The Bold and The Beautiful Transcript Thursday 12/27/01
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Ridge: Can I have a cup of coffee, please?
Massimo: Hello, Ridge.
Ridge: Thank you.
Massimo: Big day for you, huh?
Ridge: What are you talking about, Massimo?
Massimo: I understand your father's turning over some of his responsibilities to you.
Ridge: You're still talking to my mother?
Massimo: Well, we stay in touch. She tells me that -- you've been preparing all your life for this moment. May I be the first to offer my congratulations? Someday, my son, someday -- everything will be different between us.
Rick: Mom told you where she was?
Bridget: She didn't tell me. I saw it on the caller I.D.
Amber: Where is she?
Bridget: A spa in Ojai -- Ojai Valley Inn. I'm going to go up and see her.
Amber: Already? She just left.
Bridget: Yeah, but if you could've heard her over the phone, she was so sad. I just want to make sure she's okay. You know, I'd better go before it gets too dark.
Amber: Well, wait, you can't leave today.
Bridget: Why not?
Rick: The meeting? The stock transfer?
Bridget: Oh, my God, I forgot. I've been so worried about Mom. You know what, it's probably okay if Rick goes and then tells me about it later.
Rick: No, Budge, you need to be there.
Amber: Yeah, this is going to be your company one day, yours and Rick's. You know, everyone's over there busting their butt to make sure this is going to be a company that you guys are proud of. You know, it's really important that you two are part of this.
Rick: She's got a point, Budge.
Bridget: Okay, okay, I'll go to the meeting. I guess I'll go see Mom tomorrow.
Amber: Yeah, you know, the best thing you can do for your mom right now is just keep an eye on the company.
Bridget: Oh, right, like I'm going to tell anybody around here what to do.
Amber: Well, technically, you could.
Bridget: Oh, come one, Amber, I don't know the first thing about this company. And Rick's just learning the ropes.
Amber: Well, you two are the only ones that actually know what your mom really wants.
Bridget: Yeah, maybe you're right.
Rick: Well, we better get over there.
Amber: Well, I'll just stay here.
Rick: Are you sure? We might be a while.
Amber: Yeah, that's okay. I'll just look over the sketches for the new line.
Jonathan: So you haven't discussed the new plan with Rick and Bridget?
Eric: No, not yet.
Thorne: Well, they won't have a problem with it, Jonathan.
Jonathan: I hope you're right.
Stephanie: Oh, hi, honey. Ah, Insomnia, huh? Since your running the company, our coffee isn't good enough for you?
Ridge: Ran into your friend.
Stephanie: My friend?
Ridge: Mm-hmm. Massimo Marone.
Stephanie: What did he want?
Ridge: To congratulate me. You talking about our family business with him again?
Stephanie: I hope you kept a civil tongue in your mouth with him.
Ridge: Mother, any other day and I'd get into it with you right here. But I've worked too damn long to let Massimo destroy this moment for me.
Stephanie: Well, the only person who can destroy this moment for you is Brooke.
Ridge: Now, Brooke has already told me she's leaving the company in my hands.
Stephanie: She said she'd leave it in good hands, she did not specify you. Now, you know, she wants to get back at us. So I wouldn't be surprised if she doesn't use the company to do just that.
Eric: Ridge, good. Did your mother tell you that Kristen called?
Ridge: Yeah, what did she say?
Eric: That she's not going to be here in time for the meeting, but she wanted me to tell you that you have her full support.
[Knock at door]
Stephanie: Oh, hi, Connor. Nice to see you.
Connor: Good to see you. Eric, boys.
Eric: Hello, Connor.
Connor: Jonathan, nice to see you.
Jonathan: Thank you, Connor, same.
Eric: I'm glad you're here. I need to know how Brooke intends to handle the transfer of her stock.
Connor: I've got everything right here, Eric. But I think that discussion should wait until Rick and Bridget are here.
Stephanie: Well, are we safe in assuming there are no surprises?
Connor: Oh, I wouldn't say that.
Amber: Hmm, that's not bad. Hmm, that's not how I'd do it.
Deacon: Amber, you seen Bridget?
Amber: Yeah, she was just in here.
