The Bold and The Beautiful Transcript Thursday 12/11/08
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Stephanie: Well, that's for the police to decide, isn't it?
Brooke: What did you tell them? You were there at the crash site. Did you make them suspicious?
Stephanie: They were already suspicious. They administered a breathalyzer test for him, and with good reason. He's been out of control for months. Now where is he?
Brooke: You're not going anywhere near him.
Stephanie: Listen, you don't want the police coming to the house, all right? The press'll find out about it, and they'll have a field day. Let's do this quietly. I'll drive him down to the police station. You get a good lawyer, and he can make a statement.
Brooke: No! Just stay away from him. You just want somebody to be angry at. You want to blame Phoebe's death on somebody. Well, not my son, Stephanie. Do you hear me? Not on your miserable life.
Ridge: Steffy's gonna sleep on the floor in Thomas' room tonight.
Taylor: Okay. (Sniffles)
Taylor: Take me to where it happened.
Ridge: Oh, Doc, no.
Taylor: I need to. I need to. I need to see where Phoebe died.
Rick: (Sniffles) (Sighs)
Eric: Can you tell me what happened? Can-- how--how you drove off the road?
Rick: She was angry with me, Dad.
Eric: Why? Because of, uh-- uh, because of you and Taylor?
Rick: (Inhales) Mm-hmm. Because of everything. Taylor and-- and the way I treated Ridge and the way I treated Steffy.
Eric: Steffy? Wha --
Rick: Yeah. I-I-I used her. I flirted with her. I-I used her. I-I kissed her.
Eric: Used her? Why? Why did you use Steffy?
Rick: (Sighs) (Sighs) The same reason why I've been doing everything, Dad. To get back at Ridge. To--to get him to break up with Mom. And Phoebe was just so hurt. She was crushed. She was so angry with me, and--and--and she just-- she--she lashed out. I was--I was-- I was driving the car, and I'm not-- I'm not blaming her. I don't want this to seem like I'm blaming her at all. But--but I was-- I was just trying to get to the party, and--and she jumped on me. And she's scratching my face, and she--and she-- she grabbed the-- the steering wheel, and--and then her foot got-- lodged on the acceler--
Eric: Okay. Okay. Okay.
Eric: It's a terrible tragedy, this, for our family.
Rick: (Sniffles) (Sobs)
Eric: But it's not your fault, my boy. Now don't do that. No one's gonna blame you for this.
Stephanie: Phoebe would be alive if it weren't for Rick.
Brooke: Oh, my God, you make this sound so malicious.
Stephanie: I'm not sure that it wasn't.
Brooke: Rick loved Phoebe. He would never do anything to deliberately hurt her.
Stephanie: I'm not sure what your son is capable of doing. I know that he wanted to get back at Ridge. He wanted to hurt him. Didn't he force that fight at the sky lounge? And you know he's lied to you. He's been lying to you about-- about being crippled. He's not. And when he couldn't break you and Ridge up, how do I know he--
Brooke: Stephanie! Stephanie! I know all this. Rick told me.
Stephanie: You know, and you're not appalled?
Brooke: It doesn't make what happened tonight a crime.
Stephanie: But doesn't it give you pause? Doesn't it make you think, how much further would he go? He wanted to get back at Ridge. He wanted to get back at Taylor.
Stephanie: No? What do you mean-- he was driving erratically. He was swerving and skidding all over the road. Was he trying to hurt phoebe deliberately?
Brooke: Of course not.
Stephanie: No? I think that he was trying to get back at Ridge. He wanted to hurt him. He took his job. He took his office, and now he's taken his daughter. My--she's dead.
Brooke: Stephanie, stop it!
Stephanie: And her parents are going through hell, and I'm not going to stop it, because I think she's dead because of him, and he's going to pay for what he's done.
Rick: (Sniffles) Dad, I don't care. I don't care who blames me or who doesn't blame me, for that matter. I blame myself.
Eric: No, don't do that. Don't. Don't. You should-- don't do that.
Rick: Yeah, but you don't know what I've done. What I did to Ridge. Oh, my God.
Eric: That was my decision. Promoting you to president was--was my decision.
Rick: Yeah, but I made you feel guilty about that. I lied there, and I made you feel guilty because of my--my--my legs.
Eric: Wait. Wait. Is that what you think? Look, I love you, son, but I--but I love my company way too much to-- to promote you as some kind of a--as a-a--some kind of a consolation prize.
Rick: But I manipulated you, Dad. That's what I'm trying to tell you. I manipulated you, and then I--then I-- then I used my-- my new position of power to manipulate everybody. Everybody for-- Mom, Donna, Marcus, Steffy.
Eric: Yeah. And that was wrong.
Rick: (Sighs) I know.
Eric: But I understand. I understand why it happened. I mean, you and Ridge have always had issues together, and--and--but-- and no matter how much resentment there has been between the two of you, you would--you would never take that out on Phoebe.
