The Bold and The Beautiful Transcript Wednesday 9/12/07
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Ashley: I heard you were working from home today, so I thought I would take a chance.
Eric: Well, it's perfect timing. Actually, I was way overdue for a break. Can I get you something? There's coffee, tea.
Ashley: Oh, no. I-I'm good. I'm good. Thorne was in really early today.
Eric: Yeah, sort of throwing himself into his work-- a good way to get over a disappointment.
Ashley: Yeah, I've done that enough in my life.
Eric: Yeah, we all have. Thank you very much for coming to Thorne's wedding, such as it was.
Ashley: Oh, of course.
Eric: I mean, I-in spite of the fact that Ridge wasn't there.
Ashley: Well, Ridge said he needed some time with Brooke and the kids.
Eric: I'm sure he was being straight with you.
Ashley: Yeah. Oh, I have no doubt about that. And if Stephanie were here, she'd say that I was just, um, worrying for nothing. But then she's a little biased, isn't she?
Eric: (Laughs) whatever gives you that idea? Come, sit down.
Eric: (Shuffling papers)
Ashley: Um, I would really love to hear your perspective on the whole Ridge/Brooke thing if you don't mind sharing. Do you mind sharing?
Eric: No. The fact is, though, that Stephanie and I do not see eye to eye about that relationship. As much as Stephanie would hate to admit it, Ridge and Brooke are still in love with one another.
Ridge: All right, let's start first with his, uh, list of contacts.
Ed: Sure. Then we'll sear the archives-- text messages, recent calls. We'll compare the names and numbers on his phone with the, uh, list of people who had access to Brooke.
Ridge: Damn! It's locked.
Ed: (Sighs) lawyers-- they're into security, aren't they?
Ridge: Do you have any fancy way to hack into one of these?
Ed: I put in a call on my way over to Johnson's law firm, got the name of his secretary. She probably knows the password to his phone.
Ridge: Call her. Whoever set Brooke up is still out there somewhere. I'm not gonna rest and neither is Brooke until we find that creep and make him accountable. (Doorbell rings)
Brooke: Felicia? (Alarm beeps)
Felicia: Is my mother here?
Brooke: Uh, Stephanie? No. Why?
Felicia: Oh, I was afraid she might be.
Felicia: That she might have come over here to lay into you again.
Ashley: Well, I-I guess we've all been in love with those people that we can't quite get out of our hearts, right? I mean, that kind of connection is rare. And whatever this thing is with Ridge and Brooke, I mean, um, he's made it clear to me that he wants some kind of a future with me. And I'm sure he believes that, too, at least when we're together. (Laughs)
Eric: Ashley, my son is trustworthy. He's not-- he's not taking you on some sort of a ride.
Eric: I'm sure he's fallen for you.
Ashley: Maybe he's fallen for me, but has he fallen out of love with Brooke?
Eric: I like you, Ashley. I-I respect you. I want to be candid with you.
Ashley: Please be candid. It's okay.
Eric: (Laughs) for many, many years now, Stephanie has tried everything she can possibly do to keep the two apart, and she's been un--unsuccessful. I believe those two are destined for each other.
Ed: (Sighs) Miss Simpson, this is Mr. Forrester, the man I told you about when we spoke.
Ridge: Miss Simpson.
Miss Simpson: Hi.
Ridge: Thank you for coming.
Miss Simpson: No offense, but I just stopped by to get Mr. Johnson's phone so I could put it in the box with the rest of his things. The partners are putting together a memorial service, so I--
Ed: Miss Simpson, I realize that this is a very difficult time.
Miss Simpson: It was horrible the way he died.
Ed: Mr. Forrester was there when the accident took place.
Miss Simpson: Oh, my God. On the roof? So you-- you saw when he--
Ridge: Yeah. And it's not an image I'll easily forget.
Miss Simpson: He was electrocuted here, right? On top of this building?
Miss Simpson: (Sighs) he used to come here after work sometimes. I can see why. Café Russe-- good place to meet women. Uh, I don't know why I just said that.
Ed: I take it your boss was single?
Miss Simpson: Uh, divorced.
Ed: Any family?
Miss Simpson: No one he ever talked about. One of the partners is looking into it in case anyone needs to be notified. So what it said in the paper about how he died, was that all there was? I mean, is that the real reason you wanted to see me?
Ridge: We're trying to find out as much as we can about Andy Johnson. You were his personal secretary, right?
Miss Simpson: Correct.
Ed: Nice guy to work for?
Miss Simpson: He was well-liked.
Ed: By you?
Miss Simpson: What do you mean?
Ed: Oh. Did you like Andy as a person? Did you enjoy working for him?
Miss Simpson: I--he-- look, if I tell you this, I don't want it to come back to me.
Ridge: Miss Simpson, whatever you tell us will stay here. I give you my word on that.
Miss Simpson: Andy Johnson was a pig. I couldn't stand him. Always making lewd remarks about the way I dress and how I walk. It was disgusting. I never complained because I didn't want to make waves. It was a really good job, otherwise. But I... well, I turned down the overtime because I didn't want to work alone with him at night. I was afraid what he might do.
