The Bold and The Beautiful Transcript Tuesday 12/18/07
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Brooke: The man who shot Stephanie was wearing the same ring as Dad's. Storm has a ring, too. How could I forget that? He and Dad both played water polo for Van Nuys High School. Oh, God, no. It--it has to be a coincidence.
Storm: Yeah, we, I'm not perfect. If I were, Dad wouldn't be in jail, right? Somebody's playing you, detectives, and you can't even see it. My dad's in jail. I can't get him out. I just feel like it's my fault.
Brooke: No. He was trying to clear dad's name.
Storm: I never thought I'd be able to forgive Dad for that, but I don't know. Being angry with him just wasn't the answer. It didn't solve anything.
Brooke: Could you hate our father that much? Could you have shot Stephanie and set our Dad up?
Stephanie: What the hell am I doing this for? I just...
Eric: This should go right here like this, huh?
Donna: Well, it could be worse.
Eric: Yeah? Oh, yeah. I think it's-- I think it's very, very festive. Come on. It's pretty.
Donna: Well, my family never had a lot to work with at Christmas. You know, all we needed was tinfoil, a big batch of popcorn and a ball of string. (Laughs)
Eric: There you go. That sounds wonderful.
Donna: Yeah, it was. You know, Storm would always borrow buddy's truck. We'd all cram in and drive up to the mountains and cut down our own tree.
Eric: He took good care of your family, didn't he?
Donna: Yeah. He always wanted everything to be perfect for us...
Donna: Especially the holidays you know, we'd go out, and we'd see families standing in line for Santa and moms and dads buying presents for their kids. He never wanted us to think about Dad. ("Jingle bells" playing)
Eric: It's funny. Christmas was the only time, the only time, our family thought about each other. We would, uh, put all our differences aside, you know?
Donna: Have you talked about what you're gonna do this year?
Eric: Oh, I think everybody will just go over to the house, you know?
Donna: How do you feel about that?
Eric: I think it's just what Stephanie needs.
("Jingle Bells" continues playing)
Donna: Well, sounds to me that she's not the only one who could use a big dose of Christmas cheer.
Donna: You stay right there. Don't move. I'll be right back.
Eric: I'm not moving.
Eric: I'm not gonna move.
Donna: I'll be right back.
Eric: I'm gonna stay right here.
(Knock on door)
Ridge: Hey, Dad.
Eric: Ridge, hi.
Ridge: We need to talk about Mother.
Eric: She's, uh, she's pretty down, I know.
Ridge: You know the tree was delivered tonight?
Eric: Yeah, I know. She told me.
Ridge: I offered to help her decorate it, and she said no.
Eric: No, no, no. She wants to do it all by herself. I know.
Ridge: She just got out of surgery. She doesn't need to be going up ladders and lugging boxes and stuff.
Eric: No, no, she didn't. No, I'll talk to her.
Ridge: I had a feeling she wanted to start tonight.
Eric: Now? All right. Look, I'll go over there.
(Cell phone rings)
Eric: I'll go over there. Donna's in the other room. Tell her--tell her that's where I am, all right?
Ridge: Okay. It's Felicia. She's worried about Mother, too.
Eric: All right.
Ridge: I'll explain to Donna.
Ridge: Hey, sis. Yeah, I know.
Brooke: There has to be another explanation. (Sighs) oh! Hi, Ridge.
Katie: No, uh, it's me. What's going on?
Brooke: Oh, Katie. I thought you were upstairs in bed.
Katie: I told you, I had to go back to the office and do some work.
Brooke: Well, I-I just assumed that you came home when I was out.
Katie: Where did you go?
Brooke: To the police station.
Katie: You went to go see Dad?
Brooke: No, to see Lt. Baker, but he wasn't there. His son Charlie was, and he gave me this photo that the police took of dad's hand.
Katie: Why would you want this?
Brooke: To compare it to the still that Jake gave you from the video of Stephanie's shooting.
Katie: Look, I know everyone in this family is convinced that Dad didn't do this, but this is his ring.
Brooke: And what if somebody else has a ring like that?
