The Bold & The Beautiful Update Monday 5/24/04
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Prepare to die. Says Massimo to Deacon.
Brooke answers her door to find Eric there. Eric! What a nice surprise! Please come in. She says. Eric says he supposes that Hope is exhausted due to her very busy day. Word travels fast! Says Brooke. So you and Nick did it? You signed adoption papers? Says Eric. Yes, as soon as Nick and I are married, Hope will be a Marone. Says Brooke. Well I have to admit, I was hoping that you and Hope would always be Forresters, and this little one as well. Says Eric.
Brooke tells him thats what she wanted too, so much so that she had convinced herself that was what was happening. Hows Ridge. Asks Brooke. I think you know the answer to that. Says Eric. I just keep hurting him, and I just dont want to do that anymore. Says Brooke. Eric says that Ridge is back at Forrester, and he has his family there to help him. And so do you. Adds Eric. Yea, the Marones have been great. Says Brooke. Im not talking about the Marones. You will always be a part of my family as far as Im concerned. Says Eric. Really? Says Brooke. Yea, and I think I can prove that right now. Says Eric, heading for the door. Pat? He calls to someone outside. A gentleman steps to the door carrying an item on a hanger. Now I dont hand these out to just anyone. Says Eric as he brings the mysterious item to Brooke. As he unzips the garment bag, Brooke gasps in delight.
Jackie is pacing the living room, wondering what is going on between Massimo and Deacon in the study. “Quite a day, huh?” Says Nick. “It’s not over yet.” Says Jackie wringing her hands. “Do you realize that since I’ve met Brooke, I’ve become a Marone, I’ve gotten engaged, I have a son on the way, and now I’ve adopted a daughter?” Nick says with obvious pleasure.
“That’s nice Nicky.” Says Jackie, distracted. “Nice? Says Nick. “The drapes are nice Mother. This is my life, I was expecting at least a ‘swell’ out of you. Isn’t this what you’ve always wanted?” “I’m sorry darling; it’s what I’ve dreamed for you and more. Says Jackie. “I thought you’d be a bit more excited about this.” Says Nick, a bit disappointed. “I am excited, I’m just……just…..” Says Jackie, trailing off as she walks away. “What? What? You’re just what?” Says Nick. “I just don’t want anything to go wrong.” She says, as she attempts to peek in toward the study. Nick looks at her with a worried face.
“Massimo please!” Begs Deacon. “You scared?” Says Massimo menacingly. “Good. Feel it! Remember it! This is what happens if someone tries to cross me.” Says Massimo as he continues to hold the gun to Deacon’s head. “I haven’t done anything to you…I…..” Says Deacon, stopping mid-sentence and waiting to see what Massimo will do next. “I know.” Says Massimo as he takes the gun away.
“And now you never will!” He says, adding “Welcome to the family.” Deacon gasps with relief and shock.
“You made this for me?” Asks Brooke as she gazes at the dress. “Yes, I did.” Says Eric. “I hope you don’t mind.” “Mind? No, I don’t mind, it’s stunning!” Says Brooke. “Good, then I must say it’s fitting.” Brooke remarks that the way she’s growing she hopes it does fit. “Not to worry, I left lots of room for expansion.” Says Eric, adding, “Maybe not quite enough, but some.” Brooke laughs. “Eric, you didn’t have to do this.” She says. “No, but I wanted to.” Says Eric. “I know how it must have felt when Stephanie turned against you. But for what it’s worth, you still have my support. You and Ridge have gone your separate ways, and I think that’s really sad, but it doesn’t change how I feel.” “Me either.” Says Brooke.
“I love all of you, and I always will.” Eric takes her in his arms and they hug warmly.
