The Bold and The Beautiful Transcript Friday 12/21/07
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Stephen: You did this to me? You, Storm?
Storm: (Sighs) Yes. I shot Stephanie, and I-I framed you for it.
Storm: (Laughs bitterly) Well, go ahead, Dad, let me have it. Damn it, Dad, say something.
Donna: Maybe I shouldn't be asking you how committed you are. Maybe it's not my place. You are still married.
Eric: I'd be a pretty big hypocrite if I hid behind that, but, uh, thanks for the out.
Eric: I don't want you to doubt what we have.
Donna: I don't want that, either.
Eric: Okay, then. Then trust that wonderful things are gonna happen for us. They are, and history is not gonna repeat itself with Stephanie and me, not this time.
Donna: (Sighs) really?
Eric: Really. You'll see. Come here. Come here. Mm.
(Knock on door)
Eric: (Sighs) I'm gonna see what this is.
Ridge: Hey, Dad.
Ridge: May I speak to you alone?
Eric: No. No, you may not.
Ridge: It's important, Dad.
Donna: It's okay, Eric, I'll leave.
Eric: No. No, you stay, Donna. You're a big part of my life now. It's about time my children started to accept that.
Stephen: I trusted you with my life. You told me-- you looked me in the eye and said you believed in my innocence-- that you would do whatever it takes to get me out of this. I lived on that, Storm. You were my hope. You really had me fooled.
Storm: Dad, please, if you--
Stephen: No. I thought we were finally healing old wounds, starting over, but now I see how wrong I was. You despise me. You want to make sure you take me completely down, make me suffer and lock me away.
Brooke: (Sighs) Dad, please, just let him explain.
Stephen: I don't need him to. This is my fault. I did this to your brother.
Stephen: All the rage you've been carrying around since you were a child is there because of me, my cowardice. And now it's brought you to this-- lying, manipulating, betraying your principles, risking a career you worked so hard for so I might get what I deserve. And I do deserve it, son. Your rage, your hate-- they're totally justified.
Storm: You're not--
Stephen: I'm not angry. No, I'm not, not at you... only at myself.
Eric: Why do I get the feeling you're about to ask me something that's not gonna thrill me?
Ridge: Look, Mother's home recuperating all alone right before Christmas, depressed as hell.
Ridge: Thorne, Felicia and I have already talked.
Eric: Oh, my God. So the three of you expect me to come in and save the day?
Ridge: We're gonna be there, Dad. She's not gonna be alone.
Eric: (Laughing) you're not--you're not even gonna get in the house. She's gonna have it barricaded. She's gonna have the windows blacked out.
Ridge: And that wouldn't depress you at all?
Eric: (Sighs) look, I take no pleasure in your mother's misery.
Ridge: Prove it.
Ridge: Look, we all need to come together here for Mother, you especially, Dad. You're the key to it all. Your being there will make all the difference... unless you have a problem with that, Donna.
Stephen: Seeing what I've done to you-- there are no words.
Katie: Dad, maybe you shouldn't--
Stephen: What? What, honey? Finally take responsibility for the wrongs I've done my children?
Storm: Dad, I'm the one who should finally take responsibility for myself. You know, I've let this rage inside me hold me back for way too many years.
Stephen: A well-liked, successful attorney-- I think you're doing fine. You're a son that any man would be proud of.
Storm: Well, I'm not so sure of that anymore. I'm just so damn ashamed, Dad.
Stephen: You have nothing to be ashamed about, nothing.
Storm: How can you say that?
Stephen: Because it's true. I'm the one. I'm responsible. I had a job to do as an adult, and I failed. A boy needs a father. And where was I, son? I was completely paralyzed by a-a total lack of self-esteem. I had no idea the amount of damage that I've done... until tonight. It took this messed-up situation for me to finally wake up.
Storm: Dad, you have to believe me. This is my fault. I've been dealing with this since I was in high school.
Stephen: Uh-huh. Your letter, asking me to come home for your water polo championships?
Storm: You remember that?
Stephen: He said he would forgive me for everything if I would just come home and cheer him on. I must have read that letter a hundred times... until I finally convinced myself that if I did come home, I would have nothing to offer. So I took the coward's way out, put the letter away and never answered.
Storm: I stopped a shot with .4 seconds left on the clock to win the game. (Laughs) the crowd went crazy. Everybody was cheering. And the whole time all I could do was look around that crowd wondering if you were somewhere. (Laughs) I made a million excuses for you... until I just realized you weren't coming. You didn't give a damn about anything I did. After that, I just decided I was through with you, only I guess I wasn't. I let that rage turn into a cancer. I let it... (sighs) fester inside of me until it got to the point where I could do such a horrible thing to my own father, to my sisters, even though I knew that it meant the world to you to have Dad back in town.
Stephen: You were more of a father to my girls than I ever was. When I left, you took charge of the family. (Laughs) Somebody had to. But the burden on you-- my God, son.
Katie: You were our rock.
Katie: We had no idea how hard it was on you.
Storm: (Sobs) Yeah. Well, I thought I was doing pretty good.
Brooke: You were amazing.
Stephen: That was too much, far too much, and I was selfish and stupid.
Storm: God, listening to you say all this stuff to me is just--
Stephen: It's about time.
Storm: Ah... I can't believe you don't hate me for what I did.
Stephen: Son, I could never hate you. You did something wrong, but I did something far worse when I left you all to fend for yourselves.
Storm: Dad, you didn't just leave. Please, you have to stop saying that.
