B&B Transcript Friday 5/29/09

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Felicia: Mom, hi.

Stephanie: Hi.

Felicia: Thorne and I have been talking, and, um, we were wondering if there's a chance that you could take us on at Jackie M.

Stephanie: (Chuckles) Well, hold on, just for a moment.

Felicia: No. We're miserable here, all of us.

Thorne: We want out, Mom.

Stephanie: Well, that's actually why I came over today. I want to talk to you. I-I may have found a way to--to get you out.

Felicia: Uh, you did?

Stephan: Yes, I-- I've already spoken to your brother about this. I want to try and get control of the company back.

Thorne: But how?

Ridge: It involves Bill Spencer.

Bill: "Unfortunately, Ericís strength is also his weakness. He has a good heart."

Stephanie's voice: Naturally, that's made him vulnerable personally and professionally. And, of course, I'm referring to the influence that the Logan girls have had on his life. But, you know, sometimes it's more than that. A generous heart, you know, can cloud your decisions, and in business, that can lead to trouble, professionally, politically, legally.

Bill: What does she mean, "legally"?

Nick: You laid down the law. I gave up my cigars. Have I paid my dues?

Bridget: You've begun to pay your dues.

Nick: What else? No, no, no. No, really, not--not the beer.

Bridget: Yeah, the beer.

Nick: I have to stop drinking?

Bridget: No, it's just beer. It's empty carbs. It's--at least red wine has antioxidants.

Nick: Red wine?

Bridget: Wine is wine. A big, bold cabernet and a young, sexy pinot. How could you ever resist that?

Nick: I think I'm gonna become a red wine connoisseur.

Nick: A connoisseur.

Bridget: Mm-hmm.

Eric: My God, look at this. We're losing some of our best customers to Jackie M. designs.

Donna: Brooke's webcast didn't help?

Katie: Actually, it had the opposite effect. Once it aired, Stephanieís web site got tens of thousands of hits.

Pam: Well, of course it did. Stephanie's the jilted ex-wife.

Donna: Stephanie's a divisive troublemaker, and she's determined to bring this company to its knees.

Eric: Well, from the looks of this, she's succeeding. (Sighs)

Stephanie: The company's going to survive. My idea is that the three of you will run it.

Thorne: And how can we possibly make that happen?

Stephanie: Because the company's in big trouble. It's--you know, it's-- the--the value of it is going down. Spencer's going to step in and-- and buy it at a certain point.

Ridge: Yeah, if there's even a company left to buy.

Stephanie: Well, we're in trouble because of--of Rick and Donna, the Logan girls. You know, my only hope, I think, is for us to get control of the company and-- and to put it in your hands.

Thorne: Okay, so let me get this straight. Spencer is going to buy the company at a discount rate, and then you're going to buy it from him?

Stephanie: All of us. The four of us. That's the idea.

Ridge: Mother, I-I understand what you're gonna do here. Nobody wants change around here more than all of us, okay? But how is this going to affect Dad?

Stephanie: (Scoffs)

Felicia: Mother.

Stephanie: What?

Felicia: He is already so strung out from the webcast and blogs. I'm really worried about him.

Stephanie: Honey, he brought this on himself.

Ridge: Yes, he knows that now.

Thorne: Mother, the last thing that we ever wanted was for you two to go to war. That's what we've been fighting to avoid.

Felicia: That's right, and we're losing. Iím sorry, Mom, but with every new installment of ďThe Logan Chronicles," dad gets more and more depressed. We hate seeing him like this. Truly, it could kill him.

Stephanie: You know, I-I-- (Laughs) I only want to take control of the company for you guys. That's all that this is about.

Ridge: We realize that. But I'm asking you now to stop.

Stephanie: Is that how you all feel?

Stephanie: It's your father who's allowed this whole mess to come to fruition. You know, what I'm upset about is that I feel he's pushed the three of you aside. I mean, he's treating you as though your stepchildren, for God sakes.

Ridge: We're not stepchildren. We're not children at all. Mother, the point is this is not your battle to fight.

Stephanie: Well, thatís... (Sighs) that's the whole reason I got started with this internet and all this--this press. I wanted you to have control of the company. Obviously, you feel that something else is going on here, right? That this is some sort of a battle between your father and and-- and you are somehow caught in the middle. Is that right?

Felicia: Mother, we agree with you that Rick and the Logans have taken over, but you know what? Itís just not worth all the fighting between you and Dad.

Stephanie: Well, this is not what I wanted. But you're right. You're not children. You're adults. (Chuckles) I don't know. I just wanted you to be in charge of the company and maybe, uh... (Sighs) I don't know, maybe one day, it will work out that way. I'm not happy, but okay. Alright. Okay.