Ed: So you were playing it safe?
Miss Simpson: (Scoffs) put it this way. I got passed up for a promotion twice because I absolutely refused to work late. I won't say that I'm glad he's dead, but it will be a relief not to have to see his face anymore.
Ridge: I'm, uh, sorry for what he, uh-- what he put you through, Miss Simpson.
Miss Simpson: Eileen. And thank you.
Ridge: Andy's gone, but he, uh, victimized a very close friend of mine.
Eileen: (Sighs) when you say "victimized"... (sighs) was it a woman?
Ridge: Someone helped him get to her. They, uh, fed him information that made her very vulnerable.
Ed: We believe that person, his accomplice, might be listed in Andy's cell phone. But it's locked, and we don't have a password. We thought you might know it.
Ridge: Unfortunately, uh, we can't bring Andy to justice the way I'd like to, but whoever helped him is still out there. They obviously don't have any scruples or any conscience at all. Will you help me find out who that is before someone else gets hurt? (Cell phone beeping)
Brooke: You're here to protect me from your mother?
Felicia: Evidently, it's not necessary since she's not here.
Brooke: Why did you think she would be?
Felicia: A hunch.
Brooke: You've never jumped to my defense before. How come?
Felicia: I know that she's been very hard on you.
Brooke: Getting my kids taken away from me. Yeah, I guess you could say that.
Felicia: She shouldn't have done that, Brooke.
Brooke: Thanks for your support, but it's too little, too late.
Felicia: But you have them back now.
Brooke: Yes, I do-- because of Ridge. He's really come through for me.
Felicia: Always your knight in shining armor, huh?
Brooke: I suppose you feel the same way Stephanie does-- that he should be with Ashley.
Felicia: Would it surprise you to know I don't spend many waking hours worrying about my brother's love life?
Brooke: Contrary to your mother, who regards that as her first priority. I really wish that Ridge wasn't her son.
Felicia: (Scoffs) careful. Your claws are showing.
Brooke: All I want from your mother is just to leave me alone.
Felicia: What are the chances of that happening?
Brooke: You could ask her to back off.
Felicia: Are you and Katie working on this together?
Brooke: Now you've lost me.
Felicia: No, I just came from seeing your sister. She asked me the same thing.
Brooke: Katie came to see you?
Felicia: No, no, no. She was at my mother's house, only my mother wasn't there, which is why I thought she might be here.
Brooke: (Sighs) none of this is making any sense.
Felicia: Katie asked for my help in ending this war between our families.
Brooke: She's more of a dreamer than I thought.
Felicia: Mm, I think I might know a way.
Brooke: (Sighs) tell me.
Felicia: Ridge want his life to move in a different direction, Brooke.
Brooke: Really? Did he tell you that?
Felicia: When he came back from Sydney, when you walked away from him...
Brooke: Look, I know I made a terrible mistake. I hurt him. He was devastated.
Felicia: No, what I was gonna say is he was free. Hurt, yes. But free to get on with it. Free of this roller-coaster life you've had together.
Brooke: So you're saying you think Ridge would be happier without me?
Felicia: I think he would be, yes. And truthfully, I think you would be, too. Being apart, I think, would be the best thing for both of you. ..
Ashley: Well, thanks a lot, Eric. I think I'm glad I had this talk with you. Oh, it gives me a better sense of where things are, I guess.
Eric: Good. Look, I'm sorry. I think you're wonderful. And I only want what's best for you, you know?
Ashley: Mm, and the truth is always the best, right?
Eric: I think so, yeah. Look, I may be wrong. My wife seems to think that I usually am. But this, um, this custody thing has taken a huge toll on Brooke.
Ashley: Well, Ridge has already brought the kids back to live with Brooke, so I'm sure it's just a formality...
Eric: No, no.
Ashley: For the court to make it official.
Eric: No. I think it's more than that. I think that something is still very, very off with Brooke. And Ridge wouldn't be Ridge if he didn't want to help her with whatever that thing is, and maybe... maybe he's just helping her as a concerned friend or as the father of her children.
Ashley: Or maybe not.
Eileen: That was his accountant. His favorite travel agent. One of the partners at home.
Ed: What about these two?
Eileen: No. I don't recognize those numbers.
Ed: You sure?
Ridge: Well, at least that narrows it down by quite a bit.
Eileen: So is there anything else you'd like me to look at?
Ed: Well, I believe, uh, we've been through the archived calls, address book, text messages in an out. No e-mail or Internet. Um, yeah. I believe that's it.
Ridge: Miss Simpson-- Eileen, thank you very much.
Eileen: I just hope you find whoever helped Andy. Makes me sick to even think about it.
Ed: Thank you.
Eileen: Thank you. Good-bye.
Ed: (Sighs) okay. We can start, uh, cross-checking the names and numbers we haven't ruled out already.
Ridge: Yeah, okay. Let's get to it.
Brooke: So you want Ridge out of my life because it would be best for me?
Felicia: I think it would be best for both of you.
Brooke: Did your mother send you here?
Brooke: Well, she certainly has brainwashed you.