Deacon: Where'd she go?
Amber: She had a meeting in Eric's office. Is something wrong?
Deacon: No, she just said that she spoke to Brooke. I was just wondering if -- you know, if there was any new developments.
Amber: Not really. Brooke's still really bummed out.
Deacon: She hasn't said why or anything, has she?
Amber: Nope, she's still playing the "woman of mystery" thing. But Bridget's going up there tomorrow, so I'm sure she'll get it out of her.
Thorne: Hey, Rick. Come in.
Ridge: How you doing', buddy.
Thorne: Welcome, Bridget.
Stephanie: Well, hi.
Bridget: Sorry, I'm late.
Stephanie: Sit here.
Thorne: Oh, no problem.
Stephanie: Isn't it exciting?
Rick: Hi, Dad, Stephanie. Yeah.
Eric: I'm so proud to have the two of you here -- both of you, at your first official business meeting. I mean, this company is your future, too, so welcome.
Rick: Well, thank you, Dad. Thanks for having us here.
Bridget: It's good to be here.
Ridge: We're glad you guys are gonna be a part of this.
Bridget: Oh, me, too.
Deacon: I don't know, I don't know. Something tells me this is not a great idea, Amber.
Deacon: Bridget going up to see her mother. I mean, think about it -- it seemed like Brooke wanted her space, to me.
Amber: No, no, no.
Amber: Don't do it. Don't get in the middle of bridge and her mom, it's a no-win strategy.
Deacon: Yeah, I'm starting to realize that.
Amber: Yeah. Bridget would already be on her way up to Ojai if I hadn't stopped her. You know, she really had to be at this meeting.
Deacon: What meeting?
Amber: Didn't she tell you?
Amber: About the stock transfer?
Deacon: Oh, yeah, she mentioned something about it. I don't really --
Amber: Yeah, it's pretty wild, isn't it? Your wife and my husband will one day be majority owners of Forrester. Hmm?
Massimo: The trouble is, Ridge trusts them too much, and me -- not at all. That will change. Someday he'll know the truth. And he'll know that everything I've done was for him.
Ridge: My father?
Massimo: Yes, Ridge. That's the reason for everything I've done.
Ridge: How long have you known this?
Massimo: For some time now.
Ridge: And you hid it from me?
Massimo: Well, you weren't ready to hear it. You didn't want to have anything to do with me. So I stayed behind the scenes.
Ridge: And helped me -- sent me anonymous advice. That was you?
Massimo: Yes, it was.
Ridge: I treated you like dirt. I hated you.
Massimo: How could you have known?
Ridge: But I did know. I did know. I felt it inside of me. All those times I felt this connection between us. But I couldn't admit it. I couldn't admit it even to myself.
Massimo: I felt it, too. We are so similar, you and I. Oh, Ridge -- if I had only known that you were my child I would've moved heaven and earth to have you with me -- to raise you as my son. My heir. But I was robbed of that chance. We both were. And when I found out the truth, your mother begged me not to destroy your relationship with your -- with Eric. So I did what she asked, but I couldn't abandon you completely.
Ridge: All those cryptic notes -- those bits of advice --
Massimo: All the things that I've learned through the years that I wanted to share with my son.
Ridge: I own this company today because of you.
Massimo: There is so much more I wanted to give you and now I can.
Ridge: I don't want anything from you. Nothing from you but your forgiveness. My father. My father.
Massimo: It will all be worth it in the end.
Eric: I think you're both aware of the discussions that we've been having about dividing up the stock.
Rick: Yes, Ridge felt the way you were doing it was unfair.
Ridge: I do have concerns about that. I've sunk a lot of years of my life into this company, and to end up with less than 10% of the stock? That just didn't sit well with me. But I think you can understand that.
Rick: Yeah, Ridge, totally. I definitely understand it.
Eric: I want to run something by both of you. Now, of course I'm operating under the assumption that your mother will divide her 51% between the two of you. Giving each one of you 25.5%. Now, what I would like to do is divide the remaining 49% among my other four children.
Bridget: And leave us out of it?
Eric: Yes. But each of you would still have more than twice what Ridge and Thorne and Kristen and Felicia have. Does that seem fair to you?
