way of circling back to their love story in record time especially when their parting is due to “outside forces,” as Brooke is so fond of saying. Not to mention, divorce lawyers have yet to be called and no papers have been signed, so it’s probably more accurate to say they’re on pause.

Still, Katherine Kelly Lang gave it her all on today’s episode as she played a devastated Brooke who had to watch the love of her life walk away from her yet again. Though it should be acknowledged that the writers at least kept her from having to see Ridge walk into the arms of another woman.

They, however, didn’t save her from the indignity of having to sit there and listen to Steffy proclaim that her marriage is finally over. The Forrester didn’t pull her punches either, salt was definitely added to the wound, and she was not remorseful. She told Brooke that this was her father’s decision, but what she doesn’t know is that it was one made possible by Thomas.

We’re in for another dramatic turn with the Brooke/Ridge/Taylor triangle at some point down the road but for right now it’s Brooke walking down heartbreak lane as Ridge and Taylor reconnect. Here’s what happened on today’s episode.

The Bold and the Beautiful recap (Oct. 12)

Well, if you were a Thomas fan holding out hope that he didn’t call Child Protective Services on himself and framed Brooke for it, The Bold and the Beautiful dashed your hopes with a flashback sequence that told the whole story.

While Douglas is the main person to use the voice manipulator app, Thomas had once asked his son how it works after he tricked him into thinking Eric was talking to him. As Thomas noted, “There really is an app for everything,” including revenge. After Ridge left to spend some time with Douglas at the mansion, Thomas used the app to call CPS.

There’s no way around it, Bold fans, Thomas did manipulate his father into leaving his wife. Ridge is responsible for how he’s handled the perception that Brooke made the call, but his son is the one who put this whole mess in motion and has left his mother open to a possible heartbreak of her own.

Ridge insisted that he chose Taylor because of his love for her, but his break-up moment with Brooke was all about her lying to him. His wife had no idea what he was talking about which was a little far-fetched, honestly, but I digress. He told Brooke in no uncertain terms that they’re over even after she pleaded for him to come home with her so they could figure things out together.

He didn’t once mention the CPS call, so Brooke may be slow to coming to the conclusion that her husband must think she’s the one who brought the authorities into Hope and Thomas’ custody struggle. I have no idea why Othello was hiding behind trees watching Bridge fall apart, but perhaps he may be able to shine some light on the situation if his eavesdropping ever includes him overhearing Ridge talk about the call.

Speaking of someone peering into a conversation they’re not a part of, Steffy and Taylor continued keeping an eye on Brooke and Ridge from the Aspen house. Once again the mother-daughter duo were a comedic pair as they held onto hope that Ridge would fulfill his promise to Taylor. Steffy outlasted her mother though as it became too much for Taylor and she went out to get some air.

As such, when Ridge made his way back into the house, it was Steffy he spoke to first about leaving Brooke. He was obviously sad and unsettled but his daughter bypassed those emotions because her only thought is of her parents reuniting. Steffy’s so sure that this time it’s going to stick that she even went to go talk to Brooke in a needless conversation that definitely read like she was kicking her while she was down.

I love my girl Steffy but that wasn’t the time and it’s liable to come back and bite her considering her dad has already started to waver despite kissing Taylor in the woods at the end of the episode. This isn’t over and Steffy knows it. If things between her father and Brooke were truly done and dusted, there would be no need for her to tell her soon-to-be ex-stepmother to respect her parents’ relationship.

Meanwhile, back in LA, we got an update on Sheila and Deacon. Their delightfully weird romance is still going strong. Sheila even stole steaks and whiskey from her love’s job to make a nice meal for two since she’s not allowed to leave the premises. She also staked her claim over Deacon who found her jealousy over Nikki Newman’s visit to be rather cute.

I have no idea what The Bold and the Beautiful is doing with this pair or for how much longer we’ll have them, but they add just enough spice and banter to the soap that I hope they’re not going anywhere any time soon. Until next time, Bold fans. Stay beautiful!

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