The Bold and The Beautiful Transcript Friday 12/26/08
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Brooke: The party was really wonderful, Eric.
Eric: It meant a lot to Ridge and Taylor and to the children. That's all that really matters. That's not why you asked me over here, though, is it?
Brooke: No. It's about Rick. I really want to pull him out of this.
Eric: It's gonna take some time.
Brooke: Do we have time?
Eric: If you're worried about the D.A. prosecuting Rick, I don't think that's gonna happen.
Brooke: Thanks to Ridge.
Eric: Thanks to Ridge. Yes. He was wonderful Christmas Eve. You know, holding down his feelings about Rick, being reserved with that and letting Rick be with the family. It's a good thing.
Brooke: It wasn't easy for him.
Eric: No, I know. But it was an important first step.
Brooke: I'd like to believe that. He wants Rick gone. (Sighs)
Eric: Well, I'm not at all surprised he feels that way. You know, Phoebe was killed, and Rick was driving the car. We--we-- we have to be sensitive to how Ridge is feeling.
Brooke: I completely agree. It kills me to see what Ridge is going through. He's trying to be strong for the children and... (sighs) trying not to fight with Rick. And yet--
Eric: And yet every time he sees Rick, it's a constant reminder.
Brooke: He wants him to move to Paris.
Eric: What? Back to Forrester International?
Brooke: Yeah. I managed to hold him off through the holiday, but now he's insisting.
Eric: No. No. I want Rick here with us. He needs us right now.
Brooke: I know he does. And I'm glad to hear you say that, Eric.
Eric: Well, did you talk to Ridge about that?
Brooke: Yes, I did. It--it was very painful.
Eric: Well, he has to realize that this is a very emotional time for Rick, as well.
Brooke: Well, he does know that Rick is depressed and that he's guilt-ridden. But Ridge is also very fragile. He's doing all that he can just to keep himself from going after Rick, especially with all the pressure that Stephanie's putting on him.
(Knock on door)
Steffy: Can I talk to you for a minute?
Rick: Yeah. Yeah, come on in.
Rick: Well, I-I guess I had this coming. So, uh, go ahead. Lay it on me. You call me a killer, a jerk, whatever you want. It's nothing I haven't heard before. I'm actually feeling that same way about myself.
Steffy: Well, I spoke to Bridget about your claim that Phoebe attacked you in the car.
Rick: Yeah, nobody seems to believe me about that.
Steffy: Well, I do. Bridget went to the morgue and took some scrapings from Phoebe's nail, and the lab test showed it was your skin.
Rick: Oh, God. Steffy, she was so angry. I've never seen her like that before. I mean, I can't say I'm surprised after everything I did to her. Look, um, thank you. I'm-- I'm glad that you believe me, but I've been doing a lot of thinking, and I just-- I don't belong here anymore. I'm an outcast. I'm-- I'm a constant painful reminder to people of a very horrible time. So I didn't want to do this, but I-I believe that it's best. I'm moving to Paris immediately. So, uh, if you've said all you wanted to say, again, I appreciate it. Thank you. But, um, you can go now, and I promise I'll never bother you again. So see ya.
Donna: Oh, honey bear, you are gonna have the best welcome home party of your life. (Sighs) God, I can't believe you're mine again. Finally. Thank you. Thank you. (Sighs)
Steffy: Wait. You're moving to Paris?
Rick: Yeah, it's best for everybody, Steffy.
Steffy: But is it best for you?
Rick: (Scoffs) There's no such thing as what's best for me anymore, not after a mistake like that. I mean, a mistake that takes somebody's life? I mean, what the hell happens, Steffy? I mean, the only choice you have is-- is to try to get past it, get on with your life. You hope that everybody else around you can get past it and get on with their lives. And that's what's in my prayers, not that anyone up there is willing to answer my prayers right now.
Steffy: But you just can't leave. I-I don't want you to go.
Eric: I don't believe that Rick is really responsible for that accident. But there were things he did before, bad things, Brooke.
Brooke: I know.
