The Bold & The Beautiful Update Thursday 7/14/05
Pictures by Boo
Same day, continuation of yesterday with Stephanie knocking on Ridges door at Forresters. She looks around, doesnt see him but comes on in, shutting the door. She is aided by the claw-foot cane and is about to comfortably sit down when she sees a photo on his desk, picks it up and sees who it is. In disgust, she puts it back down, Ridge and Brooke. She makes her nest but still has her eyeball on the back of the photo. She takes her cane, evil, smirky smile on her lips, aims it like a bulls-eye and plop the frame falls on the floor, the glass into broken pieces. Mission accomplished, satisfied look as she settles back down, peers down at the floor and remarks outloud janitors, so clumsy sometimes.
Brooke is still at Jackies and they are still discussing Stephanies trumped up heart attack; at least that is what Jackie is telling Brooke. Brooke is finding it hard to believe that Dr. MacLain would be involved in that. Jackie continues but why not; hes the darling of the medical staff, Stephanies personal physician, who would question him? He tinkers with a few machines, intercepts a few lab reports, falsifies a few records and tells himself Mark, you do this one questionable thing and Im sure your career is set for life. Whos it going to hurt? Brooke wonders if she can get him to say those things. Lifting her eyebrows for emphasis, Jackie smiles and says Stephanie has her means of persuasion and I have mine.
Steph is looking around the room when Ridge walks in with an assistant with a dress draped over her arm. She greets Steph warmly and says its good to see her up and around and Steph remarks back that its good to be seen up and around. The doctor told her a little gentle exercise would be good for her. Without even looking at her, rather sarcastically Ridge says he thinks kicking in the pool was what the doctor had in mind. He dismisses the assistant saying it can wait until tomorrow. He seems to be dismissing at least ignoring Steph too and she remarks she knows hes angry with her. As he puts the dress on the dressmaker form, he says you got what you wanted, Mother! She shot back so did he and dont forget it. He asks really? Did he really?
At the Marone mansion, Dante in trunks and holding a towel walks into the den from the patio/balcony area to find Mass pouring cognac. His dimples and pecs are all in fine shape. Mass says its good to see someone using the pool and in part Italian he offers Dante a drink; he declines. Dante is dabbing the towel on his arms drying off as Mass says it costs him a fortune to heat that damned pool .but fortunately he has a fortune.
He says Dante can use it every day if hed stay .and the tennis courts and the stables whatever he wants. Dante says Mass is a great friend, and great host, but this gallery arrangement - if its going to work out, he needs studio space. Mass repeats space - space, thats all Ive got is space rattling around in this old house by myself. Dante turns around and looks at Jackies portrait above the lit fireplace and says that he has a feeling that may change at any time.
A quick knock on the door and Nick barrels on in calling Pop. He has his traditional shades on with knapsack over shoulder. Frosty the snowman when he sees Dante, the silence is deafening. He mutters oh, the sculptor (as he points at him, and pulling the shades down to the end of his nose peering over them, now hands on hips). Looks like youve been doing too many push-ups out by the pool youre dripping on the rug. (gotta love these two). Dante returns the favor insincerely nice to see him too. Nick puts the knapsack/briefcase down and pulls out some papers for Mass but looks at Dante and asks if he actually uses the pool or is this the way he travels? Mass intercedes and says hes trying to get Dante to stay but at least hes staying in Los Angeles and has had some meetings with some galleries. Nick makes a smart remark about him being a smooth talker and lying about knowing Taylor and Mass defends Dante by saying he was trying to protect Taylors privacy. Nick asks if thats what it was? Knowing when hes not wanted, Dante says hes going to go but Mass again speaks up and says no, dont dare, Nick knows exactly the way he wants his guests to be treated here. Barreling ahead, Nick hands Mass some papers and says he didnt like some things about the prices on the new tanker so Mass takes them and says he will review them in his study. Now a drink seems like a good thing and Dante sidesteps Nick and asks if hed like one as he pours himself one. Nick comments that some life you sculptors have. Nonplussed, Dante hands Nick a smaller towel and says here, in case youre worried about the rug. Nick smiles and says thanks.
These boys are sizing each other up, one upping each other as Nick says the last time he saw Dante he was catching a flight. Dante quips yeah he missed it. Nick says he knows. Without missing a beat he asks how was lunch with his fiancée. Dante deftly says that he and Bridget had a delightful afternoon (twisting the knife) in fact, thats why I decided to stay. Nick glares at him, trying to decide what he should do or say next.