Rick: I do feel bad for Ridge because, well, like you said, you have put a lot of time and effort into this company and you're only going to end up with what -- 12.25%?
Ridge: Well, hey, if you want to make a donation to the cause, feel free.
Jonathan: We had a meeting yesterday, your father, Stephanie, Ridge and myself. And we arrived at a compensating package for Ridge, which we feel adequately rewards him for his accomplishments. Here is a copy of his contract, which he signed. You'll notice his annual salary up there near the top.
Rick: Wow. I don't feel sorry for you anymore.
Eric: Well, the point is, we think we've come up with something where everyone gives a little and gets a lot. Do you think this is something the two of you can sign off on?
Bridget: Yeah, definitely.
Stephanie: Of course, this is all contingent on your mother doing what we expect her to do.
Eric: Well, let's find out, shall we? Connor, you want to tell us what Brooke has decided?
Deacon: Uh, turn around for a second. You want to run this by me again? Are you telling me that Bridget and Rick are gonna be the majority owners of Forrester?
Amber: That's right. Because their mother owns 51%. Then she'll leave it to them and they'll get some from their dad.
Amber: Yeah. They are going to own more than Ridge, Thorne, Kristen and Felicia combined.
Deacon: Wow, this is too good to be true. Wait a second, you have got to tell me how Ridge is taking this.
Amber: Oh, he's pouting. But there's not a whole lot he can do.
Deacon: See, now, the guy blew it. He should've married Brooke when he had the chance.
Amber: Well, I'm glad he didn't 'cause the way things are going now, Rick's next in line to run the company. And you know who maybe next in line after him?
Deacon: No, but I got a pretty good idea you're gonna tell me.
Deacon: My son? You're telling me that my son might run Forrester Creations someday?
Amber: It blows your mind, doesn't it?
Connor: Brooke has decided not to transfer the shares of her stock at this time.
Stephanie: But our decision is contingent upon hers.
Connor: She understands that, Stephanie. And she wants to put everyone's mind at ease. To that end, she has signed and filed a declaration of intent -- stating that her stock is to be divided equally among her children, either at the time of her death or at an earlier time of her choosing.
Eric: So it is just as we thought. Rick and Bridget each get 25.5%.
Jonathan: Not necessarily. That declaration doesn't name Rick and Bridget by name. It just says "children"?
Connor: That's true.
Jonathan: So, if Brooke has another child --
Bridget: Oh, I think Mom's done with that.
Stephanie: Well, it does seem highly unlikely.
Ridge: What did she say about the company? Who gets to run it while she's gone?
Connor: "In my absence, and until such time as I return to office, I designate Ridge Forrester chief executive officer of Forrester Creations. I trust that he will run the company exactly as I would. And it is my wish and expectation that my children will give him their full support."
Rick: Well, you do have our support, Ridge. Nobody's more qualified than you.
Bridget: I agree.
Ridge: Thank you. It means a lot to me.
Eric: Well, everybody, Ridge, congratulations. This is a new era for Forrester Creations. Actually, I have some champagne ready for this very moment.
Rick: Ridge, congratulations.
Ridge: Thank you.
Thorne: I'll help you, Dad.
[All talking at once]
Stephanie: I've waited for this day since you were born.
Ridge: Thank you, Mother. Thank you.
Stephanie: Connor, I'd be delighted if you'd stay and have some champagne with us.
Connor: Thank you, Stephanie, I'd love to.
Eric: I told you this would all work out.
Stephanie: You know, your father said it would all work out.
Ridge: Thank you.
Eric: This makes everything worthwhile, you know. All the sacrifice and all the hard work -- to be able to hand off this legacy to my son. Ridge?
Group: Yeah, speech. Speech.
Ridge: All right, I just want to say simply -- thank you to my parents 'cause both of you made it all possible.
Eric: Congratulations, son.
Group: Here, here.
Thorne: My big brother, CEO!
Massimo: I don't like it. What are they gonna give him -- more money, more responsibility, a finer title? None of that is worth anything unless he has the power of ownership. I see trouble ahead. But the day will come when Ridge will need me as much as I need him.
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