The American television landscape forever changed with the debut of The Bold and the Beautiful, the fashion-centric soap opera that William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell launched on March 23, 1987. The premiere episode was an exciting moment in TV history that fans can now relive (or experience for the first time), because B&B is set to re-air its very first episode that kicked off what has now become over 30 years of unforgettable drama!
Fans can tune in to the historical episode on Monday, June 8 -- a date that also marks the beginning of B&B's seventh week of throwback episodes airing during the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to its premiere episode, the CBS soap opera is also bringing fans many other memorable moments throughout the week that feature some of the show's most beloved stars. Check out the detailed descriptions of each episode below, and don't forget to let us know what you think in the Comments section at the end of the article.
In case you're wondering how all of these episodes fit into a theme, here's a hint: ask and you shall receive. That's right! It's a week of episodes that fans requested!
Monday, June 8
In the debut episode of The Bold and the Beautiful, viewers are introduced to Forrester Creations fashion mogul, Eric Forrester (original cast member John McCook) and his sons Ridge (then played by Ronn Moss) and Thorne (then played by Clayton Norcross) during the preview of Eric's new couture line to the press. Publishing mogul Bill Spencer Sr. (Jim Storm) demands that playboy Ridge stop dating his daughter Caroline (Joanna Johnson) before Ridge breaks her heart. Brooke (original cast member Katherine Kelly Lang) arrives home to her sister Katie (then played by Nancy Sloan) after being attacked on her way home from college. This episode, which marks B&B's debut, premiered on March 23, 1987.
Tuesday, June 9
Eric Forrester (McCook) and Ridge Forrester (Moss) compete against one another as lead designers in an elegant fashion show set amidst the romantic and glamorous backdrop of Portofino, Italy. Massimo Marone (the late Joe Mascolo), Bridget (then played by Jennifer Finnegan), Sally (played by the late Darlene Conley), and Darla (Schae Harrison) watch Ridge, designing for Spectra Fashions, and Eric, designing for Forrester Creations, bring their best to the "Portofino Challenge." Stephanie (Susan Flannery) and Clarke (Dan McVicar) emcee the event, and Brooke (Lang) stuns as the showstopper arriving via boat on the Ligurian Sea. The original airdate of the episode was January 6, 2003.
Wednesday, June 10
Brooke (Lang) antagonizes Stephanie (Flannery) about becoming Mrs. Ridge Forrester again after Ridge (Moss) puts a ring on her finger. Stephanie (Flannery) and Sally (Conley) drink to ease their woes when Sally decides that what Stephanie needs to win Eric (McCook) back is a makeover. In a hilarious scene, a drunken Sally (Conley) gives an equally drunk Stephanie (Flannery) a haircut while listing her workplace demands after Stephanie offers her a job at Forrester Creations. The episode originally aired September 16, 2003.
Thursday, June 11
Oliver (Zach Conroy) throws Hope (then played by Kim Matula) a special masquerade party in celebration of her high school graduation. With all of the women dressed alike in sequined dresses and all men and women disguised with full face masks, what could possibly go wrong? Brooke (Lang), in costume, chaperones the party, waiting for Ridge (Moss), while he attempts to persuade Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) not to crash the party. Caught up in the beat of Daddy Yankee's performance, Brooke and Oliver, Hope's boyfriend, make a passionate case of mistaken identity. The original airdate was June 4, 2010.
Friday, June 12
Wyatt (Darin Brooks) is horrified to find out that this mother, Quinn (Rena Sofer), has kidnapped his brother Liam (Scott Clifton), who is suffering from amnesia, and Quinn is living with Liam as man and wife, "Adam" and "Eve." Meanwhile, Bill (Don Diamont) questions Steffy (Wood) about Wyatt's theory that Liam is just "trying to find himself." Alone in the cabin he shares with "Eve," Liam, through a series of flashbacks, slowly regains his memory, realizing who he is and who he has lost. In a moment of clarity, Liam confronts Quinn and, with the help of Wyatt, locks her in a closet before returning to Malibu for a bittersweet reunion with Steffy. This episode originally aired April 8, 2016.
Both The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless have been airing classic episodes since April 27, when the shows ran out of new, pre-COVID-19-filmed episodes. In order to keep things exciting for the viewers, B&B and Y&R announced that they would be presenting the throwback episodes via theme weeks filled with long-lost cherished characters, epic adventures, and classic moments. At this time, it's unclear when soap operas will be able to resume production and bring new material to viewers.
B&B's first theme week kicked off on Monday, April 27, and was dedicated to some of the soap's most luxurious location shoots. Its second theme week kicked off on Monday, May 4, and celebrated some of its most epic weddings. The show's third week began on Monday, May 11, and celebrated some of the show's best fashion moments. Its fourth week started on May 18 and was dedicated to original character Brooke Logan (Katherine Kelly Lang). Its fifth week of themed episodes started on May 25 and featured some of the show's most special guest stars, while its sixth week began on June 1 and featured classic rivalries.
Soap Central will be providing recaps for all of the classic B&B episodes that aired before the Internet Age, and you can read them in our Daily Recaps Archives. That's also the place to check out recaps for any soap opera episode that has aired between 1996 and the present day.
What do you think about B&B re-airing its premiere episode from 1987? Which of the other throwback episodes set to air next week are you most looking forward to watching? What episodes would you like to see the soap opera air in the future? We want to hear from you -- and there are many ways you can share your thoughts.