The Bold & The Beautiful Update Monday 12/17/01
Okay, I thought Hunter Tylo would be back by now, but I guess her new contract is in the process of starting.
I guess Rick is in his office, but all the offices look so similar. I can tell it’s downstairs in Thorne’s department. Why isn’t Rick studying for exams? Man, my life was totally on hold for that week, well except for writing these recaps. Hah. Anyway he’s busily going over some figures and in walks Amber. She’s got lunch for him, but she promises she’s taking it easy. Rick asks her to stay and eat with him. Ooh and she made it just like he likes it, extra lettuce and no tomato. Lettuce to me is just water, but tomato is great. How could you not like tomatoes? Oh well..They sit down and eat.
Amber asks Rick why he’s working down here now. Thorne wanted Rick to go over some purchase orders, but these aren’t orders for dresses and stuff, more like material and fabric. As we all know Thorne is in the material department. Amber asks him if this is what he wants to do. Rick isn’t sure. He liked the marketing department (the one he previously worked in), but this stuff is interesting too. It is? I worked in a bookstore and I had to order books and stuff. It was the most boring job I’ve ever had. But hey important jobs aren’t always fun. Amber thinks what he’s doing just looks like a bunch of numbers. Rick breaks down what they do down there into 3 steps: look at sales projections to know how much material to order, find the best/cheapest company to buy from, and arrange for the shipping of the material. Eh, not too bad. Amber says she’s already lost. Hmm..okay?. Amber says that what the Forresters do is quite fascinating. Rick had no idea she felt this way. Rick asks her what she’d want to do. Well when Amber was younger she used to make her own clothes. I guess that would make her a designer. She admits some of it was outrageous, but some of it was cool. Rick thinks she’d make a great designer. Rick gets a buzz and has to go sign for a shipment that has just come in. Amber eyes a sketchpad and gives it a whirl.
Amber’s working on a sketch and wow it looks pretty good. I would fail miserably at that seeing as how I can’t draw to save my life. Rick comes back in and is impressed by the sketch. I hope Amber doesn’t pull a Morgan and fall off her chair. Apparently Amber spent most of her free time in Furnace Creek either singing or drawing. Yeah she had to do something to keep from going insane. Rick says she should work at Forrester. Amber says with Brooke around she’d have a better chance working at Spectra. Hah! Besides she’s busy taking care of Rick and the kids right now. Yeah, but she has a natural talent. Hmm, oh the possibilities.
Amber goes off in la-la land as Rick works/eats. She daydreams about having her own line of clothes. She’s at a fashion shoot with the runway and everything. Throw in the weird music and out of focus shots and we’re all the way there. Rick comes out and introduces the designer “Ambrosia Forrester.” I like her designs, but clothes shouldn’t drag the ground. Amber comes out and the audience throws roses at her and then someone gives her a bouquet. She looks like she’s just won a pageant or something. Then this cameraman on crack takes her picture. Okay come back to the real world Amber. She realizes she’s being silly and that can never happen.
Massimo tells Stephanie that she can’t shut him out. She has to make a decision either he gets to be with Ridge or her. Stephanie says she wishes there was someway to make this easier, but he can’t have Ridge and it would be preposterous for him to have her. Stephanie expects him to stay away and wants to know what positive effect the truth could have on Ridge’s life. Duh! Massimo could give him his company and he could do so many things with it. You know, things like end world hunger and the crises in the Middle East. Nah, Ridge already has a company. Massimo reminds her that Brooke Logan owns 51% of the stock, so technically it couldn’t be his. In fact, he’s just an employee there. Stephanie counters that he will succeed Eric. Well so he’ll get the majority of Eric’s stock? Well, not quite because the stock is for all the children. Oh boy, there are plenty of Forrester heirs running around. Massimo asks Stephanie if she is okay with the fact that Ridge is getting a small piece of the pie at Forrester instead of a fortune from him. He makes a good point.
