Over the years I’ve gained an affinity for Brooke because the woman has been through it, survived it, and is still thriving but she’s such a hot mess. Brooke never learns. The whole Deacon affair and Hope conception should’ve been her turning point in how she makes decisions in her life but years later when Brooke found herself pregnant by Bill and scrambling to have Eric marry her and claim the baby you see that she still has work to do. Granted there were mitigating circumstances of Katie initially pushing them together but instead of knowing better and backing off the situation entirely, she slid right into another messy trap that nearly destroyed her sister twice.
This episode was a showcase to the complexity of Stephanie and the complexity of the Brooke/Stephanie relationship. In spite of herself, Stephanie had conceded Brooke loved her kids and even she didn’t think Brooke would be capable of a betrayal like this to her own beloved daughter. I think part of the reason for Stephanie’s viciousness towards Brooke in this episode was that she felt she’d been played by Brooke despite all Stephanie’s misgivings about Brooke, the other half is because she truly loved Bridget like a daughter and was hurting for her and the pain she knew was coming. Then you have Brooke actually playing the victim about her ‘sacrifice’ and yeah, I get why Stephanie totally lost it on her. Brooke really was at her most selfish here because it’s one thing when you’re fighting another woman over a man but another when you have an affair with your daughter’s husband and conceive a child and think you have any ground to be the anguished heroine. Brooke took a big hit in character with this affair and yet it was a dynamite soapy story that had repercussions for years and yet unfortunately the show never truly fully capitalized on. Bridget should be onscreen and Brooke’s main rival with the friction between them crackling and Bridget and Hope having a complex relationship as well with Bridget loving Hope but trying not to resent Hope, Hope wanting Bridget’s love and approval but resenting that she’s resented through no fault of her own, and Bridget maybe even undermining the Hope/Brooke relationship by trying to establish herself as the stable family she can count on and Brooke wanting to encourage closeness between the sisters but suspicious of Bridget’s motives.
Deacon was indeed hit back in the day but now that he’s been with Nikki, Victoria, and Phyllis over on Y&R and Quinn on B&B he’s lost his allure. Neither Katie nor Brooke should want him unless he’s had some serious testing on a weekly basis 😂
Erica would be perfect for Thomas. Would also be hilarious considered Sheila threatened to snap baby Thomas’ neck that he ends up with her daughter.
JF (Bridget) is another B&B Emmy winner (3 straight years!) and they really should've shown her winning episode for this year since it connects to the affair and baby Hope story.