B&B Transcript Tuesday 6/7/05

The Bold and The Beautiful Transcript Tuesday 6/7/05

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Nick: Stephanie, my relationship with Bridget and Brooke is my business. Not yours, not my mother's -- mine.

Stephanie: When it affects my family, it becomes my business.

Nick: Well, I don't see it that way.

Stephanie: Nick, I don't want to fight with you.

Nick: Just a friendly warning.

Stephanie: You and Brooke are very good friends. Some people might say too good.

[ Nick scoffs ]

Nick: I think I'd best leave.

Stephanie: Nick, Brooke is very fortunate to have you. You've been her biggest supporter, and that's wonderful, because she's going to need you now more than ever.

Nick: Now? Because Ridge is gonna leave Brooke for Taylor.

Stephanie: You see it coming, too, don't you?

Nick: No, actually, I don't see things the way you do, Stephanie. I really don't see how any man could actually leave Brooke.

Stephanie: Is that why you went to Ridge to plead her case?

Nick: I went to him so he'd make the right decision and think clearly, without anyone running interference.

Stephanie: He's going back to Taylor no matter what I say, no matter what anyone says, and I just want to minimize the pain for everyone.

Nick: Oh, I see. So in actuality here, you're looking out for Brooke's best interests. Is that what I hear you saying? Is that what you're doing?

Stephanie: Yes. Why aren't you looking out for her best interests, and the best interests for her children? If you really want to help her, Nick, don't encourage her to stay in this marriage.

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Taylor: Your ability to forgive is inspiring, Bridget, but you know, most daughters in your position would have severed all ties.

Brooke: Bridget isn't like most daughters.

Taylor: I can see that. I can see that clearly.

[ Taylor sighs ] You have grown into an extraordinary young woman.

Bridget: Despite my mom, you mean?

Taylor: It's not my place to judge the environment in which you've raised your children. It's not. But when it comes to my children, however, that is going to be a different story.

Bridget: Taylor, mom's done a wonderful job with Thomas and the girls.

Taylor: And I appreciate everything she's done, but --

[ Taylor sighs ] Since phoebe and Steffy are at an impressionable age, and they're going to be needing to take their sexual cues --

Brooke: Where are you going with this?

Taylor: Frankly, Brooke, I am not comfortable with you being around my children.

Brooke: How dare you say that?

Taylor: They're at an impressionable age. They need to be around adults who can model healthy behavior for them.

Brooke: What do you think I'm going to do to them exactly, Taylor? I love those girls like they're my own.

Taylor: You have a long history of hurting the people you love, Brooke. It's a very disturbing pattern -- a pattern I thought you had changed, but nothing's changed. You put your own feelings ahead of all else, including your children.

Bridget: But that is not true.

Taylor: Okay, listen, I am glad the two of you have worked out all of your issues -- I am, but no child should have to go through that in the first place. And you are not going to do it to my children.

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[ Cameras flashing ]

Eric: Beautiful, aren't they?

Jackie: The gowns, or the models?

Eric: Both, of course.

Jackie: Yes, they are. But I've got the feeling that you wanted to talk to me about something other than business.

Eric: Thank you, ladies. That's all for now.

Jackie: So I was right. What's on your mind?

Eric: You're a perceptive woman, Jackie. If only you weren't an interfering one as well. I could respect you so much more.

Jackie: Oh, Bridget. Bridget's told you my concerns about the wedding?

Eric: Mm-hmm. The question is, why did you share them with her?

Jackie: Well, for her own good.

Eric: That's not up to you to decide.

Jackie: Eric, I think that you have got the wrong impression here. I'm not trying to hurt Bridget. I like her. I think she's --

Eric: It doesn't matter what you think of Bridget, or the engagement. The only opinions that matter here are Nick's and Bridget's. That the two of them have decided that they're going to live the rest of their lives together, you have to respect that, not insist that Nick would be better off with Brooke! You're totally out of line here.