(Door closes)

Eric: Excellent job, Bobby. I appreciate it. Thank you very much. Salamat. ["Thank you" in the Philippines.]

Bobby: Walang anuman. [Filipino for "You're Welcome."] Do you want me to continue tracking the shipment?

Eric: Yes, absolutely. You're doing a great job. You seem to be on top of it.

Bobby: I'll let you know when I learn something.

Eric: Okay, Bobby. Listen, um, I'm really proud of you. You're doing a great job.

Bobby: Thank you, Mr. Forrester.

Eric: Sure.

Stephanie: Hello, Bobby.

Bobby: Hello, Mrs. Forrester.

Stephanie: Nice to see you. How's everything, uh, back home?

Bobby: My wife called last night.

Stephanie: Oh, she did? Oh, good. Um, and her sister?

Bobby: She is doing much better.

Stephanie: That's good news. I'm sure you miss them.

Bobby: Oh, yes, uh, very much. Uh, maybe someday.

Stephanie: Maybe someday. Well, when you talk to them again, please give her my best.

Bobby: Thank you, Mrs. Forrester.

Stephanie: Good to see you. (Sighs)

Donna: Stephanie.

Stephanie: (Sighs)

Donna: What are you doing here?

Stephanie: Oh, I just came to see my children. It's still Forrester Creations, not Logan company yet.

Donna: (Chuckles)

Bridget: All right, it's all right. You can have the beer. (Chuckles)

Nick: Where is that coming from?

Bridget: You just seem so quiet.

Nick: That's 'cause I just can't really believe this is happening.

Bridget: Me, either.

Bridget: Can you feel that? (Chuckles)

Nick: Yeah.

Bridget: That it's happening.

Eric: Look, I know you want to be helpful, but this is depressing. It's actually depressing.

Katie: Oh, well, I think you need all the information.

Eric: Okay.

Donna: I want to know why Stephanie is allowed in this building.

Eric: What, is she still out there?

Donna: Well, she was. Eric, she's our enemy.

Eric: Donna, look. Look, she-

Donna: No, no, no. There's no other word for this. I mean, she is attacking the family, she's attacking the company, and she's not even being subtle about this.

Eric: I don't think it's even Stephanie. I'm convinced that it's Bill Spencer. He's using her.

Donna: And when has Stephanie ever allowed herself to be used? I mean, please don't excuse her.

Eric: (Sighs)

Katie: I don't know, Donna. Bill seems like the type of man who's used to getting what he wants. If he has to use someone in the process, I don't think he'd have a problem with it. We need a strategy to get him to back off. Do you have something in mind?

Donna: No. No.

Eric: She's right, Donna. I mean, if you have any idea how to get Bill Spencer, uh, you know, let us know what it is.

Stephanie: Bill, we need to talk. I've made a decision. I don't want to continue with the web site.

Bill: You what?

Stephanie: I've made a decision. I don't want to continue "The Logan Chronicles," the blogs, the web site, any of that. Look, my--my fight with Eric an-and the company is over.

Eric: So what about that, Donna? You seem to have an idea about how to get back at Bill Spencer. What about that?

Donna: You know, I don't even want to think about Bill Spencer. He's a horrible person, and I want nothing to do with him.

Eric: Well, neither do I, but I feel for Stephanie. The fact is she's desperate. She feels abandoned by her family. And--and she's just-- she's angry. She's hurt. She's lashing out.

Donna: Airing our dirty laundry on the internet, Eric-- there's no excuse for that.

Eric: Donna, sheís desperate. She feels abandoned. She doesn't know what to do and--and Spencer is taking advantage of that. (Sighs) I donít think even Stephanie knows what she's in for with him

Bill: Let me guess. You talked to Eric. He got to you.

Stephanie: Actually, I spoke to my children, and they got to me.

Bill: Hmm.

Stephanie: This whole situation has been very painful for them.

Bill: Well, no pain, no gain. They'll forgive you if you turn the company over to them. Let's remember our goal. I buy Forrester Creations at a hugely discounted price, and then in all probability, I sell it to you. Your internet blitz and "Logan Chronicles" have done their job. Now it's time to turn up the heat.

Stephanie: (Laughs) Well, what do you mean?

Bill: Well, you're ex-husband he--he's not the brightest bulb in the lighthouse. The company's in shambles. He doesn't have the killer instinct to go for the jugular.

Stephanie: You're right. He doesn't have a killer instinct. He's a good-hearted man, and he's loved and respect by his employees.

Bill: Because of his very soft heart, right?

Stephanie: Soft heart?

Bill: Yeah. Is-isn't that what you said? Uh, let me see here. Yes, uh, "Ericís strength is also his weakness. A warm and generous heart can cloud one's decisions... lead to trouble professionally, politically, even legally." What were you talking about, Stephanie?

