Soap opera fans were stunned in 2002 by an unexpected plotline that involves Deacon, Brooke, and her daughter Bridget Forrester (Jennifer Finnigan), who is married to Deacon at the time. The marriage between Deacon and Bridget is denounced by the Forrester clan, who feels he is only using her to get to Amber Moore (Adrienne Frantz) and gain custody of his son, Little Eric. Amber is raising Deacon’s baby as her own after the death of Little Eric’s mother, Amber’s cousin Becky Moore Garrison (Marissa Tait).
In the midst of all of this, Deacon cheats on Bridget with none other than her own mother Brooke. As if this scandal isn’t bad enough, Deacon impregnates Brooke with their daughter Hope (Annika Noelle). Though Brooke attempts to pass off the baby as that of former love interest Whipple “Whip” Jones III (Rick Hearst), the truth eventually comes out. Naturally, Bridget is devastated.
Though fans of “The Bold and the Beautiful” had to admit that the chemistry between Deacon and Brooke was undeniable, they couldn’t forgive him for his betrayal of Bridget. On Twitter, @Dylan_StJaymes wrote, “It was hot as hell and great drama but an unjustifiable and huge betrayal of Bridget on an emotional level.” On Reddit, u/pixelboots believed he did care for Bridget, “but not enough to stop himself hooking up with Brooke.” u/Double-Kicks added that Bridget, who is “arguably the most innocent character,” didn’t deserve that kind of pain.