Jackie: No, no, no, no, no.

Eric: I'm serious, Jackie. Stay out of it. Stay out of it.

Eric: Because of my daughter, a lot of stress at a time that should be the happiest time in her life.

Jackie: That is nothing compared to the stress she could build down the line if she marries my son now.

Eric: So you're doubting your son's devotion to my daughter?

Jackie: Nicky loves Bridget.

Eric: That's all that should matter, Jackie.

Jackie: There are many different kinds of love, Eric. We both now that. Yes, Nicky cares for Bridget, but what he shared with Brooke, what he still shares with Brooke, that is a once in a lifetime kind of love, and that doesn't just go away. Nick buried his feelings because he had to. But they're still there. Every time he looks at Brooke, plays with her kids, I just see it in his eyes.

Eric: It's called friendship, Jackie.

Jackie: The foundation of something much, much deeper. Eric, a mother knows these things. I know my son. That is why I'm trying so hard to protect Bridget from being --

Eric: Look, Bridget is a grown woman, all right? She's an astute young woman. She doesn't need your kind of protection.

Jackie: Doesn't she? If Ridge does reunite with Taylor, then Brooke is going to become available again.

Eric: And so your son is just going to abandon my daughter? That's absurd.

Jackie: Don't underestimate Brooke and Nnick's history.

Eric: Well, that's exactly what it is, Jackie -- it's history. Brooke had the opportunity to be with Nick, and she wasn't interested.

Jackie: Yeah, you're right. But that's because she was clinging to that absurd notion that Ridge is her destiny.

Eric: Just like you're clinging to the absurd notion that Brooke is your son's destiny.

Jackie: Yeah, we'll see, won't we? Because once Ridge is out of the picture --

Eric: Jackie, Jackie -- Nick has moved on, even if you haven't. Nick is committed to my daughter.

Jackie: Nick committed to Bridget because he thought that Brooke was lost to him.

Eric: My daughter assures me that Nick is over Brooke.

Jackie: Tell me something, Eric. Does any man who's been in love with Brooke really ever gotten over her?

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Brooke: I would never hurt those children.

Taylor: Maybe not intentionally.

Brooke: Not ever. I've done everything for them, Taylor -- taken them to their tennis matches and their lacrosse matches, helped them with homework, taken care of them while they've been sick -- everything that a good mother should do.

Bridget: Mom really has been there for them.

Brooke: Your children even thanked me for being a mother to them. That should tell you something.

Taylor: Phoebe and Steffy have told me that they love you and they think you're cool and all of that, but moms can't always be cool. Mom has to be a proper example.

Brooke: And you don't think I'm capable of that?

Taylor: Look, it's well-documented in mental health research, and even in my practice when I've treated children, that children look at everything going on around them, and then they incorporate it into their own life. They're aware of far more than we even realize.

Brooke: There is not one shred of evidence that I've been a bad influence on Thomas or the girls. In fact, if anything, I've been too protective. But this isn't about the kids, is it, Taylor?

Taylor: I don't know what else it would be about.

Brooke: It's about weeding me out of Ridge's life. So you've jumped on Stephanie's bandwagon. But you know what? That doesn't really surprise me, because when it came to me, you always put your little nose up in the air. Yes, I have made mistakes. But I am not going to answer to you. And I refuse to listen to you on your soapbox, accusing me of being hurtful to your children, when all I've done is be there by their side for every little crisis. Thomas and the girls love me. You admitted that yourself. Now, if you could just put our issues aside for a moment, maybe you could see that. I would never do anything to hurt those children, ever.

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Nick: Ridge and those children mean everything to Brooke. For god's sake, she has fought heaven and earth to have a life with your son.

Stephanie: It wasn't meant to be. When you see Ridge with Taylor, you'll understand. In the end, someone has to leave the house.

Nick: Well, that ball's in your son's court.

Stephanie: It could be Brooke's decision.

Nick: Her decision to leave him?

