The Bold and The Beautiful Transcript Friday 4/3/09
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Brooke: It's the end of an era.
Ridge: It sure is.
Brooke: I still can't believe your father asked her to leave.
Ridge: She didn't deserve that, not after everything she's done for this company.
Brooke: You'll be able to carry on her tradition.
Ridge: I'm sure as hell gonna try. But no one can fill Mother's shoes.
Rick: Mm, you be careful. That's gonna blind me. (Sighs)
Steffy: I'll buy you a cane.
Rick: Why? You're not planning on taking it off?
Steffy: (Scoffs) Not in this lifetime.
Steffy: Never. (Laughs)
Steffy: Wow, a day at the beach with the greatest guy in the world, and now this. I am engaged, and I am living with the man that I love so much.
Brooke: Ridge, do you really think that's a good idea?
Ridge: I just want to check things out at the beach house. I'm not comfortable with that situation at all.
Brooke: (Sighs) Okay, but if you're expecting to find that they're already having problems-
Ridge: Would it be too much to ask for that to happen sooner than later?
Brooke: Then why go over there? Not to stir the pot, I hope.
Ridge: Logan, you know how I feel about all this. I'm just hoping and praying that Steffy opens her eyes and realizes that this marriage is a very bad idea. There's no way those two are ready for marriage.
Taylor: So why is it you summoned me here? Is it because you want to talk about Rick and Steffy getting married?
Eric: No, not actually. Although, for the record, I'm not against that.
Taylor: Well, I am. So why did you want to see me?
Eric: It's about Stephanie.
Taylor: What about her?
Eric: She's no longer working here.
Taylor: She's leaving?
Eric: And she's already gone.
Taylor: Why? This is her life. This company is everything to her.
Eric: I fired her.
Nick: Watch your step. (Sighs) You must be freezing. Let me get you a blanket.
Nick: What are you doing down here anyway?
Stephanie: I was just, uh, taking a walk.
Nick: You okay?
Stephanie: I'll take the blanket. Thank you.
Stephanie: Thank you.
Nick: Yeah. (Sighs) So why were you down here?
Stephanie: I was looking for a little peace and quiet, Nick.
Nick: Let me guess. Rough day at Forrester Creations?
Nick: Somebody give you a cup of coffee more than two hours old?
Nick: So what is it? Why-- why were you down here?
Stephanie: Well, if you must know, I guess you could say it was a sentimental journey. Eric and I were there many, many years ago, and, uh, we made a big decision. We would stay in California and start our family and, um, throw caution to the winds and create Forrester Creations.
Nick: So is this, uh, some sort of anniversary then?
Stephanie: No. No. (Sighs)
Nick: Well, then why today?
Stephanie: Well, because today was the day that I was told I was no longer needed at Forrester Creations.
Taylor: You fired Stephanie? Why? This company is her life.
Eric: I know. That's why I asked you to come over here. Taylor, I'm worried about her.
Taylor: Okay, what exactly happened?
Eric: Family issues, and then it escalated, and the--the company became involved, and, uh--she disparages me. She disparages my leadership here at the company and my wife and my son, and there's always been tension here, of course, forever, where she and Brooke are concerned. She pushed me too far, and so I fired her.
Taylor: And now you're wishing you hadn't done that.
Eric: No, not really. I just fear for what this might do to her.
Stephanie: What's this?
Nick: Instant coffee.
Stephanie: Mm. Did you put a little whiskey in it, I hope?
Nick: Sorry. So Eric booted you out of Forrester.
Stephanie: (Chuckles) Here's your hat. What's your hurry?
Nick: You didn't use your strong-arm tactics?
Stephanie: My tactics?
Nick: I hear things. People talk.
Stephanie: Oh. Oh. Of course, your fiancée. Well, what else could you expect from a Logan girl?
Nick: Katie doesn't talk about work.
Nick: The question is why did you let him do it?
