The Bold and The Beautiful Transcript Friday 12/21/01
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Tony: So -- back at home.
Kristen: Honeymoon's over.
Tony: Time to get tough.
Kristen: Oh, is this what I have to put up with every night?
Tony: I'm afraid so.
Kristen: My mother didn't tell me it'd be like this.
Tony: Deal with it.
Kristen: If I must.
Taylor: Now let me just get this straight. Brooke told you that she was going to take some of the stock that she was giving to her children and she's giving it to you, without anything in return?
Ridge: Nothing in return.
Taylor: That doesn't sound like Brooke.
Ridge: Yeah, I know. Brooke hasn't quite been herself these days.
Taylor: What's wrong with her?
Ridge: I don't know. It just seems like she's burdened by something.
Taylor: Well, she has been through a lot this year, but to hand over what could amount to a controlling interest of Forrester Creations --
Ridge: Well, it's a lot of responsibility. Maybe she just wants to get out from under it all.
Taylor: I hope that's all it is.
Ridge: I don't think she's up to something, if that's what you're worried about.
Taylor: Well, then if that's true, then whatever this problem is Brooke has been dealing with, it must be pretty serious for her to just suddenly hand over the company to you, after she's worked so hard to get control of it.
Ridge: Don't forget, it wasn't just her decision. She did talk it over with the kids.
Taylor: Well, that's another thing. I just can't see the kids giving over their controlling stock.
Ridge: They won't regret it. I'll take care of them.
Taylor: Just like a big brother should.
Ridge: So what do you say we go over to Brooke's and make it official, huh?
Connor: Are you sure you want to do this, Brooke? You do realize that if you take some of Rick and Bridget's stock and give it to Ridge that it's irrevocable.
Brooke: I feel that Ridge has earned it.
Connor: I just don't understand what the rush is.
Brooke: It's just something that I want to put behind me.
Connor: You say you're not retiring.
Brooke: Not in the immediate future.
Connor: All right, then why not wait?
Brooke: Because this is an uncertain world that we live in. The last few months have certainly showed us that.
Connor: There's something you're not telling me, Brooke. You're not ill, are you?
Brooke: I'm not dying, if that's what you're asking me.
Connor: And yet you seem to be putting your house in order.
Brooke: Well, that's because my "house" has been in chaos for much too long.
Connor: Okay, well, maybe your personal life. You just choose the wrong men, that's all. Be that as it may, professionally, you've been very effective.
Brooke: Not lately, I haven't.
Connor: Why? What's happened?
Brooke: Oh, Connor, will you please stop asking me these questions? I'm just spent. I'm just physically, emotionally, spiritually -- I'm exhausted.
Connor: Brooke, as your friend, I wish you'd open up to me. And as your lawyer, I wish -- really wish that you wouldn't do this. Not now. Think of your children.
Amber: My point is, Rick, depending on how much stock your mother wants to transfer to Ridge, he could easily end up with more of the stock than anyone in the family. However, if you tell your mother that you changed your mind and that you don't want to give up any of your stock to Ridge, then when the transfer happens, you and Bridget will obtain controlling interest in the company. Which means, someday when your mother retires or heaven forbid, when she dies, then you two will have complete control of Forrester Creations. The only question is -- do you want to have that option or don't you? Because if you let your mother go through with this, then you lose that option. For yourself and for your children. In my opinion, it's a no-brainer. You just can't let her do it.
Rick: I guess a part of me just hoped that we could all run the company together.
Amber: Yeah, but, Rick, that's not the way it works in business. Somebody has to be in charge and that somebody should be you. And when your mother retires, you'll be finished with school and you'll be ready to take over the company. But if you don't have controlling interest, that will never happen.
Rick: I just hate doing this to Ridge.
Amber: Well, maybe it will be good for you. You know, being a CEO isn't easy. You're gonna have to make a lot of tough decisions. And this is your first.
