Of all the Christmas episodes that aired over the last few days on your favorite soaps, this year to On-Air On-Soaps, one stood out among the rest.
The Bold and the Beautiful continued its throughline with the Forrester family moving on with life after the passing of the matriarch of the clan, Stephanie Forrester. And in addition, for the actors on the series, this was to be the first Christmas episode without Susan Flannery … well sort of.
The set-up of the episode had an MIA Eric (John McCook) who takes himself to a concert of Celtic Woman and sits in a very special box section above the concert hall. Alone, he fills Martini glasses for two, as if he is spending Christmas with his beloved Stephanie. All the awhile, the Forrester family and friends have no idea where he is and our very concerned. After they get Pam to spill the beans, by throwing her infamous Lemon Bars she made for Christmas at her … and the wall … Pam reveals where Eric is and the group heads out to find him.
As Eric in tears watches Celtic Woman singing some of the most known Christmas tunes, he realizes he is not alone as the Forrester clan and friends meet up with him in his private box at the concert hall. And from there, the touching moments with little dialogue said so much! In addition, it was soap veteran John McCook, who was the one who brought the gravity of the situation and heartfelt emotions to all the viewers at home.
But B&B had one more little surprise! Susan Flannery was next seen with a bluebird on her shoulder,(Pam referred to a bluebird earlier in the episode, that meant that Stephanie would be watching over her) wishing everyone at home a “Merry Christmas” followed by a wink!
B&B’s Executive Producer and head writer, Brad Bell struck the right balance of a touching story and the Christmas spirit, while the understated and often under utilized John McCook made us reach for the Kleenex. If you missed the episode, you can check it out on CBS.com here!
So soapers, what show had your favorite Christmas episode this year? Do you agree with our choice for B&B? Let us know! And for more on how it is for John McCook moving on in-story on and off the screen, without Stephanie and Susan Flannery, read our recent interview with him here!