The Bold and The Beautiful Transcript Wednesday 12/17/14
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Eric: You want me to sign this?
Rick: It would mean a lot -- a leap of faith on your part.
Eric: But if I sign this, I lose any leverage I have with this company.
Rick: Dad, you are the company. You always have been. And because of your generosity, you don't own the majority of the company any longer. But you do own the voting rights.
Eric: And it would give you final say about everything.
Rick: Does that worry you? Dad, everything you said to me about leadership and getting over my anger for Caroline and ridge -- I took that to heart. You were right. I've changed.
Eric: Yes, you have.
Rick: Dad, I'm ready. I don't want to pressure you in any way, but I want to run this company with Caroline into the future, and it's awfully hard to do when I have ridge plotting to undermine me. I think you could understand that, right?
Justin: We need a meeting. I don't think that's gonna be a problem, but a face-to-face with the union is a must. Hello! Hello!
Bill: Yeah. Fine. Whatever. Face-to-face.
Justin: You're not with me.
Bill: Something's going on with her.
Justin: Are you just figuring that out? Brooke has been gone for a while now.
Bill: I'm not talking about Brooke. It's Katie.
Katie: I hope I didn't pull you away from anything important.
Ridge: Thank you. No, just another one of Rick's meetings.
Katie: What are you working on?
Ridge: Mm! Oh. Here. Let me show you. It's just a start, but... here.
Katie: Wow. It's... it's beautiful.
Ridge: It's good, right?
Ridge: See how the lines are kind of slimming through the waist and it's, uh...? It's just a start, but it's -- it's good.
Katie: Did you do this by yourself?
Ridge: No. Um...Caroline and I are working together again. Rick and my dad -- they insisted on it.
Katie: And how do you feel about that?
Maya: That's a mood change. What's the matter?
Rick: My dad didn't sign the papers.
Maya: Then you don't have control over the company?
Rick: No, not yet.
Maya: And we have to continue this ridiculous charade?
Rick: Speaking of which... you can't be coming in here, kissing me like that. What if Caroline would have walked in -- or anyone, for that matter?
Maya: I'd tell them I was desperate to seduce you, which I am, and that you resisted.
Rick: I'm serious. I have to play this out. I am completely loyal to my wife.
Maya: How long, Rick?
Rick: Sooner than you think. I'm calling a meeting. You and I are about to put on a show.
Justin: So, there's something going on with Katie. I thought you were talking about Brooke.
Bill: I try not to do that.
Justin: No word from Milan?
Bill: Not since she left. She hasn't returned my calls. Totally cut me out of her life.
Justin: And then there's Katie.
Ridge: I only want what's best for Caroline.
Katie: And what do you think that is?
Ridge: I-I don't know. I... I just want her to be happy, you know, and do the work that I know she's capable of doing and not feel awkward or -- or constrained in some way. What's going on?
Maya: I don't know, Rick.
Rick: You can do this, Maya. I have to convince my father that Caroline and I are for real, that I'm for real -- that I'm solid and trustworthy and all that.
Maya: How long do we have to play this game?
Rick: If we play it well, not long, and then I'll be in charge -- complete, irrevocable control. And then no one can tell me what I can and can't do or who I can and can't fire.
Justin: So, you're saying Katie is over there with ridge?
Bill: That's my guess. She was having a spread laid out when I left fit for a seduction.
Justin: Well, they are engaged.
Bill: Forrester's a pig, all right? Katie deserves better than that loser.
Justin: This is more than just a friendly concern for your ex-wife.
Justin: You want her back.
Katie: It's falling apart.
Ridge: Then let's do something about it.
Katie: Yeah, I think that's what tonight is all about. It's been an amazing journey, hasn't it?
Ridge: It's been a beautiful journey.
Katie: I want you to know that I love the way you treat my son.
Ridge: I love him. He's a cool kid.
Katie: And he feels the same way about you. But I have to do right by him. I have to do what's right for me, too.
Ridge: Of course you do.
Katie: Rick and your father want you and Caroline to continue working together, and you should. You should, because... you're phenomenal together.
Ridge: Katie, what are you doing?
Katie: No, no. I-I-I need to finish this. You came in to my life at the right time, and I was there for you at the right time, and when you talk about your work, this light goes on inside of you. And it's not because of me.
Ridge: I'll always be grateful to Caroline. She helped me draw again. It's a big deal.
Katie: It's more than just gratitude, isn't it? Do you love her?
Carter: The numbers continually trend upwards.
Eric: That's excellent. How is that next installment coming?
Caroline: Ridge and I are working on it.
