The Bold and The Beautiful Transcript Tuesday 12/18/01
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Massimo: My son, my son. You should have that package by now. And I certainly hope it opens your eyes. Because whether you know it or not, your real father is watching out for you.
[Knock at door]
Massimo: Yes, come in.
Sally: Amazing, I actually made it into the inner sanctum without being held up by the guard.
Massimo: Sally, Sally, Sally, Sally, Sally. You know, this is actually not a very good time.
Sally: Oh, that's all right, my darling. I'm not staying. I just stopped by to see where we're going.
Sally: Yes, so I'll know what to wear. Tonight, when we go out to dinner.
Sally: You forgot, huh?
Massimo: Oh, I'm so sorry.
Sally: It's all right. I understand. Obviously, you have something much more compelling to think about, huh? Something that you just can't get your mind off of, is that it? Oh, don't try to deny it. I know that look, I know that scowl. Those are signs of a visit by Stephanie Forrester.
Massimo: As a matter of fact, she just left.
Sally: Hmm, and as a matter of fact, she was here just to make absolutely sure that you keep your mouth shut, right?
Massimo: She's worried, Sally. And as far as I'm concerned, she ought to be. Because if this secret comes out, her family's gonna be ripped apart. If it comes out that I am Ridge's father --
Sally: They're not gonna hear about that from me, Massimo. I gave you my word on that. I intend to keep it. So if that's what you're worried about, you can relax.
Massimo: No, that's not it.
Sally: Well, it's got to be something. Obviously something's wrong. What is it? Oh, come on, my darling. You know you can trust me. Is it something about Stephanie?
Massimo: She doesn't understand. I don't mean to disrupt her family. I'm even willing not to have a relationship with Ridge, but I just can't pretend he's not my son.
Sally: But how could you? He's your child.
Massimo: That's right. Ridge doesn't realize what he's capable of. He doesn't realize what his worth is, and I'm the only one that can show him.
Sally: But how can you do that, my darling, when you can't have any contact with him? Wait a minute. You're up to something, aren't you? Mojo, what have you done?
Massimo: I've sent Ridge a present -- a very enlightening present.
Ridge: No return address? Where did it come from? "This is your slice of the Forrester pie. Get what you deserve. Don't settle for less." What the hell does this mean?
Stephanie: You won't discuss this?
Eric: Look, you and I agreed that we would give the company to the children. I'm not coming up with something new. Nothing's changed.
Stephanie: I think we have to re-evaluate the way things are.
Eric: Why? Why now? We have a very simple, straight-forward plan -- an equal share for each child, no ambiguity, nothing to argue about.
Stephanie: Because you want to give Rick and Bridget one-sixth of our share of the ownership. They're going to inherit their mother's shares. I think our children would have every reason to argue about that.
Eric: You have a good point, and we'll do something about that. But I'm not going to cut my kids out completely. Rick and Bridget are my children, and they will get something appropriate here. Now, it's the idea that Ridge should have the controlling interest of the company, that's what makes no sense to me.
Stephanie: Of course it makes sense! He's made an enormous contribution to the success of this company, and he should have control.
Eric: Well, I'm sorry, Stephanie, but I can't do that.
Brooke: Eric, I was reading -- oh, excuse me.
Stephanie: I'm very glad that you're here. Eric and I are at an impasse, and I'd like your input.
Brooke: About what?
Brooke: So you want my input about Ridge
Stephanie: Yes. Brooke, would you say -- would you characterize Ridge's contribution to this company as significant?
Stephanie: Might you even say, essential?
Brooke: Well, yes, of course. He's not thinking of leaving here, is he?
Eric: No, no. She's just trying to make a point.
Stephanie: Eric and I are in the middle of discussing our estate and the allocation of our assets, and Eric wants to give equal shares to the children.
Eric: Well, so did you, until just now.
Brooke: This sounds like a personal matter. I really don't think I should be getting involved.
Stephanie: Oh, but you are involved, because the decision we make could affect the future of Forrester Creations. It could affect the idea of whether there might be a future at all.
Sally: Massimo, what do you mean that you sent Ridge a present?
Massimo: Well, actually, it was more of a warning.
Sally: About what?
Massimo: His future. It's in jeopardy -- at least it will be unless Eric steps up and does something right for once in his life. It is absolutely amazing to me, you know, that Eric hasn't even started to distribute his estate? He hasn't even begun his planning.