Stephen: Now don't try and justify--
Storm: No, no. They--they need to know the truth about why you left. (Sighs) Dad didn't just up and leave his family. I ordered him to get the hell out.
Stephen: Now tell them the rest. Tell them the rest.
Storm: Well... (laughs) there's really not much more to say.
Brooke: Oh, I doubt that.
Stephen: Your brother came to me and told me I wasn't doing my job.
Stephen: That I was a lousy father and a lousy husband...
Stephen: And that I was too wrapped up in my stuff to lead the family. And he told me to grow up, to make a commitment, to finally start acting like a man. He wanted me to stay. He was praying that I would.
Stephen: But I was weak.
Storm: I should have never have pushed you so much.
Stephen: Of course, you should have pushed me. You put me to the test, and I failed. I was the adult. I never should have left, but I did. I abandoned you. This is my mess. This is my responsibility, my sin, and I'm gonna make up for it as best I can. I'm gonna stand by you, son. I'm gonna support you like I should have done for years.
Storm: (Sniffles) Once you get out of here, Dad, you should just-- you should just keep going and never look back.
Stephen: That's not the way it's gonna be.
Storm: What do you mean?
Stephen: They're not gonna lock you away for this. I'm gonna confess that I shot Stephanie.
Donna: All I want, my only goal is for Eric to have a wonderful Christmas, and if spending time with your family accomplishes that, then I'm all for it. We have years of Christmases to spend together, and I hope that someday your family accepts that we're together and I'll be welcome, too. But tomorrow, when everyone goes to the house, if you want to be there, great. Have a wonderful time. I'll be thinking of you.
Eric: I appreciate that. I appreciate you.
Ridge: Yeah, thank you, Donna.
Donna: My pleasure.
Storm: Dad, you can't confess to this.
Stephen: Of course I can.
Storm: No. Please, Dad, come on now.
Stephen: I did it. I shot her. Stephanie Forrester pushed me to the edge, and I tried to kill her.
Brooke: What are you talking about, Dad? Why would you lie?
Stephen: I deserve to do time for the crimes I've committed, honey.
Katie: What crime? What are you talking about?
Stephen: Katie, I'm a guilty man. I'm guilty of abandoning my family, and I'm guilty of enraging my son to the point that he lost his ability to reason.
Storm: Dad, people don't go to jail for being bad parents.
Stephen: And you're not gonna throw your life away for my mistakes. What you did was in the heat of the moment. It was years of pent-up pain and rage. You never meant to harm Stephanie. You meant to harm me.
Brooke: He was doing it for us, all three of his girls.
Stephen: Well, now I'm doing this for you. I'm gonna tell lt. Baker that I pulled the trigger. You deserve that much, son, and you deserve a better life than the one I gave you.
Eric: You know what? I was gonna wait until Christmas Eve to give you this, but I can't. So here.
Eric: There you go.
Donna: What have you done, Eric Forrester?
Eric: I have-- I have gotten the woman I love a token of my appreciation and my affection. Go on. Open it.
Eric: Do you see what it is?
Donna: It's a honey bear just like you.
Eric: It is a honey bear, and it is just like me, only not exactly like me. Not exactly, because he has a collar.
("Jingle Bells" playing)
Donna: Oh, Eric...
Eric: Do you like it?
Donna: (Gasps) it's the most elegant bracelet I have ever seen...
Eric: Yeah? Good.
Donna: Also, completely unnecessary.
Eric: No, it's not. Oh, now you're gonna give me that speech about how you don't have to have things, right? I didn't get that so that you could be more sparkly. I got it because I want to do something wonderful.
Donna: It's lovely. Thank you. No one has ever given me anything this special.
Eric: But the fact is I'm gonna give you something even more special after the holidays.
Donna: Your eggnog recipe? (Laughs)
Eric: Yeah, if you want it.
Eric: An engagement ring.
("Jingle Bells" continues playing)
Eric: Right after Christmas, I'm gonna ask Stephanie for a divorce, and I'm gonna make the kind of commitment to you that you deserve.
Donna: (Laughs) Oh, my God. Really?
Eric: Yeah. Yeah...
Donna: (Giggles) oh, Eric. (Laughing)
Eric: Hey, yourself.
Donna: Hey, what's with the look?
Eric: Oh, you're gonna think, uh... you know, I have no idea what you're gonna think.
Donna: Tell me.
Eric: Look, as wonderful as things are with you and me-- and they are-- I'm just thinking of after we've been together for a while and, uh, you know, I'm older than you are.
Donna: (Laughs) so?
Eric: No, no, no. I mean, lots...
Eric: Older than you are. And I'm just thinking that after things are not so new with us. And we've been together for a while and some hot, young stud comes along, and, uh--
Donna: Oh, stop it.
Eric: No, I mean it.
Eric: I mean it. It would break my heart.
Donna: I would never do anything to hurt you, Eric Forrester, not ever. That's a promise.
Stephen: I was lost, and it took me so long to wake up. Walking away from my family is the biggest regret of my life, and now I finally have a chance to make up for it.
Brooke: Dad, if you confess, attempted murder is a serious crime. You could be looking at years in the penitentiary.
Katie: Those are years you can't get back.
Stephen: And I don't care.
Storm: Dad, I don't think--
Stephen: What's important to me, son, is that you know you have a father that will do anything for you.
Storm: Are you sure this is something you really want to do?
Stephen: 100%. 100%.
Stephen: You're gonna be safe, and I'm gonna make sure of it. And I have not said this to you since you were a child. I've thought of it every day of my life. I love you.
Storm: I love you, too, Dad. (Sniffles) (Crying)
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