The Soaps: Tune In Tomorrow

We were shocked over the Reese baby-switch story on "The Bold and the Beautiful." He handed Hope, who is a core character, what he said was her dead baby, Beth, while arranging to sell the very-much-alive baby to pay off his gambling debts. It was a dark and stormy night, indeed. That was bad enough, but usually baby switches come to light years after the fact. Instead, viewers have been following the resolution of the baby switch day in and day out. We cannot recall a dead-baby-switch story as cruel as this one.

In fact, Reese's accomplice, Flo, has become a major character on the show, recently discovering that she is also a Forrester -- it turns out she's Hope's cousin. Yet, despite her attacks of guilt, Flo remains silent. More and more people have learned the secret. No one has squealed, although Xander made an all-out effort. How can these people allow a mother to go on thinking her baby is dead, even though it is being raised in close proximity?

Now, "B&B" has added a sorry excuse for a man, otherwise known as Thomas, to the mix. His sister is unwittingly raising Hope's baby. We saw him display an iota of conscience, only to quickly decide that doing what Hope wants is what's important, which meant allowing Liam and Steffy to raise Phoebe, never knowing the infant was actually Beth. Thomas made no secret of his obsession with Hope, and has no qualms about using his son to play on Hope's grief. He is allowing his son to be a surrogate child to Hope as she grieves her child's loss. He has no shame.

We can’t wait for the truth to come out. Even as the number of people who know the truth keeps growing, we must stress again that no one has spilled the beans, even though most of them interact with Hope, Liam and Steffy on a regular basis. In fact, the story touches almost every character on the show. This may be the soap opera world’s worst-kept secret that, somehow, is also the best-kept.

The "tragedy" has caused Hope to annul her marriage so Liam can raise his child with Steffy, along with the bought-and-paid-for baby Phoebe/Beth. Liam fought a good fight. He and Hope are still in love, but she was adamant about annulling their marriage. We will say that he agreed to move in with Steffy in the blink of an eye. Somehow, Hope has also convinced herself that she cannot have another child. She has not made one good decision since the night of the baby switch. Despite her love for Liam, she has even told Thomas that she is willing to take it slow with him.

Bradley Bell, the show's executive producer, has stated that not all of the characters currently on the show's canvas will survive this summer. We would not be at all surprised if whoever dies is among those involved in this horrendous storyline. We're making a list and checking it twice.


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