Brooke circles around Jackie and tells her to be careful, she needs to decide just how far she will go with this and then draw the line (motioning with her hands). Jackie returns by saying she would do almost anything to expose Stephanie .but not THAT .she wants her husband back. And then she asks Brooke if she can call her say in about three hours, a distraction if she needs rescuing. Brooks says sure and that Jackie will need her digital recorder which she pulls out of her purse and shows her how to operate it. and now to get Mark to say something .something he cant unsay. Brooke tells her, luck never worked before; lets just hope this time Stephanie finds herself outmatched.
As Ridge continues with his dressing the dummy and paying no attention to Stephanie, she remarks that he went over to Brookes after lambasting her. He says Mother, go home and recuperate, Brooke will be fine, she doesnt need any of us. Stephanie says she doubts she really feels that way. Ridge takes one quick glance at her and says after all these years, she really doesnt know her at all. He goes on that he told Brooke he handled all of this very poorly; hed let her (S) play him like a violin and that his feelings for her (B) are as strong as ever. Stephanie nods her head but then hed gone home to Taylor, hadnt he? He says he did go home last night and she continues that he weathered it and the worst was over. She got up and came up behind him and said she knew hed have second thoughts; thats just the way he was. Honey, wont you allow yourself to be happy, please? He tells her that Thomas is due there any minute and hed like to see him privately. She says good, for him to focus on how full is life really is. Before she leaves, she lingers and says she loves him, always remember that. He lets her leave without looking at her or saying a word in reply.
Ridge walks over toward his desk and spies the broken picture frame on the floor and picks it up, glances at it knowingly. Steph greets Tom offscreen and then he comes into Ridges office. He remarks his grandmother is something else; walking around in the best mood in the world ..and apparently Ridge isnt.
Ridge asks when was Thomas going to tell him about this? as he slaps a magazine in front of him, one with Thomass headshot, Spectra snags another Forrester. Thomas gulps.
Ridge takes a phone call from Mass saying something to the effect what are sons for? as Thomas sits in the hot seat. Ridge continues that so grandfather Erics suggestion of a design school, was that so far beneath him? Thomas explains that he, Ridge, had been his design school and he didnt see hed learn much being there as an intern to deliver coffee, so once Spectra offered him a chance to go with the teen line
Ridge points his finger at him and says he should have brought his contract to him first. Thomas takes that to mean he was ok with it. Ridge says no, going to work for an office like Sally Specta, a knockoff house, hed learn bad habits which hed just have to unlearn when he comes to work for us. Thomas squirms but says he was trying to find the right time .Ridge comes around and places his hands on both shoulders and says he figured it was something like that, but the right time to talk to him about anything, was anytime. Ridge continues that he has a lot on his mind, but Thomas was one of those main things. Understood? Thomas says hes sorry. Ridge continues thats hes sorry if it looks like hes been busy with other things and not paying attention because he has . And looking him eyeball to eyeball asks if there is anything else hed like to tell him? Thomas plays innocent and asks about what. Ridge hedges and finally says oh, maybe about Gabi? (oops, another big gulp).
At Jackies she is dressed in elegant, black, flowing slacks, satin champagne colored belted jacket/top, has at least a dozen large candles lit, setting the mood with music, soft lighting, the drapes closed, shed ready! She picks up a picture of she and Mass and says for you, my dear. (for the life of me I cant see where this storyline is headed. Even if she is right and exposes Stephanie, that is not going to endear her anymore to Massimo. And if she is dead wrong, he will end up hating her more. And flirting or whatever she is going to do with another young man, definitely a no-no).
The doorbell chimes and she immediately grabs the recorder, turns it on and places it behind the picture on the table. She greets Mark at the door, all dressed in a suit, and hes bearing a bottle of fine wine. He remarks he hopes she didnt go to a lot of trouble. She returns of course not, everyone who lives there in the Towers who caters goes to Marcellos.
She leads Mark to the table and hands him the corkscrew and asks that they sample the ware. And ever so smoothly, guides the conversation to the hospital and his most recent patient, Stephanie, who must have kept him hopping. She invites him to sit down and he pours the wine. Seductively she asks, hmmmmm, what are you wearing? He glances down at his suit and then she comments and she leans in your cologne? He replies Jabot For Men. She coos its so masculine .sooooo masculine. (careful old girl, dont overdo this!)
She raises her glass and says what shall they toast to oh, she knows (with finger in air) to Stephanie Forrester .. and to the man responsible for her health. Glasses clink and they trade warm glances above the rims.
Dante is pouring himself a refill when Mass joins them again and he says Ridge and Taylor will not take no for an answer. They dont use the beach house, he can be alone on the beach with plenty of privacy and plenty of room for a studio.