Eric: Look, he's, uh-- he has problems, very deep-seated problems, and they've--they've been festering for years. And that-- that alone is reason enough to want him to stay here with you and me.
Brooke: I just wish I could get Ridge to see that. He's been very patient. (Sighs) And he loves me, and he knows how important this is to me, but it's really straining our relationship. It always seems like an uphill battle, and it's because of Rick. I love Ridge, and I want to be his wife more than anything in this world, but how can I turn my back on my son who needs me so desperately?
Eric: Talk to your fiancÚ, all right? Just talk to Ridge. Tell him what's in your heart. You're right. He loves you. And that love's being challenged. You can rise above that. Don't deny it. I've seen you. You two will get past this. I promise you.
(Cell phone rings) (Rings)
Eric: Hi, sweetheart. It's me.
Donna: Honey bear.
Eric: I missed you on Christmas.
Donna: I missed you, too. How did, um, the family gathering go?
Eric: It was more wonderful than I could have imagined.
Donna: Good, I'm glad.
Eric: But now Christmas is over. I'm gonna talk to Stephanie today. You and I have a wonderful future ahead of us. Your honey bear loves you.
Donna: I love you, too, honey bear. I'll be waiting for you.
Eric: Okay, bye.
Stephanie: Wonderful. You're here. Did you see Ridge?
Eric: No. No, I didn't.
Stephanie: Well, he was just here.
Eric: How's he holding up?
Stephanie: Well, it's hard losing a child. It's, I think, even harder this time of the year. He really needs Rick to go to Paris.
Eric: I was talking to Brooke about that.
Stephanie: He needs it, and I think so does--
Eric: I'm not gonna send Rick to Paris. I'm not.
Eric: Look, I'm not gonna exile Rick off to Paris when he's in desperate need of support from his family. I'm not gonna do that.
Stephanie: Well, and Ridge isn't desperate? He needs to recover. How does he do that with Rick there in his face every day?
Eric: He's a lot stronger than you think.
Stephanie: How can you say that? He's lost a child, and Rick is responsible for her death.
Eric: Look, he's gonna have a lot of support here. That's why I want Rick to stay here, too-- for that kind of support. This family is not short of support at all. You of all people should know that.
Stephanie: It's in his best interest that he goes to Paris, and it's in his mother's best interest that she makes sure he does that.
Eric: He is her son, and he's hurting.
Stephanie: So she's giving up on the marriage to Ridge?
Eric: No, of course not.
Stephanie: Well, Ridge isn't going to want it. Why should he? Her son is responsible for his daughter's death. How does he forget that?
Rick: So you don't want me to leave?
Steffy: Look at you. You're a mess. I can't even imagine what you'd be like in Paris.
Rick: (Scoffs) That's really not your concern.
Steffy: God, I should have never have told phoebe that you kissed me. It was wrong.
Rick: Wait. Wait. Wait a minute. No, this is not your responsibility. Don't you dare take the blame for this, Steffy. This was my fault, okay? Phoebe was a victim of my ego, of my arrogance, my insensitivity. I should just get the hell out of here before people suffer more.
Steffy: My mom doesn't even hold you responsible. Yes, you've made some mistakes, some big ones. I know. But in your--in your heart, you never intended to hurt phoebe. I know that. God, how could I not? But look what you're putting yourself through.
Rick: You came here to tell me that?
Steffy: I came here to set the record straight. What happened to Phoebe was an accident. Yes, it could have been prevented by you, by me, by my mom, by my dad. But we all have to take the blame for this, and we need to learn from it. I knew my sister better than anyone. And I know without a doubt if she's up there, and I know she is, she's in pain how we're treating each other, and especially how we're treating you. (Sighs)
Rick: Come here. I know. (Sighs)
Ridge: Okay, I-I did some groundwork.
Ridge: For Rick to go back to Paris. I know this is not what you want to hear, but I'm hoping that you understand that this is what I need.
Ridge: Logan, I can't do this. I've gotta move on here. We all have to move on, and I just don't see it being possible with Rick still in L.A.
Brooke: Ridge, he won't survive in Paris.
