B&B Transcript Thursday 10/28/10

The Bold and The Beautiful Transcript Thursday 10/28/10

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Susan Flannery: Welcome to a very special episode of "The Bold and the Beautiful." We are in downtown Los Angeles, in the area known as Skid Row. The folks interviewed today are not actors. They are the real people who live in this inspirational community.

Dayzee: Well, you ready to talk to some people?

Stephanie: Well, you think they'll talk to me?

Dayzee: Well, some of them will, but not all of 'em.

Stephanie: You know, I don't want to be pushy. I-I don't want 'em to think I'm putting my nose in their business.

Dayzee: Oh, gosh, Stephanie, no. Most people will be glad that you came out. Too many people act like this place doesn't exist.

Stephanie: Yeah. (Sighs)

Dayzee: You okay?

Stephanie: Oh, I'm fine. Listen, I don't think this cancer is done with me yet, so maybe we better hurry up...

Dayzee: (Chuckles)

Stephanie: And get moving real fast. (Chuckles) Okay?

Brooke: Taylor. Just the person I wanted to see.

Taylor: Oh, really? How gracious of you.

Brooke: Come in.

Taylor: Where's Stephanie?

Brooke: She's not here.

Taylor: I thought she was discharged today.

Brooke: She's not available.

Taylor: And she posted you at the door to inform family members of that?

Brooke: Why don't you just cut to the chase and call me a sick, depraved predator again.

Taylor: Because I really don't want to be slapped today. I don't even know what you're doing here. My dear friend just got out of the hospital, and I'm here to see her.

Brooke: Well, if she was here, you'd be able to see her. But she's not, so...

Taylor: (Scoffs) Did she have to be readmitted?

Brooke: No. She's just out.

Taylor: Out? (Laughs) This woman just had a quarter of her lung removed, and you just tell me she's just out?

Brooke: So you're saying there could be some complications?

Taylor: Well, yes. That's why the hospital would like to get her discharged early, because she is susceptible to infection.

Brooke: But outdoors would be okay?

Taylor: I don't know. I don't know. Maybe if she wanted to go sit in a park or something, but I personally wouldn't advise that, especially, you know, right now. She shouldn't be around big crowds of people.

Brooke: Oh.

Taylor: What?

Brooke: Well... (sighs) she went downtown with Dayzee again. Sh--she wants to donate money. And when she gets better, she wants to donate her time to the people of Skid Row. But before she does that, she just wants to know who she's dealing with. So Dayzee set up some interviews.

Taylor: You're serious?

Brooke: Yes, I am.

Dayzee: Mrs. Forrester, this is Kevin. Kevin, this is Mrs. Forrester. Kevin runs the shelter.

Stephanie: Oh, hi. How are you?

Kevin: How are you?

Stephanie: Please call me, uh, Stephanie.

Kevin: Well, Stephanie, it's nice to meet you. Thanks for coming down and paying us a visit. I see you're already hangin' with good people. Dayzee here is our flower of the asphalt.

Stephanie: (Chuckles)

Dayzee: Mnh-mnh.

Stephanie: I already know that.

Dayzee: (Laughs) Well, Stephanie wanted to help out, but she wanted to meet and chat with some of the people first.

Kevin: Oh, well, that's great 'cause every single one of us can make a difference.

Dayzee: People don't realize that. I mean, they wanna pass by and just pray that we don't ask for spare change.

Kevin: You know, if people just stopped and understood that these are real people with real stories.

Stephanie: Of course they are. I just--if it's okay, I really just want to talk to them and meet them and see if there's isn't some way I could help.

Kevin: Well, I've already spoken with a few of the folks. Some are cool sittin' down and talkin' with you. Let's start.

Stephanie: All right.

Dayzee: (Chuckles)

Taylor: You just allowed Stephanie to run off with Dayzee?

Brooke: Dayzee is an apprentice at a mission. She knows most everybody there. I'm sure they'll be safe.

Taylor: Where are they?

Brooke: Downtown is all she said. This really has opened up a whole new world for her, Taylor. Dayzee gave me this booklet, and it says that there are 50,000 people in Los Angeles county that are homeless on any given night.

Taylor: Well, I'm one of the first to say how much I admire Stephanie’s ambition to help these people, but I just don't think this is the right time. I think she needs to be thinking about herself.

Brooke: The thing is, I think that's what she's doing. This is what she needs, Taylor. It's better than medicine. When you think about it, what does a week look like in Stephanie’s life? I mean, she may come to work and tell us all how to run the business or take one of the grandchildren to lunch, have a meeting at the museum or the opera auxiliary. You know, all those people, she can't talk to. She mentions stage four lung cancer, and they would faint dead away. They would treat her like she was practically in the grave.

Taylor: I suppose it does bring up our own fears about mortality.

Brooke: She's met a lot of interesting people through Dayzee, people she wouldn't normally come across in her normal, day-to-day Beverly Hills life, people that are struggling. They're trying to get back up on their feet. They're finding community. They're having a tough time, but they're doing it. They're surviving. And they don't feel sorry for themselves. And they don't feel sorry for Stephanie either. To them, she's not a dying woman or a woman with cancer. She's just a woman that is fighting for her life, fighting a battle every single day. She's like them, a kindred spirit.