Rick: The trend should continue. Your work has been phenomenal.
Caroline: Thank you.
Rick: I only wish ridge was here. He deserves some congrats.
Eric: I have to say, this is all very encouraging.
Rick: It's all about the numbers.
Eric: No, it's more than that. It's your attitude, Rick. I couldn't be more pleased.
Rick: Thank you, dad.
Eric: So, is that it? Are we done here?
Rick: Actually, there is one more thing. Could you please send her in?
Maya: You wanted to see me?
Rick: Ah, Maya. Come in.
Caroline: What is she doing here?
Rick: Maya, you've been a great asset to this company, and I think I speak for all of us in telling you just how much we appreciate your efforts. But I think it's time that you move in a different direction. Caroline is the future of Forrester. As CEO, I have to do everything in my power to ensure that her position's conducive to the important role that she plays. I hope you understand.
Maya: Wait. Are you firing me?
Rick: You'll get a generous severance package, of course.
Rick: I can't have you working here any longer. Caroline is my wife. I'm sorry.
Bill: You're right. I want Katie back, okay? I said it. Call me an idiot.
Justin: Okay, idiot. I'm gonna tell you what you tell your sons -- do something about it.
Bill: It's too late.
Justin: It's never too late -- your mantra, not mine.
Bill: No. No, I waited too long... chasing a dream. All the while, it was right there in front of me -- beautiful wife and family. And now she's putting a life together with a dressmaker.
Katie: It's okay. Caroline gives you something that I can't.
Ridge: It's different. It's not the same thing.
Katie: You speak the same language. You feel the same things. You're artists. It's only natural that you would be drawn to each other.
Ridge: Katie... I love you.
Katie: And I love you, too. But it's not enough. I understand, ridge. I-I really do. And I'm not angry and I'm not blaming you for anything, and I would never, ever, ever tell you to stop working with Caroline, because this -- this -- this is who you are. This is what makes you happy, and I want more than anything for you to be happy. I'm gonna take this off.
Ridge: Please don't do that.
Katie: I -- it's okay. It really is, because I've known that this moment was coming. I was just trying to put it off for a little while longer.
Ridge: You don't have to do that.
Katie: I do... because I know how this ends, and I don't ever want to regret loving you. I don't ever want to regret being loved by you. You came in to my life at a time when I really needed to be loved by somebody, and I will never forget that. See? That wasn't so hard.
Ridge: I'm sorry.
Katie: I'm not.
Ridge: This thing with Caroline -- it's professional. We're working together.
Katie: I don't need you to lie to me to make me feel better. And I certainly don't want you to lie to yourself. I wish... so badly that I could be the one who inspires you... but I'm not. And that's just the truth. You can't change it, no matter how much you want to, because... it's the truth.
Ridge: I don't know what my truth is anymore.
Katie: Well, then, I hope you find it. Our time together has been magical -- the way we found each other, the way we opened our hearts to each other. And you have to know that I will never forget a single second of it.
Ridge: Neither will I.
Katie: [Chuckle softly]
Katie: "The fountains mingle with the river and the rivers with the ocean, the winds of heaven mix for ever with a sweet emotion. Nothing in this world is single; all things by a law divine in one spirit meet and mingle. Why not I with thine?"
Maya: You can't be doing this.
Rick: Please don't take this personally.
Maya: What am I supposed to do -- go back to waiting tables?!
Rick: We'll give you a good recommendation. I'm sure you can get a great job at another fashion house.
Maya: You can't be doing this. This is because of her. She made you do this!
Rick: No. Caroline, have we even discussed this?
Rick: This was my decision. This is the right decision. You made inflated allegations against Caroline and ridge. You disrupted our design team. I'm doing this for the good of the company, and I'm doing this for my wife.
Maya: I have committed myself to this company! Wasn't it bad enough that you dumped me, and now you're firing me?!
Rick: Maya, this isn't easy for me, either. I'm back together with my wife. You have to understand that I love her.
Maya: Look, I-I promise I won't be a problem for you. I will stay away from both of you.
Rick: You and I both know that's not gonna work. One of us has to go. It's not gonna be Caroline. It's certainly not gonna be me.
Eric: No, Rick. Maya stays.
Eric: I appreciate your devotion to the company and to your wife, but what happened between you and Maya took two. Maya does not lose her job over this.
Maya: Thank you, Eric.
Eric: Now, if there's nothing else, this meeting is adjourned.
Caroline: Thank you. Your loyalty to me -- I can't tell you what it means.
Rick: You deserve it. Every bit of it.
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