This is a strange one, and I’m not even sure I understand what’s going on, but here goes…
“They made a mistake with Brandon,” says a set side source. “They tried to fire him when he was just a few days into a new cycle. They would have had to pay him out for 26 weeks or use him, so they’re using him.”
Like… what? They decided they didn’t have a use for the character, then realized they’d have to pay him regardless, so they’re just going to come up with reasons for him to hang around for another 26 weeks? How did no one check that before firing him?
I honestly haven’t minded Beemer at all this go-round. There’s a certain likable charm about him that makes me wish they’d at least attempt to do something with him besides the old Shawn/Belle/Philip routine. I doubt he’s going to get any substantial story out of this, though. I can’t wait for the awkwardness of Shawn and Belle exiting together, whenever that happens, and then Shawn returning like two weeks later to linger around town for six months. Hey, maybe Belle will cheat on him offscreen again, and they can get a text-message divorce, and we can start this whole wretched cycle over!