Kevin: Well, some of them may seem a little shy at first, but they'll give you an earful, believe me.

Stephanie: Okay. Great.

Kevin: Oh, see, Reverend Thomas is here. Excuse me, Reverend Thomas?

Reverend Thomas: Yeah?

Kevin: I'd like to introduce you to Miss Stephanie Forrester.

Reverend Thomas: Hi.

Stephanie: Hi. How are you, Reverend Thomas?

Kevin: She'd like to talk to you.

Reverend Thomas: Doing wonderful. Good meeting you.

Stephanie: Oh, I'm so happy to hear that. Can't we sit and talk for a minute?

Reverend Thomas: Of course.

Stephanie: That'd be great. This is such a wonderful and unusual experience for me. What do you think the main problem is with people ending up homeless? I know everybody always assumes that it's drugs and alcohol, but it's not necessarily that, is it?

Reverend Thomas: No, not necessarily. It's actually a very complicated issue. I've found that many of the people that I, uh, minister to have been abused, physically and sexually as children, and I think that, um, part of the problem has been that that abuse put them on a different sort of path that ultimately ended up at homelessness and, in some cases, in Skid Row.

Woman: I came down here because of a divorce. I had suffered my third nervous breakdown.

Stephanie: Mm-hmm.

Woman: And I got involved with a man that was very abusive, and, um, well, he locked me up in a closet at the frontier. I met another Cuban man who actually put, um, chains on the door.

Stephanie: Mm.

Woman: So... but, um, I'm okay now, 'cause I met...

Stephanie: Now what group-- now what group did you go to that helped you? Or how did you find yourself able to get out of that cycle?

Woman: Well, you know, everything--a lot of times, we look outside of ourselves to find things, you know, but everything you need is already inside of you. So I looked within myself and found love and started loving myself, you know, and developing self-love and self-worth.

Stephanie: Self-esteem?

Woman: Yeah, self-esteem. And Skid Row provided a safe haven for me.

Man: At 12 years old, they took me away from my parents. And from there, they end up putting me into a foster home. By the time I was 18, I went back home to my mother, and it was like mother already had a lot of kids. I-I mean, I'm the oldest of eight, so there was no room. So when I came back home, she was like, "you can't stay here." I-I didn't have nowhere else to go.

Stephanie: Sure.

Man: I really didn't, and it hurt me, and I cried. So I tried to get an apartment, trying to work two jobs, security job, whatever. It was hard.

Stephanie: I admire your strength and perseverance.

Taylor: Well, I have to say, I'm very impressed by--by your sensitivity and your insight into something that the medical field basically--I don't know, they sort of underplay it. It is true that the human spirit and its drive to overcome adversity is mostly what's responsible for a person's healing.

Brooke: Stephanie has chosen life and decided to undergo treatment because of Dayzee and her friends.

Taylor: Well, they sound like a very special group of people.

Brooke: From what I've seen, they are.

Stephanie: Are the majority of the people that live on the streets, is that--is--are there some of them that are there because of the economy, because they just have lost a job, or...

Man: Um, lost. Just no direction, no--no guidance, no--no faith and belief that there's anything solid or concurrent that...

Stephanie: They can grasp onto.

Man: Is worth anything. Yeah. You know, that--that--that there's no interest. There--there's--because there's lack of, first of all, for lack of God. And then because of that lack of God, there's lack of oneself, and then from oneself, there's just nothing there. So you go with whatever makes you happy, you know, and most of that time, it's something destructing, you know, something that's gonna destroy you, that--that's gonna make it worse because on that offset, it's fun and, like, can always be fun.

Stephanie: Right.

Man: You know, and then-- then there's, uh, the--the-- a lot of people who are just sick of the rat race, you know, the--the dictation of that rat race and just ran away because they're just not-- can't take that 9:00 to 5:00, can't cope, you know. And then they find carousing and drugs and alcohol and--and then once again, they're lost.

Man: I help people multiple ways. I try to tell 'em drugs ain't good for 'em. You just try to give 'em hope because I think they all lost it.

Stephanie: Did you, um, did you ever use?

Man: No.

Stephanie: No?

Man: N-never was a user, no.

Stephanie: No? That's great.

Man: But substance hurt me. I mean, I'm--I'm a victim of substance abuse...

Stephanie: Substance abuse.

Man: Most definitely, because it hurted me just because I didn't have a mother or a father, due to substance abuse.

Stephanie: No. When people-- when people use drugs or drink alcohol, they're not present, are they?

Man: Exactly. Exactly.

Stephanie: Yeah. So you're kind of alone. Yeah.

Man: Right.

Man: Bam. Bam!

Stephanie: It's amazing to me how many people here give back. They don't just sort of pack their bags and leave and go off. A lot of them stay to help other people. When you look around and you see how much has to be done and--and--and you say to yourself, "how is this possible in this country, this wealthy nation, that we can't take care of everyone here?" It's just amazing to me that we somehow let people slip through the cracks when they shouldn’t.

