In Genoa City, much of the suspense of Thursday and Friday’s episodes came from people unknown. Who is holding Mariah? Where is Chance Chancellor? How should Devon act as the head of the Winters family now that Neil is gone? What should Tara do without anything but grifting as a known skill?
On The Bold and the Beautiful in Los Angeles, it is just sex and sorrow mode – sex for Carter and Quinn, sorrow for poor Eric Forrester who has gone through more mortified moments one one week than most could endure in a lifetime. The peak of course was a couple of days ago when the best friend of his son, the man who is the family’s business, personal lawyer, and a certified wedding priest announces he has been having sex with the “groom” who is there to renew his wedding vows. Brutal. By contrast, Paris Buckingham has such savage, perfect luck that even as a character if she sold “Paris’s Luck” unisex cologne/aftershave, I’m buying it.
In episode 207, Katrina Bowden is featured as Wyatt’s girlfriend, Flo Fulton Logan. She reminds Wyatt, played by the dynamic Darin Brooks, after calling Carter “gorgeous ” 5 times in one minute (even though Carter is “totally not [her] type“) that Wyatt is “even more gorgeous.”
Carter brags to Quinn that though Eric wanted to be rid of the Quinn designed jewelry line, he “fought so hard” to get Eric to keep it. Carter rhetorically explains to Quinn, “I’m a lawyer, I’m good at building a case, your jewelry line isn’t going anywhere.” How hard did he fight? In 15 seconds by saying that killing the jewelry line would cost “tens of millions of dollars,” Eric and Ridge were right with Carter.
How many elements in the Code of Professional Conduct has Carter broken as attorney, if any? Can he represent Eric and Forrester Creations and carry on his affair with Quinn after keeping his Chief Operating Officer role and in-house counsel role while two battles, the divorce from Eric, Chief Executive Office Emeritus and the choice as to whether or not to keep a business line with the to-be-ex-wife’s part in Eric’s company while staying objective? Is the standard for attorneys that even the appearance of acting in ways that do not violate the American Bar Association’s rules as introduce below and can be found at ABA Rule 1.7 as outlined below and the link provided broken by the actions Carter is taking?
 Loyalty and independent judgment are essential elements in the lawyer’s relationship to a client. Concurrent conflicts of interest can arise from the lawyer’s responsibilities to another client, a former client or a third person or from the lawyer’s own interests. For specific Rules regarding certain concurrent conflicts of interest, see Rule 1.8. For former client conflicts of interest, see Rule 1.9. For conflicts of interest involving prospective clients, see Rule 1.18. For definitions of “informed consent” and “confirmed in writing,” see Rule 1.0(e) and (b).
The first lines of Elton John’s Candle In The Wind, a song that was re-worded by its original lyrical composer Taupin for the memorial service on the day of the funeral of Diana Spencer, as Goodbye England’s Rose, came to mind when Carter became as he lamented, “We’ve said our goodbyes.” It’s funny and it’s sad as a juxtaposition in ideas. To the avid Bold and Beautiful viewer, seeing main characters often four or five times in a week, we get to know at least what their characters are at much closer range than an ethereal memory of Marilyn Monroe or Princess Diana.
It’s a little bit funny (pun intended) that the goodbyes between Quinn and Carter this week will not withstand their mutual choice to be with each other because beyond physically they bring out the best in the other’s clarity of mind and validation as a person.
I fear that Carter’s “being lost in” the thoughts of Quinn have shaken his rational person status as an attorney. He seems not to even give a thought to the level of conflicts of interest that could suspend his license to practice law indefinitely should the Forrester family find out. To the extent that Eric asked Carter to pursue a divorce immediately, and to the extent Carter has not recused himself from at least telling Eric he is still sleeping with Quinn, counselor Walton is literally sleeping with the enemy. Divorce law is messy enough without having the legal affairs of the entire family of the party you represent in your hands with the ultimate betrayal of being involved with the spouse of the party you are suing in every position in your home office legal branch. Divorce law, corporate law and trusts and estates law expertise, all in Carter, all out there to be lost? Quinn is more powerful than he is, as her jewelry line will never suffer, and his entire legal character and reputation are as fragile as one more accidental phone call.
One can imagine Eric calling Carter to ask him about the status of the divorce and his screen picks up a naked Quinn behind the bigger than life-size portrait Eric asked Carter to destroy.