Sally: All right, all right, wait a minute. Now, I thought we were discussing Ridge.
Massimo: Who do you think is going to pay for Eric's incompetence? Oh, after everything Ridge has done -- all his time, his energy that he's dedicated to Forrester Creations -- he will never even run Forrester Creations. Why? Because Eric intends to split it up. He's going to chop it up into small pieces and deny Ridge his legacy. Well, I'm not going to let that happen, Sally. I had to do something. I had to do what was right for my son.
Ridge: "Get what you deserve. Don't settle for less"? Less of what?
[Knock at door]
Taylor: Knock, knock.
Ridge: Hey, doc.
Taylor: I hope you're not busy. Megan was on the phone, and she just waved me in.
Ridge: When would I be too busy to see my gorgeous wife? Hmm. What did I do to deserve that?
Taylor: It's not what you've done. It's what you're about to do.
Ridge: Oh, yeah? And what's that?
Taylor: You know how I've been complaining about the car?
Ridge: Oh no, don't tell me it's in the shop again.
Taylor: No, not yet. But it's just a matter of time.
Ridge: Okay, we've got to replace that. I just haven't had a chance to look.
Taylor: Well, now you don't have to, because I already found it. It's a brand-new, gorgeous, champagne-colored SUV. It gets better gas mileage than a car. It has tons of room in the back for groceries or luggage. It's got four-wheel drive, so we can take drives up into the snow. And it's got a removable third row of seats.
Ridge: Well, it sounds perfect. How about tomorrow we go to the dealership, and we can just take a look.
Taylor: Actually, you can do that right now. It's down in the lot.
Ridge: You bought it?
Taylor: I just stopped by to look at it, and the deal was so great I couldn't pass it up. We've already been talking about it for months. I hope you don't mind. I mean it's not like we can't afford it, sweetheart. You are the heir-apparent of Forrester Creations.
Ridge: Hey, if this is what you really want, I'm all for it.
Taylor: Oh, I'm so excited. I can't wait for you to see it.
Taylor: Well, I've got to go.
Ridge: You just got here.
Taylor: I know, but I thought you'd be a little more excited about the SUV. Maybe want to take a spin?
Ridge: I am, doc. Doc, I am. Come on, it's just been kind of a weird day. Somebody sent me this.
Taylor: A pie?
Ridge: One little sliver of a pie and this note.
Taylor: "This is your slice of the Forrester pie. Get what you deserve. Don't settle for less."
Ridge: What do you think it means?
Taylor: It looks like some kind of stupid marketing gimmick.
Ridge: Yeah, but there's no return address, no business card.
Taylor: Well, you'll probably get a call from some salesperson today.
Ridge: I suppose. It just seems so cryptic.
Taylor: Sweetheart, this is your company. When your father retires, he's going to want no one but you to have it. Believe me, you'll be getting a lot more than a tiny little slice. Okay, I've got to go do some shopping. I'll see you later.
Ridge: All right.
Sally: Massimo, I do understand how much you want to take care of Ridge and look out for his interests. But please, do not involve yourself in Forrester Creations' business.
Massimo: Ridge has three children to support, Sally.
Sally: All right. And Forrester Creations is making a nice profit, Ridge is making a nice salary, and the children are not hurting.
Massimo: That's not the point. It's the principle. Ridge is not working at Forrester for the money. I'm sure he's had plenty of job offers. I'm sure he could run his own firm. That's not what it's all about. It's about loyalty, and there's the irony. He has dedicated himself to Forrester Creations for family pride, and it's not even his own family!
Sally: Yes, but Ridge does not know that.
Massimo: No, not at this point. I made a promise to Stephanie, but I can't stand by and watch Eric dismantle everything Ridge has done.
Sally: Have you and Stephanie been talking about this?
Massimo: Yes, and she agrees with me. Ridge should be rewarded. But if she can't change Eric's mind about this ridiculous plan, then Ridge is going to be powerless. Brooke and her children will have total control over Ridge's legacy.
Sally: Massimo, do you think warning Ridge about this is going to change anything? Eric has control of the company stock and how it's distributed. There's nothing anyone can do to change that.
Eric: Stephanie, please. This is not going to hurt the company.
Stephanie: I think that your plan will destabilize the entire company.
Eric: How? Brooke will still be CEO. Ridge will still be head designer. Nothing's gonna change.
Stephanie: What happens when -- if Brooke steps down?
Brooke: Hold on. I'm still not sure what you're talking about.