Stephanie: Oh, I suppose I could have stayed and continued to hit my head against a brick wall, but, you know, after a while, it hurts.
Stephanie: Hmm. And what is this?
Nick: Oh, this? Just, uh, just research.
Nick: Mm-hmm. My mother's company-- Jackie M.'s not doing too well, so I'm trying to do the best I can to--to fix it.
Stephanie: Good luck.
Nick: Guess it takes more than just book learning, huh, Stephanie?
Stephanie: Yes, but this is a good start.
Nick: Sure would be nice to have advice from an expert. Certainly isn't like working on the ships. You know, my father taught me that business well. But this--
Stephanie: H-how is he? Have you spoken to him?
Nick: No, have you?
Nick: He's Ridge's biological father. I just thought--
Stephanie: Let's not go there. You know, that was a hard one for Eric.
Nick: Hard to recover from, too, I imagine.
Stephanie: Well, I'm not so sure, you know, that we ever did. I always tried to blame Brooke for so many of the mistakes in my marriage and problems, but, uh-- (sighs) I don't know.
Nick: Stephanie-- he's a wimp.
Stephanie: Nick, he's anything but a wimp.
Nick: Sorry. You're a tough broad. You have strong rules. He couldn't take it, couldn't keep up, so he got a younger woman. If I were you, I wouldn't shed a tear.
Stephanie: Oh, I'm not. Believe me. (Inhales sharply) I'm angry, and I'm furious, and I'm hurt. But I'm not gonna shed any tears.
Brooke: Hi, you two. (Laughs)
Rick: Mom, what are you doing here?
Brooke: Uh, I-I don't mean to invade your privacy. And I know Steffy's just moving in--
Steffy: Oh, no, no, no. Come on in. It's--that's good. Yeah, it's fine.
Brooke: Oh, thanks.
Rick: Oh, so you're here to help us unpack, right?
Steffy: Oh, well, there's not really that much to unpack.
Brooke: (Laughs) Steffy, where did you get that--
Steffy: Oh, um, yes. Rick gave it to me today. It's official.
Rick: And I can't wait to see the look on Ridge's face when he sees that. How do you think he's gonna react?
Brooke: Oh, I think you have some idea how he might react.
Steffy: Yeah, but he's not fighting us anymore, so--
Brooke: Well, he's trying very hard to understand. He still has some questions about this relationship.
Rick: Well, that's a big surprise.
Brooke: Is it really that hard for you to understand?
Steffy: Yeah, that my dad's a little overprotective? No, I-I get that completely. But, hey, we should start looking, uh, to reserve a church, right?
Brooke: (Laughs) Wha--you--you've chosen a date?
Rick: Yeah, I mean, we know how we feel. Why wait? (Chuckles)
Brooke: Why would you rush into a marriage?
Rick: Commitment, Mom. I love this woman. I don't want to keep her waiting.
Steffy: Yeah, how about-- how about three months? We could ready by then, can't we?
Steffy: And you'd help us, though, right? I just--I want everyone to know that--that we're a couple, finally-- (Laughs) forever, you know?
Brooke: Okay. Okay, I will help you find a chapel.
Steffy: (Giggles) Okay.
Rick: Well, it doesn't necessarily have to be a-a chapel, right? I mean, there are other venues that we could look into-- a lot of other venues. I-I just-- I want this to be unique, you know? Really, really unique and--and special. I mean, you know how it is, right? Of course you do. (Laughs)
Brooke: All right. (Sighs) I will look into other venues as well.
Steffy: Oh, my God. Thank you.
Steffy: Oh, you are too much. You really are.
Rick: Yeah, Mom, really. Thank you for supporting us and being in our corner.
Brooke: I just hope you two aren't rushing into this.
Rick: No. Look. This is exactly what I need. I'm in love. We are in love.
Ridge: Hey, Doc, it's me. Brooke went out to the beach house to see Rick and Steffy now that they've moved in together. But we need a strategy, some way to make sure this doesn't go any further. I can't accept the fact that they would get married. I just can't live with that. So give me a call as soon as you can.
