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.

The Young and the Restless®
season 48 episode 212
The Young and the Restless®
season 48 episode 213
Bold and Beautiful
season 34 episode 221
Bold and Beautiful
season 34
episode 211

In Genoa City, Ashland and Tara struggle to break the news of Ashland’s illness to Harrison Locke.

Nikki and Victor make a surprise trip to Italy to visit Summer to ask a serious question.

Young and the Restless
season 48 episode 210

In Los Angeles, we find out that Finn “has no secrets.”

That “I have no secrets” stuff always raises red flags for me. Everyone has secrets.

Bold and Beautiful
season 34 episode 209

Looking at this show is like looking at a bunch of rolling stones.

Multiple sclerosis, heart disease, cancer, being shot at, being poisoned, being run out of a Los Angeles A+ fashion house, losing one’s father as a 12 year old, growing up an orphan, being stabbed are all things that have happened to one of the characters that appears today.

The Young and the Restless®
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I always have a check mark for people that have encountered death especially at a savagely young age in an exceptionally cruel way.

Today’s episode 206 in season 48, was too well written to comment on beyond that. This episode showed an exceptional effort by the writers which appeared to bounce off the actors who are veterans and accustomed to theme and variation on change using characters that have been built over four decades.