Stephanie: It would be the best thing that she could do for herself.

[ Nick scoffs ]

Nick: Please.

Stephanie: I know my son. I know what he's got to do and what he's going to do and Brooke has just got to face it. You know, she has it within herself to walk out of here with dignity. I know she does, because I've seen her make the tough decisions when it comes to business.

Nick: Well, then you know she's the type of woman that's not gonna give up very easily.

Stephanie: This could be her shining moment, honey. Doing what's best for her children, keeping everything and everyone on good terms. And you could be a real friend here, Nick, getting her to understand what's really happening, getting her to accept the idea that she needs to walk out of Ridge's life with her head held high.

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Eric: Jackie, even if Nick were still harboring feelings for Brooke, which he's not, obviously, because he's committed to marrying my daughter, do you honestly think that Brooke would swoop in and steal the man my daughter loves?

Jackie: Brooke's a woman who follows her heart.

Eric: Well, her heart lies with her children first and foremost. She would never crush her daughter like that. The fact is Brooke is thrilled for both of them.

Jackie: Yes. A little too thrilled, don't you think? I mean, considering that this is a man that she was seconds away from marrying.

Eric: Well, she didn't! Because Brooke -- Brooke didn't love Nick that way.

Jackie: Or is it because she loves him too much, because she's afraid to give her heart to anybody that isn't Ridge? Eric, she doesn't have Ridge is that security blanket anymore.

Eric: My god, Jackie, I can't believe you're promoting this!

Jackie: You don't think that there is any possibility --

Eric: Jackie, leave it alone! Just stop it. Nick and Bridget love each other, all right? They're committed to one another. And when things settle down in this family, we're gonna give them a wonderful wedding, and we're all gonna celebrate their happiness together. I don't want to hear from Bridget that you're interfering in her life anymore. Do you understand?

Jackie: Yes, I do. In fact, I think that I am the only one --

Eric: Jackie, this is -- this is for your own good. You've got to stop. You can't interfere in your children's lives. If you do, it will come back, and it will haunt you. I swear, I've seen it happen time and time again with Stephanie. My god. Why can't the two of you just trust your children to live their own lives?

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Nick: We disagree on one key point.

Stephanie: What's that?

Nick: I don't think he's gonna choose Taylor.

Stephanie: Then you're not as smart as I gave you credit for.

Nick: How about this? I've got a couple initials for you -- R.J. That's his namesake. I don't think he's gonna walk away from that boy.

Stephanie: Of course he isnít. He'll be a wonderful father to that baby.

Nick: And don't forget about how happy Brooke has made your son. I really don't think you want to see that.

Stephanie: She's a pretty special person.

Nick: Well, so is Brooke. Damn it. I told you I didn't want to get dragged into this. I don't want to be in the middle of this. I told you. You know what this feels like to me? Like it's some type of a competition, and it isn't.

Stephanie: You're right. It isn't. In my book, there's absolutely no competition. I think you could see that if you had the chance to meet Taylor. You'd understand exactly what it is I'm trying to tell you.

[ Nick sighs ]

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Taylor: I am grateful to both of you for helping my family while I was gone.

Bridget: It's mom's family, too, Taylor.

Taylor: Look, I'm not trying to belittle how much you mean to my children.

Brooke: But?

Taylor: But I'm home now, and I want to raise my children in a healthy environment. I came back home, giving you the benefit of the doubt, and then I find out about Nick, and I find out about Deacon.

Brooke: With Stephanie's biased perspective.

[ Taylor sighs ]

Taylor: I don't care what the circumstance were. We all make mistakes. Some of us learn from them, some of us don't.

Brooke: Like me? What a convenient assumption.

Taylor: You're caught in a vicious cycle. It's a cycle I don't want my children to fall into. Now Bridget's turned out fine. But you know, from my professional experience, I have to wonder if she does suffer from some kind of confusion from time to time. She must.

