The Bold & The Beautiful Update Wednesday 6/23/04
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Ridge looks at Nick with confusion. Youre not the father? He asks. You are. Says Nick. Ridge says he doesnt believe that. Nick says there was a computer error at the lab, and before Dr. Paxson died, she told his mother. And your mother just kept it to herself? Ridge asks. Nick says that she had another test run. Ridge asked how. He says that she took a hair sample from him, and the test say hes not the father. And she just told you this tonight? Asks Ridge in astonishment.
She says she just found out tonight. Nick says. Brooke says it just doesnt make any sense. Ridge says they need another test run. Dr. Mcclain returns from his phone call, and Ridge immediately asks him how fast he can run another paternity test. Dr. Mcclain says he thought the paternity had already been determined. Brooke says that there is a question now, that the test may not have been accurate. It wasnt. Says Nick quietly. Ridge asks what the chances are of getting a definite answer tonight. Dr Mcclain says the lab is closed, but he knows someone is there 24 hours, and he can get some samples messengered over there. The actual test doesnt take that long. He adds. Then its doable? Asks Ridge.
Dr. Mcclain says it is. Ridge tells him to do it. Dr. Mcclain leave to make some calls. Nick says hell wait outside. Nick tells them he will wait outside. Ridge goes over to Brooke with the baby and sits down beside her. Brooke is excited at the thought that the baby could actually be hers and Ridges. The marvel at that and both look from the baby to each other.
Massimo is still trying to understand how all this could have happened. Jackie tries to explain it to him again. He wonders why it took so long for the paternity to be revealed. She tells him about Dr. Paxson telling her about the problem at the lab. Jackie says she had another test run without telling anyone, and she didnt expect the results to be any different. They dont know? Asks Massimo. Jackie says Nicky does, and that he has gone to tell Ridge and Brooke. Massimo says that now shes giving birth. Jackie says theyd already decided to get back together again. She says the baby is all that Nicky has left. Massimo says it must have devastated him. Jackie says it broke her heart to tell him. Massimo says he doesnt understand why Jackie was the one to have the test run again. She begins to tell him about Dr. Paxson again, but Massimo interrupts her saying that Dr. Paxson died months ago. He asks her if that’s how long she’s known about the paternity. “I wasn’t sure.”
Jackie says starting to walk away from Massimo. But he grabs her arm, and angrily demands that she tell him the whole story now.
Ridge walks back into Brookes bedroom and announces to her that the messenger just left. She asks if the doctor is still there. Ridge says hed like to examine her one more time before he leaves. She asks him what Dr. Mcclain said about the tests. Ridge says that the doctor said there could have been mixup. Brooke says that the baby really could be theirs, and that would explain so much. “The connection you had with him” Ridge reminds her how many times he had said that he had a feeling that it was his. But he says that it’s hard to believe anything Jackie says.
Brooke says she probably lied because she wanted so much for the baby to be Nicks. Ridge says no matter what happens he is going to raise the baby as his own son. Brooke says they could have it all, that he could truly be theirs.
Jackie is telling Massimo that Nicky and Brooke were happy and planning a life together. Massimo says that was because Brooke thought Nick was the father. Jackie says she just found out tonight. Massimo says Jackie is just telling more lies. Jackie says that the minute she found out she went straight to Nicky. Massimo says she should have gone straight to Nicky from the first moment. Jackie starts to say that she truly believed that the baby was Nickys, but Massimo shouts over her that she was wrong. You allowed Nick to fall more and more in love with that baby, Brooke and Ridge ended their marriage, our entire family was disintegrating; you turned our whole life upside down on a hunch? Says Massimo angrily. Theres no excuse. Says Jackie weakly. Massimo is furious with her.
Stephanie shows up in Brooke’s bedroom. “Hello.” She says tersely. Brooke tells her she’s really very tired. “I’m sure you are.” Says Stephanie. Then she tells Brooke that she does make beautiful babies. Brooke says she had some help. Stephanie says that she heard from Ridge that he delivered the baby. She wants to know how long Brooke is going to subject Ridge to indignities such as this. “Does he have to spend the rest of his life delivering other men’s babies for you?” She says. Brooke says there was nothing undignified about it, and it fact it was meant to be. “You aren’t even ashamed are you?” Says Stephanie. Brooke says she has no reason to be. And says that if Stephanie came to hurl insults at her because the baby isn’t Ridge’s then she should get it all out now. Stephanie says that maybe the sight of the baby in the arms of his father will have more impact than anything she could ever say to her.
“I’m sure you’re right.” Says Brooke smugly. Stephanie tells her she’s in a fantasy, both of them are living in a fantasy, and reality has reared its ugly head. She says that Ridge is finally going to realize that your place is with the father of this child. Brooke just stares at Stephanie with a slight smile on her face.