Eric: You would never want to hurt her.
Rick: No. I never wanted to hurt Phoebe, Dad. Never.
Brooke: Rick is not responsible for this.
Stephanie: Have you been to the accident site? Have you seen the ditch where she landed? Have you seen the bloody glass all around? Have you--have you looked at the tire marks on the road?
Brooke: I looked into Rick's eyes.
Stephanie: Like you did when he lied about being crippled? He's been lying to you. He could be lying now.
Brooke: He isn't.
Stephanie: Well, then let's get a bible and have him swear to that.
Brooke: Damn it, Stephanie, he is not guilty.
Stephanie: He's not guilty? He's not responsible? Well, then who the hell is?
Brooke: Wait. Let me explain. You don't know what happened. Rick told me everything. He lost control of the car because Phoebe went into a rage. She was all over him. She was scratching his face, and she grabbed the wheel, and she slammed her foot onto the brake and then slipped on the accelerator. My God, Rick was trying to do everything he could to keep that car under control. She was attacking him.
Stephanie: You're gonna say that this was Phoebe's fault?
Brooke: No. No. This was nobody's fault. This was just one big tragic accident. Why can't you see that?
Stephanie: Whether he was intentionally going to hurt that girl, or whether just by his behavior, he set this whole tragedy into motion. It all comes back to him! Do you understand? And if he's going to try to blame a dead girl for this, then he's more of a bastard than I even thought he was capable of being!
Rick: I just want to disappear, Dad, get the hell away.
Eric: No. No. We're all gonna deal with this together as a family. You do not have to deal with this alone. You have the support of your-- your parents and your sister, everyone.
Rick: (Sighs) What about Taylor? How do I face her? How?
Taylor: We need to plan a funeral. We need to do that. And I want it to have some of her favorite music, and I don't even know how I'm gonna find her friends. (Sobs)
Ridge: We need to focus on Steffy and Thomas, and--and you need to rest.
Taylor: No, I need to plan the funeral.
Ridge: You don't have to handle everything, not right this minute.
Taylor: I need to do it. I need to do it.
Stephanie: How dare you imply-- how dare you even say or suggest or think that this could have been Phoebe's fault. My God!
Brooke: Stephanie, I know-- I know what you're going through. We're all in pain. The whole family. We lost an angel tonight. But pointing a finger at Rick, trying to blame somebody else, that's not gonna bring Phoebe back.
Stephanie: I'm not looking just for blame. I want the truth. Don't you understand? I'm not gonna close my eyes to Rick and what he's done. They're gonna arrest him. And if justice is served, he's gonna go away a long, long time because that beautiful little girl is dead because of him.
Brooke: Stop it. Stop saying that! You are not going to turn this tragedy into another assault on my family. Do you hear me? Phoebe's life was worth more than that. And Rick's life is worth more than that. So you stay away from my son. You are not going to do this to Rick.
Ridge: Doc, wait. You're trying to be strong. You think that's what the family needs. But you need a chance to process this.
Taylor: Process this? Phoebe lying in the bottom of a ditch just down the street, and I was sitting right here. I was sitting right here. And I didn't know. I had no idea.
Ridge: She wasn't-- she wasn't suffering. She wasn't afraid.
Taylor: You don't know what she felt. You don't. (Sobs)
(Telephone rings) (Rings)
Madison: Hey, Mrs. Forrester, it's Madison. Hello? Hi. Um, I heard Phoebe's back in town, and, uh, I think she stopped by Forrester, but I missed her, so, uh-- oh, yeah, and I left a message on her cell phone, but I wanted to check at home first. Is she around?
Taylor: (Sighs) Uh, no. No, she's--she's not home.
Madison: Oh, okay. Can I leave a message maybe?
Taylor: No, you can't.
Brooke: My son will not be your scapegoat.
Stephanie: (Scoffs) Oh, now you want to protect him? Where were you when you could have done some good? You were so busy taking my family apart, you never saw the damage that you were doing to your own children. Who was there to teach him morality and ethics and personal responsibility? He sure as hell didn't learn that from you.
Brooke: Oh, so now you're blaming this on me.
Stephanie: Well, what I think is he wanted to get back at Ridge so badly, he was willing to do anything. That's what I think. He was willing to sacrifice his relationship with you, his pride, his self-respect. Who the hell does that sound like?
Brooke: You. It sounds exactly like you.
Stephanie: Brooke, he was so desperate all of his life for your attention. You don't want to see what he's become, do you? He's become you.
Brooke: Shut up.
Stephanie: No, he has. He's become you. He wanted what he wanted when he wanted it, and now he's destroyed a family, and that girl is dead, and you know what? You're right. He isn't to blame. He isn't responsible. You are. You are. What you did to that boy-- you made him into the man that he is today. You're to blame. You killed my granddaughter.
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