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Television

Leading Ladies Gold Standard, Epic Battle
Posted by Tommy Garrett on Aug 30, 2009 - 6:51:02 PM

HOLLYWOODThis week’s Leading Ladies who get the Gold Standard are two wonderful actresses on “The Bold and the Beautiful.” Susan Flannery, who portrays Stephanie Forrester on the show, had a showdown with Robin Riker as Beth Logan. Stephanie and Beth’s animosity goes back a half a century when the two were in college, vying for the handsome Eric Forrester, who was in love with Beth but married Queen Stephanie when she became pregnant with their eldest son Ridge. Beth’s battle with dementia led her to become confused during a heated argument which became physical between the two beautiful ladies.

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Susan Flannery Courtesy: Gilles Toucas, Bell Phillip TV Prod.

Susan Flannery is one of the best actresses in the history of Hollywood. Ms. Riker’s performance was excellent and enhanced by working opposite daytime television’s very best. When Beth started her argument with Stephanie, she was simply defending her daughter Brooke, who Stephanie has heaped decades of abuse on as well. Brooke Logan has single-handedly slept with every male member of Stephanie’s family, and despite their attempts to put distance and forgiveness between the two families, it never works out that way.

Stephanie once sent Beth and her husband Steven to Paris in an effort twenty years ago to get rid of her competition. Stephanie’s then husband Eric was always weak when it came to his desires. He married Beth’s two eldest daughter Brooke and now Donna. Beth continued her rage against Stephanie for abusing not only Brooke but also Donna, who is married to Stephanie’s ex, Eric. Not being one to just stand by and take it, Queen Stephanie began hurling insults right back at the beauty until Beth in a fit of anger and confusion, became rattled by the dementia she’s suffering from and physically shoved Stephanie against the wall.

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Robin Riker Courtesy: Gilles Toucas, Bell Phillip TV Prod.


A major cat fight ensued. Beth’s grandson Marcus Logan (played by handsome and talented actor Texas Battle) broke the two ladies up. What left Stephanie furious had a different effect on Beth. She was confused, frustrated, bitter and emotional. Though Riker did an excellent job playing the early Alzheimer’s patient, Miss Flannery’s acting abilities came through like a hurricane. I’ve often referred to Miss Flannery as a force of nature, and after this week’s episodes of “B&B” I stand by that description.

Bradley P. Bell did an excellent job writing these intense scenes. Miss Riker showed viewers that she is capable of high drama and Miss Flannery showed us yet again why she’s the best. The repercussions of this argument and catfight play out next week when Brooke and the Logan sisters have to deal with what is increasingly becoming their mother’s new personality.

Susan Flannery and Robin Riker are this weeks leading ladies. This was a week of epic battles done best by Brad Bell and Miss Susan Flannery.



 

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