Man: Yeah. Well, you know, that's the beauty of this place, though. I began to see this community with a new pair of glasses. And I saw how even if you're homeless, it don't means that you're hopeless or helpless. So people that I've met here have taught me so much, and I'm so grateful to be here, and I'm so grateful that you're here.

Stephanie: Thank you, Kevin.

Kevin: Bye-bye.

Stephanie: Thank you so much. If people come to you, to your church, do you minister to homeless people down here, as well as--as your congregation?

Reverend Thomas: Everybody in the community.  Our motto is "all are welcome."

(Upbeat music playing)

Reverend Thomas: We minister to homeless people, residents. Uh, it doesn't matter to us from what walk of life they come. What we try to do is try to promote unity in the community, and whether that be with-- internally or externally. In other words, social solidarity, uh, and empowerment. So we want to see people become empowered. That you are enlightened, a man that sees himself in a mirror. You oughta go back to the mirror and look at that person who you used to love, the person who had dreams and hopes. But it is not too late for you. It is not over yet. As long as you are still alive, you can be what you want to be.

Stephanie: Boy, what would we do without you? What would the community do?

Reverend Thomas: Well, the community is hard to envision without our church.

Stephanie: Without this, this structure.

Reverend Thomas: It's such a vibrant and vital part of the community. And the people in the community love our church.

Stephanie: How they could not with such a wonderful person like you.

Reverend Thomas: Well, thank you.

Stephanie: And I hope in some way we can come and help you.

Reverend Thomas: I hope so. Thank you very much.

Stephanie: Thanks for taking the time.

Reverend Thomas: Oh, you're welcome. Thank you.

Man: This is a-a real neighborhood with long-term residents...

Stephanie: It's a real community. It's a village.

Man: Yeah. Who do things to create more community.

Stephanie: Yes.

Man: This is a very vibrant neighborhood of people who are, uh, helping themselves and one another.

Woman: I have a-- an organization called garments of praise, where I find the gifts, talents, and abilities within others and bring them out and provide a platform for them. And I also have a, um, women's empowerment organization because I believe education is empowerment.

Stephanie: It is, isn't it?

Woman: Yes.

Stephanie: Get kids in school, keep them in school, get them an education.

Woman: Yes.

Stephanie: Without an education, you can't even begin to think.

Woman: Right. Right. Right.

Stephanie: That's fabulous. How did you become aware of Skid Row?

Man: You know, over the years as a--as a child, um, you know, it hur-- you know, you hear about, uh, Skid Row in the--in the media, and so you have this--this-- this negative imagery. And it's funny because everything about my past actually prepared me for--

Stephanie: Led you here?

Man: To--to--actually just prepared me for my work here. And so, you know, because at--at the age of 19, when I was in college, I had cancer, so I--

Stephanie: Oh, you did? So you're a cancer survivor?

Man: Yeah, a cancer survivor. Mine was Hodgkin’s Disease. You know, I had chemotherapy for like--the first time was one and a half years. It went into remission. A couple years later, it came back. And I did two more years of chemo. And, uh, now I'm, you know...

Stephanie: You're clean.

Man: At that 10-year window.

Stephanie: Congratulations.

Man: Thank you so much.

Stephanie: That's so great.

Man: I did a book called "Peace-n-hood" about a dog and cat who get together. So I wrote that book. Also, I started an association called Old Jesus Service Association. I deal mostly with kids.

Stephanie: Right.

Man: Okay, I don't too much deal with people 20 and 30, 'cause they don't want to listen. And kids, you know--

Stephanie: You can still shape them.

Man: Yes. So I came out to do a tournament. It was gonna be more than just a game. But what happened was gang members came from all over, 'cause basically, our--our-- the league is about gang intervention, about recovery, about mentorship. You know, so the league is built on respect. That's why Blood-- in this part right here, you're gonna see Bloods and Crips from different gangs playing right here...

Stephanie: Wow.

Man: On the same team.

Stephanie: And the kids get to see that.

Man: And they get to see it. So you mentor, whether you like it or not. When you're on the court arguing, you're mentoring, whether you like it or not. So if you do the right thing, you're teaching. If you do the wrong thing, you're still gonna teach 'em.

Stephanie: That's fantastic. May I say congratulations? And I hope you--I mean, really, from my heart, that's just great.

Man: Thank you very much.

Stephanie: It's so nice to meet you and spend some time and learn so many wonderful things from you. Thanks.

Man: Thank you very much.

Stephanie: I want you to teach me and show me everything. I want to learn as much as I can.

Dayzee: You're really committed to this.

Stephanie: 100%. Some of these people and what they've been through, it's just astounding. In a way, it's oddly uplifting. I mean, I feel as though I've been given an opportunity to do something, to help.

Stephanie: It was very kind of you to share your story.

Man: Thank you. God bless.

Stephanie: And--no, God bless you. And best of luck n everything.

Man: Okay.

Man: You can't stop dreaming.

Stephanie: If you don't dream...

Man: Exactly.

Stephanie: You can't live.

Man: And I shoot for the stars.

Man: Speak up.

Stephanie: Hi.

Man: He's shy still.

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