Soaps’ Rockiest Family Reunions
When these long-estranged relatives got back together, there was little love lost
The Bold & The Beautiful MOMMIE DEAREST
2006 After getting some mental help from daughter-in-law Taylor, who was not just a good sounding board but an actual shrink, Stephanie decided to confront her mother about the abuse that she and sister Pam had suffered at the hand of their father — abuse to which Mom had turned a blind eye. To put it mildly, it did not go well. Ann Douglas wasn’t nearly as sweet as you’d expect someone with Betty White’s face to be. She insisted that Stephanie was exaggerating, cr ying abuse when all her late husband had done was discipline the girls. Even when Pam worked up the nerve to side with Stepha-
nie against their formidable mother, Ann wouldn’t budge an inch. And for a time, it appeared that that was that. There would be no peace made between Stephanie and her mother. But around Christmas, the strangest thing happened: Stephanie’s husband, Eric, invited Ann and Pam to leave chilly Chicago and come to sunny L.A. for the holidays. During that fateful visit, Ann at last admitted that, yes, she had known what her husband was putting their kids through, she’d just been too afraid to confront him. Finally, Stephanie got a little closure on one of the most hurtful chapters in her life.
The Young & The Restless FURIOUS GEORGE
2012 “What the hell are you doing here?” George Summers barked at daughter Phyllis when she entered his hospital room. He’d had a heart attack and was in bad shape, but his vile nature remained intact. The two hadn’t seen each other in years, not since a young Phyllis had turned him in to the authorities for bilking his clients out of their life savings and left home for good. This likely would be the last time that the two of them would ever see each other, and that was how he kicked off the conversation. Nice, huh? By and by, he admitted that yeah, he’d conned his clients. Big whoop, he added (not literally). If Phyllis hadn’t blown the whistle on him, he could’ve paid ’em all back. In the end, it was obvious to Phyllis that her father hadn’t changed. He didn’t feel any remorse. Maybe he didn’t feel, period. But at least something good came of their tense reunion: Phyllis’ kid sister, Avery, overheard their father’s confession and, for the first time in her life, realized that Phyllis hadn’t been lying about George all those years ago. Suddenly, the sisters had a second chance to be close, and they seized it. When Phyllis reclaimed her ex-husband, Nick, from Avery, she even asked her sometime sibling rival to be her maid of honor!
The Bold & The Beautiful FATHER KNOWS LESS
2015 No sooner had Rick hung Maya’s portrait in the Forrester living room than his girlfriend’s dreams of being mistress of the manor were jeopardized by the arrival in L.A. of her kid sister, Nicole. You see, she hadn’t just packed bikinis and sunglasses for her trip to California, she’d also packed a whopper of a secret — that Maya had been born Myron. Though the siblings were able to reconnect before Nicole spilled the beans to Rick, the truth did eventually come out. To Maya’s surprise, Rick stood by her. He loved the woman that she was, regardless of the name on her birth certificate. So, for a hot minute, everything was going great. The couple were even planning to tie the knot. That was when Maya and Nicole’s parents, Vivienne and Julius, showed up in L.A. While Mom was supportive of Maya, Dad was as intolerant as they come. Maya even overheard him calling her a “freak” on her wedding day! Eventually, Julian’s attitude softened where Maya was concerned. After all, he couldn’t exactly continue to raise a ruckus about her choices after it was revealed that his own past affair had resulted in Maya and Nicole’s secret sibling, Sasha!
Apparently, George’s IV drip had been filled with bile; that was certainly what he spewed to his estranged daughter.
It took a Christmas miracle to again make Ann and Stephanie feel like family.
“No, Mother, you can’t distract me with one of your St. Olaf stories!”
Thanks to Nicole, Maya was able to have baby Lizzy with Rick.
There remains a 50/50 chance that Julius will cut himself out of this family portrait.