Hope’s hypocrisy on The Bold and the Beautiful could have consequences

Annika Noelle 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
Annika Noelle 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 /

Monday, Nov. 27’s episode of The Bold and the Beautiful saw Deacon calling a spade a spade when it comes to Thomas and Hope’s relationship and his daughter did not take his stance well. To be fair, she was called down to Il Giardino without preamble and didn’t expect her dad to tell her he’s not comfortable with the direction her love life has gone in considering who he’s involved with. But it’s also true that the hypocrisy jumped out with her during their slightly heated conversation.

Hope told Deacon, in no uncertain terms, that he would not be seeing his grandchildren–Beth and Douglas–as long as he’s linked to Sheila Carter. When he tried to skirt the issue by saying he’ll make sure Sheila isn’t around when he sees them, she firmly told him that wasn’t an option. Then Hope proceeded to have a minor emotional meltdown, basically calling her dad selfish for not dumping a woman that she can’t stand and instead choosing himself no matter who it hurts.

While watching the drama unfold on my screen, I found myself wondering if the self-awareness was in the room with Hope and Deacon. The situation Hope painted for Deacon is the exact one she found herself in when it came to Thomas. She has insisted for years that he’s a changed person and that’s fallen on closed ears for Liam and Brooke. The whole reason Hope’s marriage is over (though the papers still haven’t been filed) is because she couldn’t resist her attraction to Thomas and had been gaslighting her husband for months about it.

Choosing another man hurt her family and the man she chose also directly hurt her years ago. She doesn’t have much ground to stand on especially since Sheila has never harmed Deacon. Yes, the infamous woman is dangerous, however, she is reining it in because she doesn’t want to lose what she has with Deacon and she’s hoping that she’ll be given another chance with her son, Finn.

Thomas also can be dangerous. He’s done a lot of work to root through his obsessive tendencies and find healthier channels for his emotions but he and Hope are still playing with fire. Neither of them have any idea what could happen should their relationship not work out especially since Thomas is under the impression Hope is in love with him. I’m team ‘she’s not,’ by the way. Hope said that she loves him for loving her, she didn’t say she loves him. To me that’s not semantics, it’s telling on herself.

In any case, Thomas may not even be the person she should be the most concerned with in the near future. There’s also Liam to consider. He recently found out how serious Thope are and has insisted that it’s not safe for the two to be together. Liam could decide to pull the same move on Hope that she did on Deacon since “actions have consequences,” and he’s got legal standing to do it.

Obviously, Thomas isn’t a danger to Beth but Liam’s feelings on Hope carrying on with him, when Thomas is the reason they spent more time than they should have mourning their very much alive daughter, are valid. So is the possibility that the situation could turn dark fast if Thope’s relationship dissolves. We haven’t had a real custody battle on The Bold and the Beautiful since Katie took Bill to family court when he neglected Will due to his pursuit of Steffy.

If the soap chooses to truly go there, and no Thope’s milquetoast turn in court earlier in the year with Douglas doesn’t count, this could be a real meaty storyline for Scott Clifton and Annika Noelle. Hopefully they go there for the acting alone but also Lope have the potential for a nuclear relationship end, and I for one would like to see it.

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