That's the question I've been asking myself all the time (episode 1 to 4, I haven't finished it yet). Well, of course I know it's not a soap series as it's only 7 episodes, but if this tv series had been written differently, and if the actors had acted differently - in other words, if they had removed most of the excellence - then this may have well been an early Jackie Collins story in the style of "The World Is Full Of Married Men". It seems a waste of time pondering about a futile hypothesis like that, but all the same: where does "drama" end, and "soap" begin? Bouquet is a story about a dysfunctional family, a family that looks everything but dysfunctional, which makes it all such a nail-biting experience. There are identity crises, a sexual provocative theme like I've never seen before, domestic abuse, adultery, and also a possessiveness that seems to squeeze every ounce of morality out of these characters, especially father and daughter. So, did I just describe a novel or Falcon Crest? The best part - that element that makes it feel so terribly shocking - is the unsuspecting bystander, in this case the mother, who's slowly being reeled in until her daughter dropped the bombshell on her. The exposure or - God forbid - act of flaunting it, is far more impressive than the adultery itself. Episode 4 ends with a serious spouse-beating which I found unexpectedly...I was going to say "physical" but that seems too obvious in this case. It's just that the tone of the series mostly focuses on mental manipulation, and how it can backfire. Ambitious secretary Sarah Francis is one of those characters. Very blasé, very sure about what she is and wants, and yet she of all people ends up sitting alone in a flat, crying and waiting for her lover to drop by. That was definitely not the plan. There have been slaps before, and although there's no excuse for physical violence, Prue often appeared to be more rotten than her abusive husband. But this was really...I don't even know if she's going to survive. But I feel like I'm rambling on so I better continue with the episodes. All the actors are new to me except Susan Penhaligon, she has a familiar face. And Deborah Grant too, but maybe I'm confusing her with a StockAitkenWaterman singer. I hope the sequel (Another Bouquet) has been uploaded too.