B&B Transcript Monday 12/6/04 [an error occurred while processing this directive]

The Bold and The Beautiful Transcript Monday 12/6/04

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By Boo
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Thorne: You see it, don't you, Brooke?

Brooke: See what?

Thorne: That Ridge has gone too far this time.

Brooke: I think Ridge should be the next CEO of Forrester Creations considering everything he's done.

Thorne: And I'm sure he will be on the short list of candidates when dad retires. Not when he's forced from the very company that he founded!

Ridge: Nobody's being forced out, Thorne. I told you, he'll stay on, focusing on the kind of work he's always loved doing. The kind of work you're always lamenting you don't have enough time for, like designing, mentoring --

Thorne: Well, how magnanimous of you, Ridge. But it's not your decision to make.

Stephanie: No, it's not. It's up to you, Brooke.

Brooke: Don't give me that look, Stephanie. It's not gonna help your case.

Thorne: But you admit we have a case.

Ridge: For god's sakes.

Brooke: Look, I know you haven't selected an heir apparent. Not publicly, anyway. But Ridge would be the best person for the job. He would look out for Forrester's future, and he would make sure that there's a company left over to hand over to your grandchildren, and to their children.

Eric: And you think I'm not doing that?

Brooke: Letting spectra use Forrester's name could damage the brand.

Ridge: It will. It'll totally compromise the Forrester name. A name we spent two generations building.

Eric: All right, all right. I've heard your concerns about that, Ridge. And I simply disagree on this one marketing issue. That doesn't make me soft or short-sighted, and it certainly doesn't merit this kind of a boardroom ambush. Brooke, you have always been your own woman. And I know how much Ridge means to you. But I'm confident that you will vote for what you know is right.

Ridge: Logan, can I have a word with you in my office, please?

Thorne: No, Ridge.

Ridge: Now, please.

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[ Knock on door ]

Nick: How did you get in here?

Deacon: I waited till your secretary left. Just thought maybe you'd like to know how your mother's doing, since you don't seem fit to answer her phone calls or e-mails. You know, she was having a pretty tough time getting back on her feet, but she's doing a lot better, now.

Nick: Thanks to you, I suppose?

Deacon: No, actually. It's a weird thing. She went into the Jackie M boutique, and it was like, I don't know, some kind of light switch flipped on.

Nick: She fell for your song and dance. I always thought my mother was a smart woman.

Deacon: She is a smart woman. That oughtta tell you something --

Nick: What? What should that tell me?

Deacon: That should tell you that I really love her.

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Ridge: Logan, please don't get sucked into their melodrama. I know this is going to be an adjustment, but it's not gonna be the demise of our family.

Brooke: No? Look at us. We're already divided.

Ridge: We've been squabbling in this family for months. If it's not one family crisis, it's another.

Brooke: So you think you can turn that around?

Ridge: I know that I have got to save my family's business, Logan. I've got to save it before it's too late.

Nick: You might have fooled my mother, but you ain't foolin' me.

Deacon: You still think I'm after your mother's money, don't you?

Nick: Nah. I just think it's just dumb luck that you fell in love with an older, wealthy woman.

Deacon: And I think that you're not giving your mother enough credit, Nick. She truly is a fantastic lady.

Nick: If you care about my mother, the way you claim you do -- then I need you to show me. You show me that I'm wrong about you.

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Eric: I can't believe Ridge tried to pull this.

Stephanie: I didn't actually think he would go through with it, honey.

Eric: You knew he was gonna try to do this, to manipulate me out of this company?

Stephanie: Yes, and I'm sorry. But, honey, I tried to convince him to drop this whole thing. I thought eventually he would just come to understand just how wrong it is.

Thorne: But he didn't, did he, Mother?

Stephanie: Very difficult dealing with him when he's like this. All he can see is how he feels something will affect this company.

Darla: Well, hopefully, Brooke can talk some sense into him.

Stephanie: I shouldn't have put my faith in her. I'm sorry, she's not gonna stand up to him.

Eric: She might surprise you.