Katie: Brooke, I'm tired. I'm gonna go to bed. I know you're determining that--
Brooke: Katie, I think I know who did this.
Brooke: Storm. I think our brother storm is the shooter.
Katie: (Sighs) (thunder crashing)
Donna: I made a list, and I checked it twice. You've been a naughty, naughty boy this year. It's lucky for you I think that's very nice. (Giggles)
Ridge: Well, ho-ho-ho.
Donna: (Laughs sheepishly)
Stephanie: Don't you have a key? I mean, after all, you're the one that changed the locks.
Eric: Well, I didn't want to startle you. You know, Ridge gave me the impression that you're gonna be teetering on a ladder someplace.
Stephanie: He called you?
Eric: He stopped by the hotel, told me that you planned on doing all this decorating all by yourself. (Sighs I don't think that's a very good idea given your condition, you know?
Stephanie: Nor do I.
Eric: Well, you're smarter than I thought. After our conversation earlier, I was concerned.
Stephanie: Actually, it was our conversation earlier that made me change my mind.
Eric: Why don't you call the kids to help you? Any number of them would help you out here.
Stephanie: That's not necessary, believe me.
Stephanie: Excuse me just a moment. Eric, why don't you fix yourself a drink. It might make you feel better.
Eric: Yes, it might. All right, maybe I'll have one if you--
Stephanie: Oh, fellas, great. Come right in. Thank you for coming on such short notice.
Man: Thank you, ma'am. This is a very generous gift.
Stephanie: Oh, you're more than welcome, believe me. I donated the tree...
Eric: What is going on?
Stephanie: To the homeless shelter.
Eric: You donated the tree to the homeless shelter?
Stephanie: Yes, it just seemed like an awful lot of effort this year...
Stephanie: Too much.
Eric: Well, if it's too much effort, then why don't you ask for some help? Don't give the tree away.
Stephanie: I didn't realize it was so important to you. Thank you, fellas, very much. I really appreciate it. Merry Christmas.
Man: You, too, ma'am.
Stephanie: Were you planning on spending Christmas here?
Eric: No. No, but it doesn't seem like Christmas without the tree. There's a big empty place in here. You're gonna disappoint the grandkids, you know?
Stephanie: Well, then it's a good thing I'm not having them over.
Eric: You gonna have Christmas somewhere else?
Stephanie: I'm not going to have Christmas anywhere. The family is perfectly capable of celebrating Christmas without me.
Brooke: Here, look at this. (Sighs)
Katie: What? It--it's Storm's yearbook.
Brooke: No, it's a picture of Storm at his championship water polo game. We went to cheer him on. Do you remember that?
Katie: Vaguely. I-
Brooke: Yeah, well, it turns out that Dad isn't the only one with a Van Nuys High School ring. Storm has one, too.
Katie: I've never seen him wear it.
Brooke: Well, that's because he wears it under his shirt on a chain around his neck. He showed it to me tonight.
Katie: On a chain?
Katie: Okay, he's embarrassed that he wears his high school ring on a chain around his neck. That doesn't prove anything.
Brooke: No, he's not embarrassed. It's a talisman. It's a symbol of dad's betrayal.
Katie: What are you talking about?
Brooke: Storm wrote Dad a letter saying to "Please come to the championship game." He thought it would be a great family reunion. And then Dad never showed up.
Katie: Well, that's not surprising.
Brooke: Yeah, well, Storm was really hurt by that. He thought that he and Dad had a deep connection, because they were goalies, they played for the same team-- Van Nuys High School. They were champions. And he thought if anything could bring Dad back into the family, it would be that game. And then Dad never showed up. So Storm was devastated. And he wears that ring around his neck to remind him of dad's betrayal.
Katie: : Obviously he got over ..
Brooke: I'm not so sure he has.
Katie: He's dad's lawyer.
Brooke: Katie, just look at the rings they're almost identical.
Katie: : We all hate Stephanie for what she did to you, for what she did to Donna, but storm would never take the law into his own hands.
Brooke: Well, maybe this really isn't about Stephanie. I mean, storm has taken care of us his whole life. He's protected us. And then all of a sudden Dad comes back, and he acts like, well, our-our Dad. I mean, storm didn't exactly welcome him with open arms.
