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B&B's transgender Maya is 'like every other (soap) woman'

“Maya is just like every other woman in Rick’s life,” The Bold & Beautiful’s Brooke fumed last week, insisting that her son’s girlfriend is an untrustworthy liar, just like Rick’s other flames, Amber and Caroline.

Brooke didn’t mention that her son has a tendency to be a major scumbag in his own right.

Or that Maya is transgender.

The former can be attributed to the blinders worn by most mothers when it comes to their precious baby boys (no matter how old—or scummy—their baby boys get).

The latter is… unexpected.

When B&B first dropped their Maya is Transgender bombshell back in March, fans instantly began speculating about how various characters would react to the news. Not just Rick, who regularly made a point of rubbing his girlfriend’s beauty, femininity, and unquestionable honesty in the faces of those he believed lacked those qualities. But also Rick’s parents, siblings, and, especially his enemies. (Rick made a lot of enemies with his face-rubbing. Also with his deliberate humiliation of his family members and employees, his replacing his stepmother’s place-of-honor portrait with one of Maya, and his firing off a gun at his ex-wife and her new lover, Rick’s brother, Ridge.)

The truth began seeping out almost immediately (quite subversive in the world of soaps, especially a Bell soap, where one conversation can last from Monday to Friday). People were initially surprised. Who wouldn’t be? But then they… got over it.

Even Rick, not known for his empathy and sensitivity (see family and employee humiliation above), after some pointed questions, embraced the woman he loved—as a woman—and told her it didn’t change how he felt about her. He still loved Maya, no matter what.

Another pleasant surprise, considering that, whenever soaps told a “coming out” story in the past (obviously, Maya’s story is not the same thing, but as it’s the first major one of its kind, there is nothing else to compare it to), it instantly became the only issue anyone in town could talk or think about.

On As the World Turns, Luke’s sexuality obsessed not only his parents, but his extended family members, neighbors, etc… (To be fair, Luke was exactly like his mother, Lily, whose love life as a teen was also the preoccupation of all adults in Oakdale, and she saw nothing wrong with that. Of course, everyone should care whether Lily chose Dusty or Holden. Her happiness was the primary concern of all and her birthday party the major holiday of the year. What else did they have going on in their lives that could possibly compare?)

It was the same with Days of Our Lives‘ Will and All My Children‘s Bianca. Just once, I wanted a soap character to come out, and for the town to offer a collective, “So what? Do you have any idea of the drama we have going on in our own lives? Good for you, now move along, we’ve got our own stuff going on.”

That’s kind of what happened on B&B last week.

It was terrific.

The only person who fixated on Maya’s “secret” (though Rick was quick to point out she’d never lied to him, she just didn’t reveal the truth as soon as she might have), was Bill, a tabloid publisher who’d been salivating for weeks, looking for a story that would bring Rick down. It was nothing personal with Maya. She was just his means to an end (plus the opportunity to crack a few jokes that were no less than expected from the proudly politically incorrect Bill).

Rick’s parents found out, but they were more concerned about how Rick would feel about the revelation than how they felt.

Ever Rick’s brother, Ridge, who not only wants Rick’s ex-wife, but his job as CEO of their father’s company, saw it only as a way to put “Little Ricky” in his place, nothing more than that. Ridge made a point of saying he knew several transgender models, it was no big deal.

And then the real soap-opera kicked in. As soon as Bill published Maya’s story, it put Rick’s company in jeopardy due to bad press. Ridge insisted Rick be fired. (He suggested his dad invoke the morality clause, based on Rick’s volatile emotional state. This would be a good time to mention that while he is with Rick’s ex-wife now, Ridge also spent several decades marrying and divorcing Rick’s mother. So, morality, indeed.)

Maya, like all soapy heroines before her, decided it would be better for the man she loved if she were no longer in his life. She is a complication poor, innocent Rick should not be forced to deal with. She called Rick and asked him if he still wanted to marry her. Rick hung up. (Actually, he was in a car accident, but part of Maya’s selfless act is presumably to give up the internet, as well as Rick, so she doesn’t know yet.) Maya disappeared and refused to answer Rick’s subsequent frantic calls.

Rick figured she was angry with him about how he reacted to her news, and now his mother is trying to convince Rick that Maya was never good enough for him. He should just forget her and move on. After all, if she really loved him, wouldn’t she be at Rick’s side right now? How’s that for reasonable doubt?

It’s Star-Crossed Lovers Miscommunication 101!

(Forget the fact that, prior to their star-crossed-ness, Rick and Maya were both pretty horrible people; now they are bathed in a Romeo & Juliet glow, and even Rick’s ex-wife, the one he took a shot at, is being supportive and understanding; guess this is just like all those times a soap villainess would get raped, and all her previous heinous acts were suddenly forgiven.)

So Rick and Maya are being treated like every other soap couple, the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Maya really is just like every other woman in Rick’s life.

Isn’t that fantastic?

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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