Monday’s episode of CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful featured top notch writing, and raw and touching performances from Obba Babatundé (Julius) and Karla Mosley (Maya) as the highly-anticipated pick-up from last Friday’s cliffhanger played out.
Maya, who is confronted by her parents Julius and Vivienne (Anna Marie Horford) inside the Forrester mansion, is shocked when at first Julius calls Maya his “little girl”. But the tender moment is called to a halt when parents and child discuss their hurt, shame and humiliation that each has gone through since their son Myron turned into their daughter Maya. Old wounds are discussed, tears are shed, and many of the issues facing many in the transgender community with their parents, and that of overall acceptance, and how it can fracture a family, are brought to the forefront.
By the end of the episode, Julius and Vivienne can’t quite come to terms with Maya, and so they are going to leave town and head to the airport – they originally said they showed up to take Maya’s sister Nicole (Reign Edwards) back to Illinois with them and away from the influence of Maya and Los Angeles.
As her parents begin to leave, a defeated Maya says, “Thanks for coming by.” It is then that Julius walks over to her and says, “Stand up. Stand up, Maya.” He then says, “I will try. I am set in my ways and in my thinking. But the one thing, that I never stop being is your father. So, I will try to get to know the woman that you have become, and the life that you created for yourself. I will try to find a way to fit in, this I promise you. What do you say?” After asking for a hug and some love in return, Maya hugs her father in tears and says, “Daddy!”
Kudos to the writing team of The Bold and the Beautiful who have not disappointed in one beat of this storyline, and have brought to the forefront the journey of a trans woman illustrating through the character of Maya Avant.
Watch the emotional scenes between Maya and Julius after the jump! Then let us know what you thought of the performances, the writing, and if you were moved to tears?