Katie: So what? Neither did you. Neither did I. That doesn't make us guilty of attempted murder.
Brooke: I don't think he was trying to murder Stephanie. And I don't even think it was premeditated. But I think the opportunity arose... at the fashion show. He knew where my gun was. It was in the desk. And then he had access to dad's hotel room, so he planted the gun in dad's hotel room.
Katie: No, he didn't. I-he wouldn't. This is crazy. Not Storm. Come on.
Brooke: No, not if he were in his right mind. But Storm's been under a lot of stress lately. He just found out what happened to me, and then he watched Donna being humiliated by Stephanie. And then Dad showed up.
Katie: You think that Storm framed Dad, because he missed a water polo game in high school? (Scoffs)
Brooke: The only way to find out is to ask him.
Katie: No, no way. Brooke: Do you want me to go to the police?
Katie: Brooke, no.
Storm: Oh, God. Well, the power's still out.
Brooke: (Scoffs) Storm, what are you doing here?
Storm: I'm just, uh, checking up on my sisters. Everything ok?
Eric: Look, if you don't feel up to planning Christmas, eh, uh, talk to the kids. They'll pitch in.
Stephanie: Eric, it's not so much planning Christmas. It's just I don't want to spend the day pretending that I'm happy. It's--it's exhausting. You know, it's a madhouse from the moment the first person arrives till the last person leaves. And then it's a whole hour of good-byes, packing people up and getting them out the door, and then sure as hell as soon as I set down, one of them will call and say, "I left one of the grandkid's, you know, toys. They can't sleep without it. I-I'm on my way back. Eric, please. It's exhausting.
Eric: All right, look, I will talk to Felicia. We'll get her to play hostess, all right? And you can just relax and enjoy yourself.
Stephanie: I won't enjoy myself.
Eric: Well, you say that now, but come Christmas, you're gonna feel differently. You really will.
Stephanie: Will you be here? Will you have moved back in the house by then?
Eric: Don't do that. Don't do that. Don't you put this on me.
Stephanie: Why are you so upset because I want to spend Christmas alone?
Eric: Because I know it isn't what you really want. You love Christmas.
Stephanie: No, Eric, you love Christmas.
Donna: So your Dad went to go see your mom?
Ridge: (Inhales sharply) Yeah, well, Christmas is coming. Mother and Dad split. Holidays could be rough on her.
Donna: Yeah, well, it isn't exactly gonna be sugarplums and mistletoe for my family either.
Ridge: You really want to go there, Donna?
Donna: Ridge, I understand your mom is in a bad way, and you're concerned for her. I just wish you would show half as much concern for your father's happiness.
Storm: When I left, you said you were, uh, going to bed.
Brooke: I couldn't sleep.
Storm: So what-- you, uh, ran around outside?
Brooke: Well, the kids are at Thorne's, and Ridge is visiting his Mother. Sometimes I get nervous at home alone at night still. So...
Storm: Well, if you needed some company, I would have been glad to stick around or gone with you wherever you went.
Brooke: No, uh, Katie's here with me now. I'm fine.
Storm: (Laughs) You don't want to tell me where you went? Brooke: No.
Storm: You're lying.
Katie: Look, it's late. I-I'm sure everyone's exhausted. Why don't you go up to bed, and in the morning, everything will be clearer.
Storm: What were you guys, uh, talking about...
Storm: When I came in?
Katie: Nothing important, nothing that matters.
Brooke: I told Katie about your ring.
Katie: And as I said, it doesn't matter.
Storm: (Sighs) well, so what? You've never seen it. I've been wearing it around my neck on a chain for most of my life.
Katie: I've just never paid attention. And I don't see any reason why we should pay attention to it now. Let's just call it a night.
Storm: You guys gonna be okay?
Katie: Yeah, we'll be fine.
Storm: Good. Well, I'm just gonna grab my yearbook. I haven't seen this thing in forever.
Storm: Where'd you get this photo? What's it doing here?
Brooke: It's mine. I got it from Charlie Baker.