Not one more word. Massimo says. You deceived our entire family Jacqueline! She tells him she thought the baby was Nicks, it had to be Nicks. Massimo says thats because its what she wanted. She says Massimo wanted it too, and reminds him about how he brought James Warwick to town to convince Brooke to accept Nicks proposal. Massimo says thats because he thought Nick was the father. Jackie says he was protecting the family, and that was all she was trying to do as well. Massimo says he was holding the family together while all Jackie did was tear it apart. You pitted brother against brother. He bellows. He says that Dominick didnt want to break up Brookes marriage, that he had been ready to step aside until he got the results of the paternity test. I didnt know then. Massimo! Says Jackie emphatically. She says that by the time she found out Nicky was so in love with that baby that she couldnt take it away from him. She says she doesnt expect him to understand, but she hopes with time that he will forgive her. If you believe that, then youre more delusional than ever. He says.
Ridge and Nick are outside on the veranda. Ridge tells Nick that he understands what hes been going through. Nick says hes not interested in a pep talk right now. Ridge starts to explain, but Nick interrupts him. Trying to be a gracious winner, I get it. Ridge tells him that it isnt a game to either of them and it never has been. No. Says Nick quietly. Ridge tells Nick that hes sorry. Yea, me too. Says Nick softly. He says that when he found out that Brooke was pregnant, he wanted it to be Ridges; and he guesses things worked out for the best. Ridge says hes not celebrating until he gets the test results.
Youre not listening to me are you? Says Stephanie. Brooke says she is. Stephanie says shes not listening because shes on a high from her and Ridge sharing this incredible moment. Stephanie continues to tell Brooke how much stronger the bond is going to be between her and the father of the baby. Brooke just continues to agree with Stephanie, with a big grin on her face. She tells Stephanie that Ridge couldnt love the baby any more if it was his own. Stephanie says it should have been Ridges. And that if Brooke had any morals or decency it would have been. And what if it were? Brooke asks. Would your attitude toward me change if I had given birth to Ridges child? Stephanie says thats a moot point. Brooke says she wants an answer. Stephanie stares at the baby critically.
Jackie says Massimo can’t forgive her right now because he’s too angry. Massimo says he’s not only angry, he’s sick. Jackie says the family will recover. Even Nicky. Massimo sarcastically says he understands. Everything will be alright. Ridge and Brooke will get their child; Dominick will go on with his life. Jackie says it could take a little while. “What about ME?” Asks Massimo. He says he lost a son too, because Ridge was furious that he supported Dominick. He’s no more a Marone, he turned his back on them, and Jackie watched it all and said nothing. Jackie says it’s not too late, that Ridge will find out that it wasn’t Massimo’s fault. Massimo says he was deceived, they all were deceived. He wants to know what happened to the woman he married. The woman who promised before God that she would not keep anything from him, no more secrets? This woman who believed in family? Honor? Loyalty? “Did she ever even exist? Or am I as delusional as you are?” He asks. “Massimo, darling…” She begins softly. Massimo turns to her and, squeezing a glass in his hand until it explodes, tells her to get out. “Take all your lies and secrets, and get out!!” He storms out of the study, with Jackie calling out to him. “Wait Massimo, wait!” But he doesn’t wait.
And she comes back in to see that she’s knocked a picture to the floor, a picture of her, Massimo, Nick and Brooke. The picture is shattered in the frame, mirroring what has just happened.
“If this were Ridge’s child, then everything I know about virtue and integrity would be turned upside down.” Says Stephanie. Brooke asks her smugly just what she does know about virtue and integrity. “That it wins out in the end.” Stephanie answers. She says the fact that the baby is Nick’s is absolute proof that Brooke and Ridge shouldn’t be together. Just at that moment, Nick, Ridge and the doctor walk in. “Mother, what are you doing here?” Asks Ridge. She says she’s celebrating the birth of Nick’s baby. She congratulates Nick and tells him the baby is absolutely beautiful. They all look back and forth at each other. The doctor announces he has some news for Brooke.
“Is everything ok?” Asks Stephanie. Ridge says it’s better than ok, as he walks over and sits down next to Brooke kissing her and the baby. Stephanie looks confused. “Mother, you probably shouldn’t have come here.” Says Ridge. But Brooke says it’s ok, she wants Stephanie to hear this. Nick tells the doctor to go ahead and tell her. “We got the results back, you have a healthy happy Forrester baby.” He says. “You mean Marone baby.” Says Stephanie. Brooke says no, the doctor ran another paternity test, and Ridge is the father. Stephanie looks like somebody just stabbed her. “Well that can’t be true!” She says. “Yes mother, he’s mine.” Says Ridge. Stephanie is dumfounded, and turns to look at Nick, who’s not looking too happy.
“Congratulations Mrs. Forrester, Brooke and Ridge have made you a grandmother.” Says the Doctor.
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