Eric: Stephanie wants to give Ridge a larger stake in the company.
Stephanie: Because he's earned it.
Eric: You know, I don't disagree with that. In fact, I agree. What I don't understand is how an equal distribution of assets is possibly going to hurt the company.
Stephanie: It's insulting to Ridge.
Brooke: You know what? Eric, she has a point. That doesn't seem quite fair.
Eric: Is giving Ridge a larger percentage going to be fair to Thorne? He works here, too.
Stephanie: Well, I think you have to take all of that into consideration, yes. But we also have to figure out a more equitable distribution of the ownership.
Eric: Based on what? Hours worked, years of service? Okay, so Ridge gets the largest share, then Thorne, and then Kristen gets a little bit, but Felicia gets nothing?
Stephanie: We're not going to see eye-to-eye about this. Do you understand my point of view?
Brooke: Oh, Stephanie --
Stephanie: No, I mean it. Just think about this, please. If we go along with Eric's plan, Ridge ends up with one-sixth of our share of the ownership. Is he going to accept that? Why should he? It's insulting. After the contribution that he's made to this company, what's to keep him from packing up and going off and starting his own business? What effect is that going to have on the company? What effect is that going to have on the value of your stock, your 51%? Sure, we can all hire another designer, but I think losing Ridge could have a devastating effect on Forrester Creations, one we may never recover from. Is that what you want? I know that isn't what you want. This company is your dream. You don't want it to end here.
Ridge: Maybe Taylor's right. Maybe it is just a marketing ploy. I still don't like it, though. It feels kind of like a warning. "My slice of the Forrester pie"? What does that mean? I've given my life to this company.
Massimo: Nobody can run that company the way Ridge can. He's my son. It's in his blood. He shouldn't be hidden in some back room drawing pretty pictures. He should be CEO.
Sally: But you can't just hand him a position like that.
Massimo: I could if he was working for me, because this is where he belongs. He shouldn't be fighting over Eric's millions. As president of Marone Industries, he would have billions. He would be one of the most influential, powerful men in the world. But if it's no to be, I mean, what am I supposed to do? Just throw up my hands and give up on him? He needs me.
Sally: Massimo, Ridge Forrester is a very strong, capable man. He does not need you for protection.
Massimo: He needs my guidance. I understand how he thinks. I understand what makes him tick, his desires. He wants to be in control. He wants to be on the top, and I'm gonna see that he gets there. Nobody -- nobody is gonna take my son's birthright away. Nobody!
Ridge: Someone's messing with me. I can feel it. What are they trying to tell me? What does this mean?
Brooke: You really think Ridge would leave the company?
Eric: No, Ridge is not gonna leave.
Stephanie: What motive are we giving him to stay?
Eric: Pride. He's not gonna walk away, not after he's worked so hard to contribute to the success of this company.
Stephanie: Exactly my point. That's why he should run it.
Brooke: Stephanie, even if you give Ridge all of your stock, I still have control.
Stephanie: But this isn't just about control. It's about respect. And I can't understand why you don't see that.
Eric: You think I don't respect Ridge?
Stephanie: Oh, of course you respect him. You love him. You love the company. I'm just trying to come up with a plan that benefits both.
Eric: Ridge and the company. But what about the rest of the family? How does this benefit them?
Stephanie: The company is a success with Ridge at the helm. His success is their success. It's yours, it's Brooke's, it's everybody's. Everyone wins.
Eric: "Everyone profits" you mean.
Stephanie: Well, what the hell?! Aren't we in business for profit?!
Eric: You and I started this business for independence, Stephanie -- creative independence as well as financial. We wanted to build something to give to our children. And you and I agreed that no matter how successful we became, we would never force any of our kids to work in this business. An equal inheritance for each one no matter what they chose to do with their lives. No debate, no competition. This isn't some profit-driven corporate structure. It's a family business, and the emphasis has to stay on "family," or it's worth nothing!
Brooke: I'm sorry, Stephanie. I don't want to lose Ridge. I know he's the backbone of this company. But I really have to agree with Eric.
Stephanie: Why should I be surprised? I don't think that Ridge is going to agree with either one of you. And when he finds out the small percentage of ownership that he has, I think he's going to be hurt, and I think he's going to be insulted, and I won't blame him in the least.
[Knock at door]
Ridge: Oh, you're all here -- the three people I wanted to see. I want to talk about the future of Forrester Creations.
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