Brooke: Stop dragging my daughter into this.

Taylor: I'm not trying -- I'm trying to --

[ Phone rings ] Hello?

Stephanie: Hello, Taylor. I was wondering if you're busy.

Taylor: Uh, sort of, Stephanie.

Stephanie: Well, I have someone I'd like you to meet.

Taylor: Oh. Okay, that sounds good. I'll be right over. Bye.

Brooke: What did Stephanie want?

Taylor: Listen, I was trying to tell you that I'm not trying to condemn anyone.

Brooke: Could have fooled me.

Taylor: Why don't you try to see this from my perspective? I come home to the man that I'm still legally married to, and I'm forced to sleep in another room. I am really trying to be patient, but frankly, my patience is running out. Brooke, this is my home. Ridge is my husband. And it really is time for us to come to an understanding to work this out as peacefully as we possibly can.

Brooke: As long as you stay and I go, is that it?

Taylor: Let's just say you've definitely overstayed your welcome.

Brooke: She drives me crazy.

Bridget: Taylor was being rather sanctimonious.

Brooke: Well, it's easy to be miss little perfect when you've been in a coma for a few years. You can't really make a lot of mistakes in a coma.

Bridget: Mother, don't let her get to you like this.

Brooke: I wasn't. I was trying not to. But it's kind of hard when she's questioning my parenting skills.

Bridget: You have been nothing but a loving and caring mother to those children.

Brooke: Yes. And she acknowledged that until --

Bridget: Until what?

Brooke: Stephanie.

[ Bridget sighs ]

Brooke: We were getting along and handling everything civilly, putting our children's needs before our own, until Stephanie jumped in and stirred up the pot like she always has. And she's probably doing it right now.

Bridget: And you're going to persevere, like you always do.

Brooke: Oh, honey, I just hate fighting so much. I fought all my life to be with Ridge, and I fought for Stephanie's respect, and I thought I had it, and now I realize I don't. She hates me, and she always will. She wants me out of her family for good -- a family that I love so much.

Bridget: If Stephanie can't see the goodness in you, then it's her loss. Oh, mom, come here.

Brooke: Honey, it's times like this when you realize who your real friends are. Thank you for being there for me. I really need you.

Bridget: I am here. Me and Nick, we're gonna get you through this.

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Nick: You know, Stephanie, it's not just you. Even Bridget. Everybody who talks about this woman, they talk about her as though she's some sort of a saint.

Stephanie: That should tell you something.

Nick: Yeah. Well, I never cared much for saints.

[ Stephanie laughs ]

Stephanie: Well, that would explain your attraction for Brooke.

Nick: Let's talk about Brooke, shall we? It's just me and you here, Stephanie. Now, you say you want me to protect her. But all you really want is for your son to be with Taylor. You really don't care what happens to Brooke, do you?

Stephanie: But you do. You care about Brooke, and you care about her children. And I know that you do not want those babies to go through what Bridget and Rick did for years. All of her self-worth is tied up in being Mrs. Ridge Forrester. That's not healthy, Nick.

[ Door opens ]

Stephanie: Taylor! I'm so happy that you're here.

Taylor: Hi. What's going on?

Stephanie: I have someone here to meet. Nick -- Nick Marone, this is Taylor.

Taylor: Nick?

Nick: Yeah. Nick.

Taylor: Wow. So you're Ridge's brother?

Nick: Sort of.

Stephanie: He and Brooke are also very, very good friends. That's why I've asked him to help.

Taylor: Help with what?

Stephanie: To encourage Brooke to step aside gracefully so that you can be back with your family.

Taylor: Really?

Stephanie: Taylor just wants to be back in her home with her husband and her family, where she belongs. I think that's what's going to happen. And I want him to talk to Brooke, to tell her what she needs to hear, not what she wants to hear. I really do want to minimize the heartache she's going to go through. And I want Taylor to have to opportunity to get on with her life. Please, Nick, talk to her.

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