Felicia: So what, you're telling me you have no desire to move on with your life, start over?
Brooke: No. No, I really don't. I mean, that's the last thing that I want to even think about.
Felicia: What's wrong?
Felicia: No, there is. Come on, look at you.
Brooke: Don't! Please.
Felicia: Something is going on. Can we at least just discuss it?
Brooke: No. No, I don't want to discuss it, Felicia. I wish you would just leave.
Felicia: Well, that's one wish that isn't gonna come true. Look at you. You're a wreck. I just mention moving on with your life, and you turn to jelly.
Brooke: I can't believe your gall. You come here to Ridge's home where he invited me and the children to stay, and you say that if I back away from him then maybe this war between our two families will end. I mean, is that the gist of what I'm hearing?
Felicia: I just don't understand why you're clinging to the past!
Brooke: Of course you don't! Because you want Ridge to move ahead to the future with Ashley! My God, don't even count on that happening.
Felicia: Brooke, it's not-- it's really-- it's not about Ashley. Ridge has spent most of his life with you, and you just can't seem able to be able to make it work!
Brooke: Yes, I know. And there's one person that I blame for that.
Felicia: My mother's been very difficult. I know that.
Brooke: She's been horrible. She really pushed through this whole custody thing, using Ridge to get to my children so that she can raise them herself and turn them into little Stephanies, God forbid. Well, her little plan backfired because of what happened to me.
Felicia: See, what do you mean? What happened to you?
Brooke: Nothing. Nothing. Forget--forget I just said that.
Felicia: No, come on. It's not nothing. Something's going on with you because everybody's noticed it.
Brooke: No, that's not true.
Felicia: No, it is true. For God's sake, what's wrong with you?
Brooke: I was raped! Okay?! There, I've said it. Are you satisfied?
Eric: Ashley, I'm not trying to discourage your feelings for ridge.
Ashley: But forewarned is forearmed, isn't that what they say?
Eric: Yeah, whoever they are, yeah.
Ashley: I'm a fighter.
Ashley: And I don't fall easily.
Eric: But Ridge has won your heart, hasn't he?
Ashley: Yeah. He has.
Eric: How come you're telling me this?
Ashley: I don't know. I guess I'm wondering if you're gonna tell me that it's hopeless. That it could never happen.
Eric: No, n-never is a very, very, very long time.
Ashley: So you see, it's not impossible, right?
Eric: No, it's not, because in all my years, I have learned that in matters of the heart nothing is impossible.
Eric: All right.
Ashley: So how come I sense that you're not exactly my ally?
Eric: (Clears throat) I don't think you need me on your side. I think you have Stephanie in your camp.
Ashley: That's true. Come to think of it, I don't really need anybody in my camp.
Eric: Look, I want my son to be happy. And for years and years, Ridge and Brooke have tried time and time and time again to keep it together. Look, it's not impossible. Maybe the time has come for him to move on.
Felicia: Oh, good lord. Brooke, is that--
Brooke: Yes, it's true. I wouldn't make it up.
Felicia: No, no, no, no. I was gonna say is that why Ridge has been...
Brooke: Why Ridge has been spending time with me? Why he invited me and the kids here to stay with him? He knows what happened. I told him. Him and Bridget. I didn't even tell my sisters. I probably shouldn't have told you.
Felicia: No, no, no. You can count on me. I mean, I-I won't tell anyone.
Brooke: Promise me, please.
Felicia: Done. I mean, you--you did tell the police, though?
Brooke: No. No, I couldn't. And Ridge is helping me.
Felicia: Brooke, come on. If there's some rapist loose out there--
Brooke: No, he's not loose. The rapist is dead. I'm sure you read about it. He got electrocuted on the roof of Café Russe.
Felicia: That guy? Wasn't he a lawyer or something?
Brooke: He was just a very evil, sick, violent person.
Felicia: (Sighs) I'm sorry. This is awful. It's really, really awful.
Brooke: I still don't understand how it happened. And who helped him.
Felicia: Somebody helped the guy? How?
Brooke: He knew everything about me. He knew about my kids. He knew that I lost custody. And he knew that I wouldn't say anything because I was going to trial to get my kids back the next morning. He knew where the key was to get in the front door. I mean, he knew everything. How could he know these things?
Felicia: Somebody must have told him.
Brooke: Yes. And Ridge is out there looking for that person right now, and when he finds him, I am telling you, I wouldn't want to be that person.
Felicia: (Sighs) Brooke, how could somebody know all this stuff about you?
Brooke: I don't know. That's the scary thing. I mean, it could be anybody. It could be a workman that's been on the estate. It could be one of the gardening crew. But this person knows so much about my life. How am I ever going to feel secure? How?
Felicia: My brother will find him. I know Ridge. There's no way he'll give up.
Ridge: Not on the list.
Ed: (Sighs) 310-555-0117.
Ridge: Read that again.
Ridge: Let me see that. You must have misread a digit or...
Ed: Right there. Received calls, no name just a number.
Ed: You recognize it?
Ridge: It's my mother's phone number.
Ridge: I don't understand. It... why would she be calling this man?
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