Friday, January 23, 2015, Episode #7000
Episode 7000 of The Bold and the Beautiful begins with external scenes of Forrester Creations, and then the camera moves in to the outside of Stage 31 at CBS Television City, where the show tapes. John McCook, aka Eric Forrester, welcomes viewers to the landmark episode, and the camera moves to the actor's co-stars as they arrive.
All the actors on the show marvel at the show reaching 7000 episodes, and flashbacks of scenes from 28 years of B&B are mixed with behind the scenes snippets. A pop-up book opens to a 3-D animation of Los Angeles, with the Forrester jet and Spencer Helicopter traversing the skies among billboards showing more flashbacks, before finally converging on Television City and a billboard with the number 7000 on it.
A TV screen shows the original commercial from 1987 announcing the new show, and that "You'll never forget the first time" once the show debuted on March 23. Executive Producer and Head Writer Bradley Bell recalls how his family moved from Chicago to Los Angeles to create a second daytime drama for CBS, this one about an L.A. based fashion family.
McCook recalls how he heard about the new show from Bill Bell. Brad Bell remembers that his dad wanted McCook and Susan Flannery, who had worked with Bill Bell on Young & Restless and Days of Our Lives, respectively, to play Mr. and Mrs. Forrester. He also remembers that Ronn Moss was cast first, and the women who read with Ronn were taken with how handsome he was. McCook and Bell remember how Katherine Kelly Lang, one of five girls who read to play Brooke, just wowed everyone. Lang conveys that she came in to read for Caroline, but was told she would be the perfect Brooke, and her screen test with McCook is shown.
Bell, McCook and Lang recall the first episodes, which were different for a soap. Lang describes how she had to act distraught and emotional, while McCook remembers doing his first scenes with Ronn Moss as Ridge and Susan Flannery as Stephanie and realizing this would be a stunning looking show.
McCook, with help from Scott Clifton (Liam), Alley Mills (Pam) and Jennifer Gareis (Donna) walk viewers through a typical day at B&B, from the time they enter the studio and pass the cast photo and a photo of series creators Bill Bell and Lee Phillip Bell, to blocking, wardrobe, hair, makeup and finally acting on stage.
Darin Brooks (Wyatt) and Linsey Godfrey (Caroline) describe their auditions for their respective parts. Godfrey, Lawrence St Victor (Carter), Karla Mosley (Maya), Heather Tom (Katie) and Clifton describe how hard it is to do love scenes. "There's people watching, and I have enough trouble doing this at home," adds Thorsten Kaye (Ridge). Kim Matula (Hope), Clifton and Tom convey how they get direction from the booth about how to position themselves. "You're kind of sticky and gross," Clifton remarks, while Tom adds, "It's a hard job, but somebody's got to do it." Don Diamont (Bill) and Rena Sofer (Quinn) recall how they never expected their kinky sex scenes to make it to the air until they actually aired.
Bell describes how he can only go far in the script to portray bad characters, and then his actors take it from there. Sean Kanan recounts how he likes to play Deacon as flawed, while Sofer laughs about how much fun it is to play Quinn's nasty side.
Bell and McCook remember how everyone came to realize, after five years, that the show was catching on overseas. "Dude, we were like the Beatles," Clifton remembers of his remote shoot in Italy, and Kanan, Tom and Jacqueline Macinnes Wood (Steffy) remember how fans would camp out to see stars of the show in other countries. McCook and Bell fondly recall how the late Darlene Conley, who played Sally Spectra, created some memorable moments in the Netherlands and in Portofino. Kanan recalls the first time he shared a scene with Conley and realized how incredible she was.
Scott Clifton supposes that a key part of their international popularity is that they take their dubbing seriously. Scenes of actors dubbed in various languages play. Jacob Young jokingly wishes he had the suave voice of the French actor who dubs for Rick. Over scenes of actors in various countries, Brad Bell notes that B&B airs in over 100 countries.
Wood discusses stunt doubles, saying that she loves doing her own stunts, but sometimes a double is necessary. Scenes of Bill with his double in Aspen, and Caroline with hers for her fall from Bill's balcony, appear. Matula reveals that she and Clifton were amazed when they did the scenes of Hope's fall by the waterfall that the steps were all padded with foam to look like concrete. Zack Conroy (Oliver) remembers the knights at Medieval Times teaching him for his scenes there, while Wood jokes that her stunt double in Italy had this lovely long hair, but when she looked closely, she realized it was a man.
Brad Bell explained how digital technology lets them do new things creatively, like Brooke and Thomas' island hallucinations. Ashleigh Brewer (Ivy) talks about how green screens were used when Ivy was pushed into the Seine. Co-head writer Michael Minnis talks about how it's sometimes harder to write a scene that will be filmed totally live, vs one where they use digital technology where they have more freedom, and Thorsten Kaye talks about how the green screens were used to create Ridge's fall into the Gulf.
The actors talk about how, thanks to Brad, the cast and crew are like a family. To celebrate the show's achievements, Studio 31 was dedicated in Brad Bell's name, with a plaque to commemorate that. In a speech during the ceremony, Bell describes how his favorite B&B experience is to walk on the stage and be greeted by actors and crew. The actors then talk about how their success hinges on their fans. Each actor thanks the fans for being part of their journey for 7000 episodes, and they hope the fans stick around for the next 7000.
Animated fireworks go off as a banner dedicates the episodes to B&B fans worldwide, and the credits roll.