Nick: I think I'm going to have to give you some unrequested advice.
Stephanie: [ Laughs ] That's -- this is gonna be good.
Nick: I think you're a lot better off without Eric Forrester in your life.
Stephanie: That's it?
Nick: What's the alternative?
Stephanie: I don't know [ Sighs ] Look at this picture. I don't even know who that woman was. I'm certainly not...I am no longer Stephanie Forrester of Forrester Creations. I don't know who I am, but I'm no longer this person.
Ridge: How are the happy little homemakers doing at the beach?
Brooke: Oh, well, it's true, they are very happy together. I wish you could have seen them.
Ridge: Spare me.
Brooke: They're really very eager to get married.
Ridge: That is not gonna happen, Logan.
Brooke: I'm not sure there's anything you can do to stop them.
Ridge: [ Sighs ] They can live together. They can let this little thing play out. But marriage? That's where I draw the line.
Stephanie: Life is a paradox. You know, when it begins, it's all moving forward. You grow up. You get married. You raise your family. You build a company, and it's all moving forward. Until-- (laughs) just unexpectedly, you're-- you're at the crest. And then it becomes looking backward. Memories, achievements, but always looking backwards. And that's when I realized, it's over. No one prepares you for that. Eric doesn't really see it yet, because, you know, he's really caught up in the midst of all of it, and he's got a beautiful, young wife. (Exhales deeply) This was supposed to be our golden years. This was our dream. Somewhere, he lost the dream, and I lost him. I'm a very controlling person. I don’t-- negotiate. I demand. And that can get kind of tiresome, you know, after a while. I think that's what happened with Eric. And that-- that wonderful, mad, passionate love that you share with another human being sort of starts to drift away, and it ends up as-- (Sighs) I don't know, perfunctory. You have a martini at night, a little conversation. You go to social events. You don't spend a lot of time there with each other. You have a peck on the cheek in the morning, and -- the intimacy and the sex kind of -- I know that I certainly cannot compete with a beautiful young girl like Donna, but-- I'll tell you, Nick. I always thought-- I always believed that commitment and family were more important to Eric than just a roll in the hay. And so for a long time, I turned a blind eye to all the women that he was involved with until Brooke. That's a force of nature in--unto itself, as you well know. (Sighs) But she was different. He married her, started a family-- second family. And, boy, are we reaping the harvest on that one. You know, he'd leave and come back. He'd leave and come back. But I think he's gone now. I think he's gonna stay with Donna. I don't know. I guess what goes around comes around. Turned out to be a cruel joke on me.
Nick: Don't sound like a victim, Stephanie. You're stronger than that.
Stephanie: Oh, you mean I'm not allowed to wallow in my cups?
Nick: No. What you're saying is not true.
Stephanie: Yes, it is. I devoted my life to Eric. I took all of my energy. I focused everything on him, on our children, on that company, and I thought that when we came to the end of the road, it would be peace and contentment and happiness, and that is not what happened. We got to the end of the road, and it turns out to be just a-- dead end. A dead end. (Sighs) I never saw this happening with my life. I-I-I never thought it would-- I never thought it would end up this way.
Stephanie: (Sighs) Yeah. Thanks for the instant coffee and the blanket. Thanks for a port in the storm. (Whispers) I have to go.
Taylor: Of course, I'm going to be there for Stephanie. I-I would never leave her alone.
Eric: Good. Good. I appreciate that.
Taylor: I think she's a little stronger than you think.
Taylor: She's very, very strong.
Eric: No, I know she's strong. She's always been very strong. I've never worried about her a day in my life, but today is different. I'm worried about her. And where is she gonna go? What is she going to do? She's always meant so much to me. I just-- I'm afraid for what might happen to her. I just-- I just pray that she's gonna be all right.
Stephanie: (Thinking) At this moment, I know-- I believe the best days of my life are yet to come, and come they will.
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