November 18, 2010By Naomi Rabinowitz Posted: Nov 18, 2010
I have mixed feelings about Thomas and Brooke's kissing "scandal" on B&B. On one hand, I like storylines, such as this one, that are true to character and rope in much of the cast. Given Brooke's uh, colorful, romantic history, I don't find it shocking at all that she'd share a smooch with her stepson — even if she didn't actually orchestrate the kiss, which Thomas used as a PR stunt to promote his men's line. I'm also pleased to see all of the Forresters — and even Whip! — have their say as they continue to argue about how the incident should be handled in regards to the press.
However, I can't help but laugh at a furious Taylor, for whom I think we're supposed to have sympathy. Yes, I can understand why she's so upset at the idea of Thomas and Brooke kissing, but her ranting over it is extreme. She's treating Thomas as if he's a child; meanwhile, he's old enough so that his parents named him vice president of Forrester Creations in order to make it up to him for Taylor choosing to give Steffy her company shares. Plus, Taylor was once engaged to Brooke's son, Rick, who's also been involved with both of Taylor's daughters, Steffy and Phoebe! Talk about keeping it in the family.
But my biggest problem with the story is mainly that the kiss just wasn't that scandalous. Thomas grabbed Brooke and dipped her as if they were in a 1940s movie and gave her a closed-mouth smooch on the lips. Okay, and...? I could see the press murmuring about it for a few minutes or so after the fashion show, but in real life, this would never garner the international notice that they say it's getting. I mean, this is the fashion industry we're talking about, where well-known models have been caught with drugs or have had to do community service for hitting people with phones. An innocent little kiss — done in public, no less — is nothing!
Next time Thomas wants to create a stir, he should turn to Oliver for help. Even though Ollie's scandal with Brooke was "accidental," he's already miles ahead of Thomas when it comes to getting a reputation.