Wrong? Says Nick, What exactly do you see going wrong here, Mother? Nothing, for you and Brooke, nothing. Says Jackie, turning to look at him. Oh, says Nick, this is still about the old man being mad at you for staying out all night. Says Nick. What do you think hes gonna do? Make you wear a big scarlet A to the wedding? He adds. Please dont joke! Says Jackie, and walks away again. You are really upset about this! Says Nick. Nicky, I just found him! Its .. She begins. Its not like your marriage is coming to an end or anything. Hell get over it, hes just making you sweat it out a little bit. Says Nick. Yea, I wish it were that simple. Says Jackie. Well it will be, where is he? Says Nick. Hes in the study, Says Jackie. With Deacon. Whats that all about? Asks Nick. Its not like they have anything in common. Probably just asking him for another chance. He adds. What? Says Jackie. For a job. Says Nick. Oh! Yea probably. Says Jackie. Nick says he cant help but feel sorry for Deacon, but Jackie tells him not to, that hes nothing but trouble. Mother, what is this all about, what do you think hes a bad influence? Says Nick. The old man can handle a small fry like Deacon Sharp, in fact Deacons the one you ought to be worried about! He adds. Jackie says she cant understand why Nick had to invite him there in the first place. Nick tells her hes just trying to fit in and to cut him a little slack. I think youve done enough of that for everybody. What were you thinking? Welcoming him into the family? She protests. Hes Hopes father, and I want him to be part of her life. Says Nick. I know, its just that you dont know what hes capable of. He could just turn our whole world upside down. Says Jackie, exasperated. When did you become such a pessimist? Asks Nick. The bottom line is, I didnt know my father growing up, and I dont want that for Hope. Now I love you, but youre just gonna have to get used to it. Youre gonna be seeing a lot more of Deacon Sharp. Jackie rolls her eyes.
Thats how you treat your family right? Says Deacon, nudging the muzzle of the gun away from his direction. I need to know that I can trust you. Says Massimo. You couldve just asked! Says Deacon, Ive told you over . WORDS!!! Screams Massimo, then adds quietly, are meaningless, actions are what matter. Then he slams his briefcase closed and says to Deacon, Todays your lucky day, Deacon. Shaking his finger at him. Because Im gonna show you how you can prove your loyalty. Ive got a job for you, a very important job.
What? Says Deacon. A job? You did say you were willing to do anything to be a part of my organization, right? Says Massimo. Well, that was before you put a gun to my face, yea. Says Deacon sarcastically. Ok, this is your one and only chance, Deacon. This assignment is one of a very sensitive nature. It is gonna require cunning, discretion, and above all, loyalty.” Says Massimo, pointing his finger. “See it struck me today that maybe you were the right man for this job. But, if you are not interested….” Begins Massimo. “Go on, tell me about the assignment.” Says Deacon. “Huh uh.” Says Massimo, “You tell me, are you in or are you out?” “I’m in.” Says Deacon. “Congratulations Deacon, you’re one of us.”
Says Massimo, extending his hand. Deacon shakes it, with a worried look on his face.
What is it with Deacon? Hes charmed even you! Says Jackie throwing her arms around with resignation. Dont be so hard on the guy Mother, you barely know him. Says Nick. I know all I need to know. Says Jackie walking away. Now you sound like Eric Forrester! Says Nick. What has Eric Forrester got to do with this? Says Jackie. Well obviously hes colored your opinion of Deacon. Eric was never able to give that man a second chance. I just happen to think this familys a bit more charitable. Arent we Mother? Says Nick. Jackie rolls her eyes and looks at the floor. Ill see ya. Says Nick, and walks out. Jackie begins pacing again, and says to herself, What could they be doing in there?
One hell of an initiation ceremony youve got there Massimo. Says Deacon. I trust I made my point. Says Massimo. Deacon asks him about the job. Massimo tells him its about his wife. What about your wife? Says Deacon. Well you two are already friends, sort of. Says Massimo. I wouldnt go that far. Says Deacon. Youll go further. Says Massimo. I want you to get her confidence. I want you to get her to be able to confide in you. And then I want you to come and report back to me. He says. What the hell do you want me spying on your wife for? Says Deacon. Why do you suppose? Shes been lying to me. She stayed out all night, claimed that she was drunk, too humiliated to come home and face me. He says. It could happen. God knows Ive done it before. Says Deacon. I have no doubt that she was drunk, she seems to be making a habit of it these days, but theres more to it see. She wasnt alone. And I want you to find out who .. Begins Massimo, but Deacon cuts him off. Whoa, whoa, Im not your guy! Says Deacon. Well I suppose I could hire a detective, but I think Ive got the right guy. Says Massimo. Massimo, your wife went to bat for me! Now youre asking me just to turn on Jackie? Says Deacon. So much for unbending loyalty. Says Massimo. Wait a second .just just Stumbles Deacon. No. Says Massimo. Dont worry about it, Ill get someone else. Wait a minute! Says Deacon. Get someone else? I have a lot of associates who would be only too happy to help me out says Massimo. You bring me in here, you put a gun to my head, now you cant just ask me to .. Begins Deacon. YES I CAN. Bellows Massimo. And I will. Massimo heads for the door to show Deacon out. Alright Massimo, Ill do it. If this is the only way I can prove my loyalty to you, then Im your guy. Says Deacon. Good! Says Massimo. Maybe this is the start of a real profitable association. Alright. Says Deacon quietly. Who do you think shes running around with? Youre acting as though you dont already know. Says Massimo. Massimo, how would I know who your wifes running around with? Says Deacon. Well, she hasnt exactly been subtle. Says Massimo. Who? Says Deacon. Eric Forrester. Says Massimo. Thats who you think? Says Deacon. Look, I dont have any proof, but thats where you come in. Says Massimo. Just out of curiosity, once I get this proof, what are you gonna do with it?” Asks Deacon. “You leave that to me.” Says Massimo. “That’s what I’m afraid of.” Says Deacon. “No, no, no, just remember one thing alright? You don’t say a word of this to Brooke, Dominick or anyone else.” Says Massimo. “I get the message, I definitely don’t want to be on your bad side.” Says Deacon. The both walk out of the study, as Massimo says “Nice talking with you Deacon.”