Rick: Well, I'm not CEO yet.
Amber: Yes, but you will be someday. It will happen. And when it does, you will be ready.
Amber: Sweetie, feel this. Feel this. That's our baby in there. And you want to give him, or her, every opportunity, don't you?
Amber: Well, someday when you're all finished running Forrester, then it will be the next generation's turn. That's our legacy, Rick. To give Eric and this baby such a rare opportunity. To have controlling interest in a company that their grandfather built. That their father ran. And that someday they'll run themselves. Now if you love them, and I know that you do, you won't do anything to rob them of that.
Brooke: Connor, I really can't deal with this right now.
Connor: Okay, then don't, just don't. When Ridge comes over here, just tell him you've reconsidered.
Brooke: But I haven't!
Connor: Then tell him you need more time. It's obvious that you've been under a tremendous amount of stress lately. This is not a decision you should be making right now.
Brooke: Look, this is giving me a headache.
Connor: Brooke, you hired me to look out for your interests. Giving a chunk of Forrester to Ridge or anybody else for that matter is not in your best interest nor your children's best interest. Please, trust me on that.
Connor: Hey, Rick. Amber.
Rick: Connor. Look, can I talk to you guys about something?
Brooke: What, honey?
Rick: This business about giving Ridge some of our stock. I don't want to do it.
Tony: What are you thinking?
Kristen: How good it is to be home.
Tony: Is that all?
Kristen: And that we have so much to be grateful for.
Tony: Well, I sure do. I can't believe you're mine.
Kristen: I just keep thinking about our wedding. You know, everyone was so happy for us. And that priest, God, he said such beautiful words. You know, he believed, like us, that this cloud would have a silver lining.
Tony: Well, he did bring our families together.
Kristen: Yes, yes. He did do that. But I think there is something more.
Tony: Like what?
Kristen: I don't know. But, you know, so many people kept saying that you and I would do something very special with our lives.
Tony: Yeah, that is funny. A lot of people did say that.
Kristen: Yeah, I just wonder what it will be. The silver lining. I thought about it a lot on our honeymoon.
Tony: I did, too.
Kristen: You did, really?
Tony: The whole time. It felt like everything we did was, like, for a reason, you know? It felt like we were guided. Even to the orphanage.
Kristen: Zende. I miss that little boy.
Tony: What an incredible little kid. You want to?
Kristen: Yeah, let's. I have the pictures right here.
Tony: I put some pictures over --
Tony: -- Over here by the table. I thought you'd want to look at them.
Kristen: Of course. That's why I put mine right here.
Tony: Zende. There he is.
Tony: That kid. That precious little kid.
Kristen: I know. God, to think about him back there in that orphanage.
Tony: Well, then don't.
Kristen: Oh, it's impossible not to. I just -- I hope and I pray that he doesn't have HIV.
Tony: Well, I guess we'll never find out.
Kristen: I don't want to find out. What am I saying? Of course I'm gonna find out. I've already written him a letter.
Tony: You did?
Kristen: On the airplane. What'd you think I was doing?
Tony: What did you think I was doing?
Kristen: Well, you were writing -- oh, my gosh.
Tony: I was writing a letter to him, too.
Kristen: We are pathetic.
Tony: No, we're in love. And not just to each other.
Kristen: It tears my heart out to think about him.
Tony: What? What is it?
Kristen: Look at his coat.
Tony: His coat? What about his coat?
Kristen: My God, Tony -- it has a silver lining.
Brooke: You don't want me to give Ridge part of my share of the company?
Rick: No, at least, not yet. This is a big decision, and it's gonna require a lot of thought.
Brooke: Rick, that's not how you felt earlier.
Rick: Well, that's because I was thinking about you and not business. But, Mom, you've been so fried lately, we shouldn't even be talking about this.
Brooke: I'm perfectly capable of discussing this.
Rick: Well, I disagree. You've had too much else on your mind. And this can really wait.