Stephanie: Nothing in particular.

Bill: Well, it had to be something. You made a point of writing about it.

Stephanie: Oh, well, as you know, melodrama sells.

Bill: Yeah, well, that may be, but you were alluding to something. Formalities, irregularities, legalities-- what is it, Stephanie? Is Eric cooking the books? A little creative accounting? Maybe some tax fraud here and there?

Stephanie: My goodness. Don't be ridiculous.

Bill: And you're protecting him.

Stephanie: And why would I do that?

Bill: Why, indeed. It's a mystery to me. You've had one goal in mind.

Stephanie: You're right, but things have changed. I told you. I spoke to my children, and this has not made them happy.

Bill: Yeah, I know. I heard you. But the fact is that you still want to gain control of that company for them. That hasn't changed. But the game is getting a little bit ugly for you. You don't want to give me the dirt on Eric.

Stephanie: There isn't any dirt to give you. I--you're--look, you're right. He's not a brilliant businessman. He is the creative force of the company, but he's always simply tried to help people that might be in need. I mean, that's been his guiding principle, his--professionally, personally, his whole life.

Bill: Mm-hmm. Good. Good. Good for him. He's, uh, he's a real Boy Scout. Helping people in need. A big heart that can get him into trouble professionally, legally-- all code words for "secret," and I've got a feeling it's a biggie.

Stephanie: Oh, give it up, Bill.

Bill: Stephanie, you need to give it up. What do you know that we can use to bring Eric to his knees?

Stephanie: I don't want to bring Eric to his knees.

Bill: Well, that's too bad, because I do.

Bridget: You definitely haven't lost your touch.

Nick: As long as I'm touching you, that's all that matters.

Bridget: "Mr. Charm."

Nick: "Mr. Lucky."

Bridget: I'm starting to think I'm the lucky one.

Nick: Let's just say we're both lucky.

Bridget: Can we be lucky for the rest of our lives?

Nick: I'm good with that.

(Door opens)

Ridge: Hope we're not interrupting.

Eric: No, Donna and were just talking.

Thorne: Well, we came to give you some good news.

Eric: Good. I could use some of that. What is it?

Ridge: We were just with Mother. She's decided to stop this attack against Forrester.

Eric: What, really?

Ridge: Yes, really. No more blogs. No more web site. No more "Logan Chronicles." It's over. All of it.

Eric: (Sighs)

Donna: She finally came to her senses.

Eric: Well, hallelujah. What changed her mind?

Felicia: We did, Daddy. We just helped her see that she was hurting you and us more than anyone else.

Thorne: And the last thing she wants to do is upset the family, Dad.

Eric: I was wondering how long it was gonna take her to realize that.

Ridge: Yeah, well, she does now.

Eric: Where is she? I want to talk to her.

Ridge: She's on her way to tell Spencer.

Bill: Eric's vulnerable. You've admitted it. Now if it's not something financial, then it has to be..

Bill: The fashion industry. All those loving, loyal employees. So many cutters and sewers, tailors, many of them not born in this country, isn't that true? People in need-- desperate to provide for their families. Am I getting warmer?

Stephanie: Listen to me, Bill. Don't pursue this. If you do, how will we be able to work together as partners?

Bill: Partners? (Laughs) Is that what you thought? We were going to be partners?

Stephanie: Isn't that the purpose of our alliance?

Bill: You want to back out of our alliance. Isn't that what you said?

Stephanie: No, I said I don't want to continue hurting my children. Look, when I came here ostensibly to see Karen-- it turns out to be you-- I was looking for a venue. I wanted an opportunity to air some dirty linen that had gone on between myself and the Logan girls.

Bill: Yes, an--an outlet to air your grievances. I gave you that. You wanted to hurt the company. You did. You assaulted it on your web site and in your "Logan Chronicles." You hammered the company. You've weakened it to a point. But now I believe you've given me the brass key, one that I can use to lock Eric behind bars. Now isn't that what you've always wanted?

Stephanie: No, I just wanted to set the record... straight. You want Forrester Creations for yourself. That why you're here in L.A.

Bill: Your sister Karen mentioned that the company was in chaos, torn apart by internal strife. Now as it happens, Forrester Creations is a company that I have always coveted. Oh, uh, she also told me that you were very angry, and I happen to know from personal experience that anger is an incredible motivator.

Stephanie: You've been using me.

Bill: My business in L.A. is about one thing-- acquiring Forrester Creations. I imagine it's been a while since somebody's gotten the better of you, huh, Stephanie? I'll tell you, it feels pretty good. With your help, I'm going to succeed. Forrester Creations will not be Ericís, it will not be yours, and it will not be the Logans'. Forrester Creations will be mine.

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