Ridge: Yes, of course he will. He loved Paris. He had a good life there. He had a high-powered job, lots of friends.
Brooke: It's not the same. Nothing's the same. Everything changed the night that Phoebe died. And I know you don't want to believe this, but a part of Rick died right along with her. You can't send Rick off to Paris. It would be the worst thing for him right now. And you can't ask that of me.
Ridge: Brooke, look, every time I see Rick, I feel like I'm gonna lose it. I don't want my kids seeing me like that. But they will see me like that if Rick remains in L.A. (Sighs) The guy is trying to destroy me, Brooke, just like he destroyed my daughter. And I hate him for that. I hate him.
Eric: Ridge and Brooke will settle their differences about Rick.
Stephanie: How is he supposed to do that? Is he just supposed to forget about his daughter?
Eric: Okay, every marriage has its difficulties. Ridge and Brooke will get through this. (Sighs) Look, there's something I need to tell you. Thorne did something that I want you to know about.
Eric: The reason I broke it off with donna is that Thorne hired two models that looked like Owen and Donna, and he set up a video camera in Owen's office and got them to get hot and heavy in there, and he made certain that I saw it.
Stephanie: Well, this is absolutely preposterous.
Eric: No, it's not. Thorne admitted it to me.
Stephanie: He just came to you with this?
Eric: No, Owen found out about it, and then he pressured him to come to me, yeah.
Stephanie: Where are we going with this?
Eric: All my assumptions about Donna have been wrong.
Stephanie: So you're giving up on us?
Eric: I love you, Stephanie. And I know I said that you and I would be together forever. And Christmas in this house--
Stephanie: But you didn't answer my question. You did say that we, a month ago, would be together forever. And I-- I took you at your word, as I always do. So now what? You're--you're leaving me, and you're going back to Donna?
Donna: The night of your life. That's... (sighs) what it's gonna be, honey bear. All the waiting, all the tears, it's all behind us. You are mine now. And this time, forever.
(Knock on door)
Donna: You're early.
Donna: (Gasps) (Screams)
Brooke: You hate my son?
Ridge: Brooke, look what he did to me.
Brooke: Ridge, I thought you were working through that.
Ridge: I can't help it. Look, I'm just trying to be honest with all this.
Brooke: (Scoffs) Okay, so you hate my son. (Sighs)
Ridge: I'm sorry.
Brooke: What are we going to do?
Ridge: Rick needs to leave town.
Brooke: No. No, he cannot be apart from his family. Ridge, you need to be stronger.
Ridge: Brooke, I need you to be the same way.
Brooke: I can't. Not when it comes to my children.
Ridge: I cannot stop thinking about what he did to my little girl. I can't.
Brooke: I know, and I understand that. But you, Rick, myself-- we can't just stop our lives.
Ridge: So what am I supposed to do? Just pretend?
Brooke: We'll do what we always did. We'll lean on each other, Ridge. It seemed to work before.
Ridge: Brooke, I don't know if I can-- if I can do this.
Brooke: Yes, you can, if you care about me. If you really want what we have, then you will. You do want us to be together, don't you?
Ridge: Yes, of course I do. I just have this huge gaping hole in my heart, and it will not go away.
Brooke: Ridge, you just need to fill it with all those wonderful memories that you have of your precious daughter.
Ridge: I want to touch her again. I want to hold her in my arms.
Brooke: She's here. She's right here with you always. But your heart is so filled with hatred that we're gonna lose each other, Ridge. Don't do that to me. Don't do that to yourself.
Ridge: I don't want to lose you. I believe in us, Brooke. In fact, right now, it's the only thing I believe in.
Brooke: You believe in Phoebe, too. Her love is precious and as much a part of your life as I am. That didn't die. That will never die.
Rick: Look, thank you for saying that you believe me and--and you forgive me. I don't deserve it, but I appreciate it.
Steffy: Yes, you do. Yes, you do. You've suffered enough, and it's time to just let go.
Rick: How can you say these things to me? Why do you feel this way?
Steffy: How can I not say these things? I feel your pain like I feel my own. It's not your pain. It's not my pain. It's our pain.
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