Friends or FoesBy Naomi Rabinowitz Posted: Mar 30, 2011
I have mixed feelings about Stephanie and Brooke's brief friendship coming to an end on B&B. On the one hand, Susan Flannery and Katherine Kelly Lang play well off of each other when their characters are sparring, but I also liked seeing them mature and get past their differences. Plus, it's not like Steph isn't above forming friendships with one-time rivals; she and Sally eventually became pals and she's close with her former adversary, Jackie. I was also enjoying the "triangle" between Brooke, Stephanie and Taylor. These three women have so much history between them that you could root for all sides; much as I liked watching Brooke and Steph bond, I really sympathized with Taylor, who felt as if she were left out. Who hasn't experienced that in a friendship?
What I really dislike about the turn in the storyline is that it's Ridge who's the focus; his marital status to Brooke is what's driving Brooke and Stephanie's animosity, as well as Stephanie and Taylor's revitalized friendship. It's all they talk about! Instead, I'd like to see more storylines between the women, especially Taylor and Stephanie. Taylor was so hurt by Stephanie turning to Brooke in recent months; it's hard to believe that Taylor would get over this so easily. And surely these intelligent women must have something to discuss other than Ridge. Why can't we have some scenes where Taylor and Steph catch up with a fun ladies' night out?
I'm not saying that Ridge shouldn't be a part of their story; he is important to all of them. Still, I believe that these rich female characters are well-rounded enough to stand on their own.