Stephanie counters that Ridge will take over once Eric retires. How will that happen if Brooke doesn’t step down? Okay she meant he’d be the head designer. This is a family business and is none of his business. He says if it affects his son it most certainly is his business. Stephanie tells him that Ridge’s future is quite secure. Massimo thinks that is good and asks how their estate planning is going. Stephanie just looks at him. Oops, they kind of haven’t done that yet. Massimo laughs that this is typical of Eric. He gives half his fortune to Brooke, so he might as well give the rest to the government. Stephanie tells him the company was built for the kids so it’ll be all right. Massimo wants to know if this includes Rick and Bridget. If it does, Ridge will get a tiny sliver of the company. Stephanie looks like she never thought about that before. Uh-oh.
Massimo says that Eric’s financial plan is foolish at best. Massimo says plenty of successful companies have fallen after the creator dies and the heirs can’t agree on anything. Stephanie claims that won’t happen with them. Think that one through Stephanie. If you got all the Forrester kids in one room I bet there would be conflict. It’s bad enough they have a huge age range, but they don’t all have the same mother either! She says the other kids know Ridge is in charge. Massimo asks if the other kids like Thorne, Kristen, and Felicia will want to have an input. Stephanie first says they won’t then changes her mind and says they might, but it’s never been a problem before. That’s because Eric and Stephanie are there to have the last word. They can settle all conflicts because they are in charge. If everyone has an equal share, who makes the decisions? They’ll have to vote on everything. The only stabilizing factor will be Brooke because she’ll have absolute power. Stephanie doesn’t think Brooke will do anything stupid, but can she really be trusted? Massimo thinks they should give the majority of the shares to Ridge. The other kids will get smaller shares, but if Ridge runs the company, they’ll be worth more and it’ll even out. Stephanie actually agrees with him on this. Stephanie says she’ll take care of it, but he needs to stay out of it. Massimo agrees, but if Eric doesn’t show Ridge the respect he deserves, he will get involved.
In his office, Eric opens a bottle of champagne with Thorne, Ridge, Megan, and two random models. Nice models though. Thorne’s reading aloud part of the article written about Ridge in “Eye on Fashion.” Ridge is very modest and is kind of embarrassed. Thorne tells him this is a big deal and Eric can’t remember a more flattering article in the magazine. Everyone toasts to Ridge’s success in the fashion industry. Happy time.
Eric reads a little blurb from the article on Ridge. Ridge tells him to put that away. He thinks the article is a little misleading. After all, Eric is still in charge. True, but Ridge has designed the most successful collections for the company. He’s taking Forrester Creations where it needs to go. Eric says this is a father’s dream. To have your children follow in your footsteps is a wonderful thing. That’d be true for good jobs only. Eric says he’s proud of him. Aww, poor Thorne. Kinda left out there.
Eric is all alone in his office now and he’s looking at a sketch when the door shuts. It’s Stephanie and she has to talk to him now.
Oh geez. Let the conflict begin. Stephanie suggests they sit down with Jonathan and the other lawyers and do some estate planning. Eric says he’s already been doing that, but just preliminary things. Stephanie thinks she should be there too. Well, every year they’ve been giving the kids stock as presents so it’s going to work out all the same. So all four kids will get equal shares? Well no, more like all six kids. Stephanie doesn’t think that is fair. Yeah it is, they all get a 6th of the company. Stephanie thought he wanted Ridge to take over the company. Yes, he has been slowly taking over the company over the years. Stephanie thinks he should be compensated for that. He gets a huge salary Stephanie. No she means a bigger piece of the pie. He’s carried the design load for a long time so it seems fair. Eric counters that the company is meant to be a legacy for the kids. Well, Rick and Bridget aren’t her children. Stephanie says they need to reassess the situation and take into account Ridge’s contributions. Eric says the stock will be split evenly and that’s all there is to it. Oh boy, this isn’t going to end here.
Massimo’s on the phone with Heidi. He asks her if it’s all arranged. Yep. Whatever it is, it’s out of the ordinary. It’s for Ridge and it’s important. Ridge is going to hear what he has to say. Massimo writes Ridge’s name on the front of an envelope. Man, Massimo’s handwriting is just about as bad as mine. We both could have been great doctors.
Megan gives Ridge a package that was sent for him. I know it’s from Mass because I recognize the awful handwriting. Ridge notices it is warm and it smells funny, but Megan doesn’t have a clue where it’s from. Ridge opens it up and is surprised/furious. Of course we don’t get to see it. I’m curious as to what Mass sent him.
See you tomorrow!