Last week, it was Eric who was in denial about the realities of his social dilemma.
Starting Monday, it was Ridge. When confronted with the fact that the man handling Eric’s divorce is the same man that slept with Eric’s wife, Ridge covers for Carter telling Steffy that the entire affair is Quinn’s fault. Of course it is , to Ridge. Best friend, C.O.O. of the company he is to inherit is fertile ground to do some serious rationalization of the truth, coined “denial” sometime in the 1980s.
Quinn does play fast and loose with her heart, though. One minute, in a first in her lifetime experience, she and Carter experience unison heartbeats. That was a little, uh, edgy. The next minute, after telling Carter that “just-when-I-thought-you-couldn’t-get-any-better” followed by a Carter chuckle, Quinn tells Carter that she would be heartbroken if Eric were having an affair. Understandably, as Deacon Sharp or Bill Spencer undoubtedly looked at Quinn with the look of, “what the heck? how long does it take you to get over a ‘time stopped’ profession of love? Ten minutes? You can’t even wait until your clothes back on?” Carter gives her a low-key “you can’t be serious” stare that she is not even looking at!
Carter might cut and run now before the garbage hits the fan.
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.
In episode 205, we see a man in denial – and that man is Eric Forrester.
As he calls Carter, the call captures Carter’s apartment with a half-naked Carter and a dress behind him. He reasons, as he discusses the ‘No Quinn Contact’ order he has placed upon Carter, that because the dress does not fit Carter it is not his. Sound enough. Then takes the logical leap that he has moved past Quinn. He knows deep down it’s Quinn’s dress and he’s in denial. A benevolent Ridge who is keen enough to notice this, offers a “maybe he’s just broken down and picking up the pieces” excuse for Carter’s work environment, less out of logic and more out of a desire to see his father save face in a situation where Eric is getting massively and cruelly played.
Meanwhile three other storylines feature “never let this moment end” emotions: Quinn and Carter wanting to save their physical memories, Finn, Steffy and Hayes never wanting the permanent vacation (as Paris put it) to end and Paris coming to Los Angeles, landing a job with the Forrester Creations as Foundation Director, while going from living in a car to a small apartment to a Bel-Air type mansion in less than a year – all three of these things are times in life that most people would like to extend if not hypothetically live in forever.