Eric: Christmas was always a wonderful time in this house. You cannot tell me that you didn't love it.
Stephanie: (Sighs) I loved you. And I would do anything to make you happy.
Eric: So you're telling me it was a big sacrifice on your part?
Stephanie: Don't put words in my mouth.
Eric: All right.
Stephanie: No, it was my gift to you and the children. And when I shared it with you, it meant something.
Eric: (Sighs) you can still share it. You can still share it with everybody, with all the kids, with everyone. Oh, don't start cleaning. Look, at least let me help.
Stephanie: No, I can do it. Thank you, but no thank you. And I-I tell you, I'm not going continue too things just because that's the way it's always been done.
Eric: It's a tradition.
Stephanie: It was our tradition.
Eric: Don't do that. I told you before do not make me the scrooge in this whole thing.
Stephanie: I'm not doing this to punish you or the children.
Eric: You're canceling Christmas.
Stephanie: You know, Eric... (laughs) if getting the family together is so important to you, why don't you take them all up to the cabin at Big Bear? Cook a turkey. Decorate the tree there. It'll be snowing. It'll be wonderful. I intend to spend the day by myself.
Eric: There's nothing I can do to talk you out of this?
Stephanie: Apparently not. Please leave now. It's getting late. I want to get the house cleaned before I go to bed. Eric.
Stephanie: Merry Christmas to you. I hope Santa brings you everything that you want this year.
Ridge: I've done my best to respect my father's choices.
Donna: But you disagree with them?
Ridge: Honestly, I don't think you can make him happy.
Donna: I already have.
Ridge: But will it last? Or will he look back one day and wonder what the hell happened to his life?
Storm: So you're concerned about the evidence that the police have against Dad?
Storm: Yeah, well, so am I. Dad's hand on the gun, the ring-- it's pretty damning. As far as the police are concerned, this is a picture of Dad shooting Stephanie.
Brooke: But we know it's not, Storm. Well, I'm just glad I don't have to prove that he didn't do it.
Katie: I thought you wanted to prove his innocence.
Brooke: You seemed pretty confident at the police station.
Storm: Well, I'm gonna do my best to get an acquittal, but it won't be easy the way he was acting before the shooting-- blowing up, making threats. I mean, the jury's gonna look at that and think, you know, this guy's got a problem controlling his anger. And he's got long history of bad blood with him and the Forresters. He probably just snapped. Who did--who did you say gave you this, uh, this photo again?
Brooke: Charlie-- Lt. Baker's son.
Storm: Yeah, I was on the phone with him when Stephanie was shot. I was trying to get a restraining order against Stephanie. Well, there you go. That's my cue to leave.
Brooke: Wait. I need to ask you something.
Katie: Can it wait, Brooke?
Brooke: Are you still wearing that ring around your neck?
Storm: Well, I told you I never take it off. So yea
Brooke: I need you to put it on and put your hand up next to that photo.
Storm: You have got to be kidding me.
Brooke: No, I'm not.
Storm: You really want me to do this?
Katie: No (sighs) stop it, Brooke.
Brooke: If he's innocent, he'll do it.
Storm: Why would I want to shoot Stephanie? I was trying to get a restraining order against her to keep her away from the family, not ha her killed.
Brooke: You wanted more than that, didn't you?
Katie: Don't listen to her.
Storm: What are you talking about?
Brooke: You wanted Dad to pay for abandoning us.
Katie: Okay, stop. Storm, let's go. Let's just go.
Brooke: No, no, you're not going anywhere until you put that ring on your finger.
Brooke: I love you. You know that. We all love you. You have been there for us. You have protected us. And then Dad came home, and he belittled you. He didn't appreciate anything...
Brooke: That you did. He wanted things to be the same way with his daughters, with the girls. But we're not girls. We're your girls. And I-I could see what that would do to you, how that would make you feel. And maybe you would just snap.
Storm: Look, it's okay. Hey, hey, hey, are you listening to yourself here?
Katie: Enough. Please?
Brooke: No, please, Storm, tell me. I will understand. Did you shoot Stephanie and set our Dad up? Answer me.
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