Stephanie: Wouldn't that be nice? No, I don't think so. I can tell you, though, exactly what's going on over there. He's is playing her like a fiddle, telling her that he and she are a team, and that she has to do this for him. By the time he finishes with her, she'll not only give him your job, she'll be ready to move into this office with him.

Ridge: Logan, you know me. I don't like what this feud with Thorne is doing to our family, either.

Brooke: Of course you don't.

Ridge: But I'm not gonna use this company as retribution, and that's exactly what dad's doing now.

Brooke: I understand that, but it seems like this could be the one last concession, and then we can all finally just move on --

Ridge: That's what mother and dad told me when they gave Thorne our whole collection. Here we are again. Gave him an inch, and he wants a foot. So where does it end? I've already negotiated in good faith to let Thorne sell his spectra right next to us at Jackie M. But poaching our name, and our trademark?

Brooke: It is Thorne's name, too.

Ridge: But it's not Sally's. For all we know, Thorne may leave Spectra some day, and Sally'd have all the rights to the Forrester name. Hell, there'd be nothing stopping her from stealing our designs and slapping our name on them. We might as well just hand the company to her, Logan. That's essentially what we'd be doing if we let dad's decision stand. And I'm not -- we cannot let that happen.

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Deacon: So let me get this straight. If I love your mother, I'm supposed to leave her? Wouldn't that just be like one of my rotten stunts, nick?

Nick: It's called a sacrifice, Deacon. Sacrifice -- when you put the needs of your love ones before your own.

Deacon: Like what you did for Brooke? Nick, I love your mother. She's the woman for me, the same as Brooke was the woman for you.

Nick: Don't push your luck.

Deacon: Okay, okay, fine. Point well taken. I'm not down her because I like to get chewed out. I'm down here because, man, I love your mother, and she misses you.

Nick: Well, it's a good thing she has your shoulder to lean on.

Deacon: I think you and I both know that you're always gonna be the number one guy in her life.

Nick: Well, I have to take care of the number one guy in my life. You see, my father will never be the same because of what happened between you and my mother.

Deacon: Nick, I don't think it's gonna come as any big surprise to you that your parents' marriage wasn't exactly the fairy tale that you might have thought it was. Your mother finally has a chance to be happy with me. I just -- I hope that someday you might be able to see that.

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Brooke: I understand everything you're saying --

Ridge: Finally, a person of reason.

Brooke: From a business standpoint. But I can't forget the look in your dad's eyes. He's hurt, Ridge. You two are a team. And not only is he losing this company, but he's losing you. He's losing trust in you, a son that he adores. Now, are you really willing to lose that?

Ridge: I don't feel like I have a choice. I know dad's gonna be angry with me for a while. Probably a long while. I'm just gonna have to work my butt off to regain his trust, and make him finally realize that I'm doing this for him.

Brooke: I just want this family to start healing.

Ridge: So do I, Brooke. Believe it or not, that even includes having Thorne come back to Forrester eventually, where he belongs.

Brooke: Really?

Ridge: Absolutely. The thought of having our kids grow up in this company, just like we did -- just have to keep the damn place afloat for that to happen.

Brooke: And in order to do that, you need my vote.

Ridge: Logan, you are my partner. We took a vow to honor and respect each other. Now, I'm just asking you to respect my judgment on this, to stand strong with me here, the same as we've always done for each other.

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Thorne: This can't happen, Dad. Ridge is not going to take over your company.

Eric: It's out of our hands now.

Thorne: That's not true. I can put a stop to this right now. Look, Ridge went ballistic because I want to use the Forrester name on my designs. Well, if it comes down between my label and your job, forget it. Spectra couture goes out as spectra couture, period.

Eric: No, no. I appreciate the offer --

Thorne: It's not an offer, Dad. It's the only solution that makes sense.

Eric: That's not true, Thorne. There are plenty of other options here, more constructive ways of solving this problem. The problem is, that ridge won't even consider them. Now, bottom line is, I've made a decision, and I'm sticking to it. You get to use your name on your designs. I'm not going to take that away from you.

Stephanie: We both want that for you. And we're not gonna let Ridge bully his way thought this.