Brooke: Ridge is on his way over here.
Rick: You told him that we're gonna give him some of our stock?
Brooke: Yes, I did, on the phone.
Connor: Look, why don't the three of you just go upstairs and let me deal with Ridge?
Brooke: Yeah, like he's going to tolerate that.
Rick: You know what? Mom is right. You know, if she already told him, he's gonna want some answers from us. Look, Mom, I'm sorry. I've just had a complete change of heart here. I'm thinking about my future and my family, and I'm just not ready to go through with this.
Brooke: It's okay, honey. I understand. Maybe you're right. Look, Connor, why don't you leave and you and Amber go upstairs, okay? I will deal with Ridge.
Connor: Oh, no, no, no, no. Not with you in this condition.
Brooke: I don't have a condition! I'm just --
Connor: It's academic now. That's probably Ridge.
Rick: I'll get it.
Rick: Ridge, Taylor, come on in.
Ridge: Hey, Rick. Thank you.
Ridge: Well, well, well -- the whole gang's here. How you doing, Connor?
Connor: Fantastic, Ridge. How 'bout you?
Ridge: Couldn't be better -- especially tonight. Oh, I see you drew up the papers.
Connor: Yes, I have.
Ridge: I brought a little champagne to celebrate here. But before I do that, I want to say something. I want to say that this has been the most gracious gesture anyone in this family has ever done for me. It's a real vote of confidence for me, as a brother and as a friend. And I swear to you from the bottom of my heart that you won't regret it.
Ridge: Well, don't let me bring down the mood of the party here. You've given me a gift. Let's celebrate with a little bubbly here, while it's still cold. Rick, you want to get some glasses?
Rick: Ridge, can we talk to you for a minute?
Rick: When Mom brought up all this stuff about the stock, we all agreed that deserve more than 9.8%. And we still feel that way.
Ridge: Well, good. I think that's fairly obvious, isn't it?
Taylor: What are you trying to say, Rick?
Amber: I think what he's trying to say is that he kind of made a rash decision without really thinking it through.
Ridge: And now you've thought it through?
Rick: Yeah. I've changed my mind, Ridge. I don't want Mom to give away what is about to become Bridget's and my stock in Forrester creations.
Ridge: Why not?
Rick: Look, it just doesn't feel right, okay?
Ridge: It doesn't feel right that I should own more of a company that I helped build?
Rick: That's just because you're older.
Ridge: No, it's not, Rick. This isn't about age. This is about contribution. And if you had contributed as much as I have contributed to the company, you'd feel the same way.
Brooke: All right, let's not argue about this.
Ridge: I have sacrificed the most. I have worked the hardest. Which means, when Brooke steps down, the company is mine.
Amber: Actually, there are two families that own this company, Ridge.
Ridge: Oh, really? And how much did you have to do with this, Amber?
Rick: This was my decision, Ridge, not my wife's.
Ridge: Well, then let's talk about that decision.
Rick: There's nothing to talk about. This is how it's gonna be.
Ridge: Like hell it is.
Brooke: Ridge. This discussion is over. There will be no transfer of ownership tonight.
Ridge: I don't believe you. I don't believe all of you. This is wrong! And I'm not going to stand for it. Do you understand me? Let's get the hell out of here, Taylor!
Tony: Oh, my God. I never noticed before. Zende's coat actually has a silver lining.
Kristen: Do you know what this means?
Tony: Well, you've always been saying that my HIV is a dark cloud with a silver lining.
Kristen: We love this boy. And we were just waiting for God to give us a sign of what to do with that love. And now we know.
Tony: Are you thinking what I'm thinking?
Kristen: This boy needs us. And we need him even more.
Tony: We could give this kid an education. We could give him a family. We could give him a life!
Kristen: And then we would have the son that we thought we would never have. Let's do it. Let's fly back to Africa and adopt Zende.
Tony: We're gonna have a son. We're gonna have a family.
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