Just loud enough for Jackie to hear as she downs another glass of wine. “Yea, thank you so much for everything.” Says Deacon as they shake hands. Deacon walks over, takes Jackie’s hand and thanks her for her hospitality, and heads for the door. Massimo and Jackie both watch as he leaves. Then Jackie turns to Massimo and says, “So darling, what was all that about?” “What? That?” Says Massimo nodding to the study. “Uh huh.” Says Jackie. “I just did what everyone asked me to do, I welcomed him into the family.” Says Massimo with a smile. Jackie smiles like a deer caught in the headlights as Massimo walks away.
Is Shirley taking her nap? Asks Nick between kisses. Shirley? Says Brooke. Seriously, dont you think Hope looks a little like Shirley Temple? Says Nick. Brooke laughs. Nick suggests since theyre doing all the name swapping, they change her first name too. How bout we stick to Hope? Says Brooke. Ok, suit yourself. Says Nick. Whats in the bag? A wedding dress. Says Brooke. Do you like it? Yea, but Im not supposed to see that am I? Before the big day? Says Nick worriedly. Only if its on me. Says Brooke. Yea, its nice, beautiful. Says Nick. Eric Forrester made it for me. Says Brooke, looking at Nick to see his reaction. I should have figured there would be a Forrester infiltrate this ceremony somehow. Says Nick. Well I dont have to wear it. Says Brooke. Do you want to? Says Nick. Yes. Says Brooke, nodding. Well, then you should. Says Nick. Does it bother you? Asks Brooke.
I wouldnt tell you if it bothered me. Lets make a rule ok? Thisll be our first rule. If Im doing something that ticks you off, you make sure and tell me. Got it? Asks Nick. Got it. Says Brooke, asking where his attitude is coming from. My mother, I dont like the way her and the old man are getting along. Theyre just not communicating. Thats the key to relationships. Communicating! Says Nick. Otherwise you have all this misunderstanding, and hurt feeling underneath it, and they should be happy right now. He blurts out. And theyre not! So you promise me you make sure if you have to say something to me, if Im doing something that you get it off your chest, ok? Are you sure? Asks Brooke. You might be opening Pandoras Box. Well I can handle it. Says Nick. He proceeds to tell her that if hes ever being annoying, that shes to tell him. Just let it out! He says. She says she will. Promise? I promise Swear? I swear. Double Swear? Ok, now youre being annoying! Thats my girl. Says Nick. They then discuss how Nice the day has been. Nick tells her no one has ever used the word nice to describe his life before, and now both she and his mother used it in the same day. Yea, my life has never been nice before either. Its been scandalous and shameful, never nice. Says Brooke. I gotta give you the nod on this one kid. Youve gone through a lot. Says Nick. I just made wrong decisions. Says Brooke. Well, now youre gonna start making right ones, right? Asks Nick. Right. Says Brooke. She takes his hands, and says Thank you. For what? Asks Nick. For just always being sure about everything. She says. It doesnt seem to drive you crazy the way Im always being pulled in opposite directions. Youre always on an even keel. Im the captain, thats my job. Well, thank you, for being my captain. She says. They smile, and he kisses her hand.
Jackie sneaks out to the garden to call Deacon on her cell phone. Deacon answers with a curt Yea. What happened in there? Asks Jackie desperately. Youre not gonna believe this. Says Deacon. Try me. Says Jackie. Well Massimo and me, we had a little heart to heart. I dont think he really believed your story from the other night Jackie. Says Deacon. What? He confided in you about that? Says Jackie, flabbergasted. Is he playing some kind of game? She asks. Yea, its called I spy. Says Deacon. What? Says Jackie. Jackie, hes hired someone to keep an eye on you. Says Deacon. No! Says Jackie. My God! Do you know who? She asks. Yea. Says Deacon quietly. Me.
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