Ridge: No one's trying to bully anyone. I'm not the enemy. All I'm asking is that you listen, really listen, to what I'm saying. Can you do that, please?

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Jackie: There you are!

Deacon: Hey, what are you doing here?

Jackie: I let myself in. I hope you don't mind.

Deacon: Are you kidding? I missed you. This is awesome.

Jackie: Where have you been?

Deacon: Ah, I've been in Nick's office.

Jackie: What?

Deacon: I just know how much it's been bothering you since he shut you out. I just thought maybe I could go over there and try and mend some fences for you.

Jackie: Deacon, you needn't have done that.

Deacon: I wanted to.

Jackie: So what did Nicky have to say?

Deacon: Well, he's still angry.

Jackie: Yeah. He's got every right to be, hasn't he really?

Deacon: He is gonna come around, okay? I promise. And you know, if you and I put our heads together, we can do anything. Just remember that.

Jackie: You make me believe that.

Deacon: Well, it's a fact.

Jackie: I love you, Deacon.

Deacon: I love you, too.

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Thorne: I think you've said enough.

Eric: It's all right, Thorne. Let's hear what Ridge has to say.

Ridge: I realize I'm the least popular person in this room right now. But I assure you, everything I've said in this room was out of love for this family. I don't really want to ostracize anyone. In fact, I'd like to bring us all closer together. I wanna say that you've all brought so much to my life, you've brought so much to this company. I respect you, Mother, for teaching me to stand up to what I always believed in. Even if it wasn't the most popular thing in the world. I'm proud of you, Thorne, for pulling yourself up by your bootstraps, and really making something of spectra. That's one hell of an accomplishment.

Darla: Yes, it is.

Ridge: Of course, I still wish you were working at Forrester, but I understand your need to strike out on your own, and I say to you because of that, more power to you. To you, dad, what can I say? You're the reason I became a designer. You are the reason I wanted to succeed. Whenever I had a new design, you were the first one I wanted to share it with. I am so proud to be your son, and I'm proud to be a Forrester. When I see "Forrester Creations" on our building every morning, I realize it's more than just a family name. It's a compilation of everyone's hard work, from dad right on down to the cutting room floor. And it's not fair to them, those people on the cutting room floor, to let Spectra -- who's profited off of us for years -- also profit off our company's name. You think employee morale's bad, just wait until they hear about this. I know, I know -- Spectra's reinventing itself. But that's a very long, arduous process, Thorne, and you can't just use our trademark to magically transform your brand. You can't do that. You can sign "Thorne Forrester" on your checks, you can sign it to your press releases, but you can't sign it on your designs. You haven't earned that. Like I said, I want to succeed for you. I also want this company to succeed, Dad, for you.

Eric: I know you do, Ridge. I know that. But letting Thorne use his own name is not going to make or break Forrester.

Stephanie: Our customer base knows exactly who we are, honey.

Eric: My decision stands. Thorne is authorized to use the Forrester trademark.

Ridge: Fine. Maybe you and mother don't understand, but thank god Brooke does. I really hate to do this, but I don't feel I have any choice. Megan, would you come in here, please? And bring a pen and pad.

Megan: What's going on?

Ridge: I'm calling for a vote -- to instate Ridge Forrester, as CEO of Forrester Creations.

Eric: Megan, take the roll, please?

Megan: Stephanie Forrester.

Stephanie: Nay.

Megan: Thorne Forrester.

Thorne: Nay.

Megan: Eric Forrester?

Eric: Nay.

Megan: Ridge Forrester.

Ridge: Aye.

Megan: And Brooke Forrester.

Brooke: Nay.

Ridge: What?

Brooke: I'm sorry, Ridge. Eric shouldn't have to leave. Not over this.

Ridge: Brooke, I explained to you --

Brooke: I know. But he's only looking out his family. Something I hope you would do for our children. I can't fault him for that.

Ridge: Our company is at stake here, Brooke.

Brooke: And I agree that letting spectra use Forrester's name is a mistake. But forcing Eric out of this office -- that's an even bigger one. Ridge, we need peace. Not more divisiveness.

Darla: You are so right, Brooke.

Eric: Thank you, Brooke.  

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