Nick chirps that hes sure he (D) doesnt want to start freeloading but Dante says sounds good, he accepts. Mass immediately asks if he will stay for supper and Dante replies if he insists. Mass does insist and says he will tell the cook. He turns and asks Dominick who quips no, "some of us work!" Mass slaps the papers at his (Dominicks) waist and tilts his head in dismay as he leaves the room. Dante has a frown on his face and turns away. Nick follows and makes a remark that guess hes Forresters problem now. Im sure you and his wife will pick up wherever you left off .wherever that was, he offers. Sipping his drink, Dante gives as good as he gets and replies to give Bridget his best.
Brooke walks in with papers and is surprised to find Stephanie sitting in Erics chair. She tells Steph she will find him for her. But before she leaves, she turns and says she is sure Mark would like to see her home in bed. Butter would melt in her mouth, shes so smooth as she retorts my heart is stronger than ever, hows yours?
Ridge tells Thomas hes not asking for details. Gabi is a big improvement over Amber, thats for sure, but he hopes he will take it slower this time. If its right, he shouldnt have to rush it. Thomas hesitates and turns and says he guesses there is one little detail he should know about.
Nick comes over and faces Dante and says as long as hes known Bridget, hes never heard his (D) name. Dante says perhaps there is a reason for that. Nicks smiles and asks why doesnt he tell him what that reason might be. Dante returns the smile and says if Bridget wanted to tell him something, he was sure she would. Still facing each other, Nick offers, dont get out of line cause if you do, Ill have to fix it. Dante smirks that hes sounding like that Sailor man when he was a kid, does he eat cans of spinach too? Nick counters just do them a favor and skip on up to Malibu. If the old man feels the need to speak Italian with somebody, then Dante is more than welcome to come back and do chin-ups in the backyard for the neighbors and adds, until then, stay away from my fiancée. Dante comes back with, stay away from her mother. Nick stops in his tracks and asks what did he say? Dante smiles, if Bridget is in need of company, whose fault is that? Mass walks in and asks Dominick if hes sure he wont stay for dinner? Nick squares off looking at Dante, sniffs the air, says no pop, he doesnt like the smell of the olive oil tonight. (If he had said anything, Dante would have said, hhhhhrmp, good riddance.
Stephanie looks in drawer and pulls out a box of Kleenex and shakes it at Brooke and tells her she doesnt have to be strong for her; shes known her too long. Very calmly Brooke says she wonders. Stephanie points her finger and says wait, is she going to throw insults and incriminations, she probably can say them all herself but she wouldnt want to spoil her opportunity. She folds her arms across her chest in satisfaction. Brooke warns her she shouldnt get herself agitated. Stephanie says shes never been less agitated in her life. Her heart attack was her cure. She points out to Brooke that you just cant hold things in; she learned that the hard way. Brooke turns to go but Steph wont let up and says she understands that her son came to see her. Brooke must have just been thrilled when she opened up the door and saw him standing there. and then crushed when he went home to Taylor. Steph stands and states, Brooke, that is going to happen .every time. Every time he comes to see Hope and the baby .dont you think the best thing for you .. for YOU .is to give up the children?
Brooke sighs and takes a deep breath and returns the look. Steph looks closer as she leans closer and asks what is that look in her eye .its not defeat, oooooh, oooooh she makes a cute expression with her mouth, its that Im going to get yoooooooou look.
Jackie pours Mark more wine as she continues to butter him up praising him for the way he holds peoples lives in his hands. She insinuates that someone with so much influence, so much money and used to getting her way (without mentioning names tho they had been talking about Stephanie and making toasts to her) and he corrects her and says he doesnt adjust the amount of a patients care to their bank balance. She is aghast and says she would never think such a thing. He strikes her as someone dedicated and he remarks that being a doctor was all hed ever wanted to be. She coos, and dedication deserves to be rewarded. I think you know I had an ulterior motive in inviting you here tonight ..I want to know more about you, Mark,......your passions medically speaking, of course. And she goes on that shes thinking of contributing a rather substantial sum to the University Hospital for a new program, perhaps even a new wing if he would be available to chair it. He grins he doesnt know what to say. She oohs that shes so impressed with him, his compassion, his skills. He says hes flattered and she says more, perhaps then he wouldnt mind her asking ..one slightly little indiscreet question. He says not at all. She goes on about how honest he is; how very honest most of the people that she deals with are so very, very jaded. I think I might be able to trust again with you.
He remarks that he thinks he knows what her question is .and his answer too. She seems pleased and smiles, then you know its about Stephanie Forrester? He frowns quizzically.
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