Daytime Confidential's 10 Worst Soap Couples of 2009
No. 4: Rick and Steffy, The Bold and the Beautiful
Rick Forrester (Kyle Lowder) underwent an unexplained personality change in 2009 that resulted in a campy, scenery-chewing obession with sticking it to his adopted brother/stepfather/almost father-in-law Ridge (Ron Moss) on The Bold and the Beautiful. His weapon of choice proved to be Ridge's daughter Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood), whom Rick once believed to be his niece. If that didn't make Rick and Steffy's pairing grotesque enough, there was all the creepy, lustful staring Rick did at Ridge over Steffy's shoulders when he hugged the dimwitted young woman. The overacting, telenovela-style histronics the storyline inspired in Moss, Hunter Tylo (Taylor), Drew Tyler Bell (Thomas) and MacInnes Woods was enough to make us wish an earthquake would hit Los Angeles, killing Ridge, Taylor and their offspring all in one 20-minute CGI spectacle. If it wasn't for troopers Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke) and Susan Flannery (Stephanie), this farce of a grossmance would have been simply unwatchable. Even with their additions in the storyline, it came close. Here's to hoping Lowder is spending a little time learning how to tone down his acting choices while he bonds with his new baby daughter Isabella. We're sure the tyke's insanely-talented Mommy, Ari Zucker (Nicole, DAYS) can give him a few pointers!