B&B Monday Update 8/15/05

The Bold & The Beautiful Update Monday 8/15/05


By Wanda
Pictures by Boo

Same day continuation from Friday’s episode:

Bridget is alone at Big Bear cabin, wrapped in an afghan; reflecting, she covers her tummy with both hands. She’s fighting back the tears.

Stephanie comes in and is happy Bridget is still there. She asks how she is, and that she’s been to the store with some things for Bridget. Something for her tummy….and a pregnancy test. Bridget shakes her head no; she can’t be pregnant. She thinks she’s just made herself sick by thinking about things. Stephanie wants to know if it’s physically impossible; is she on the pill or something? When there’s no answer but a look from Bridget, Stephanie opens the bag and hands her the box and says, “five minutes.” Bridget reluctantly takes it and stares blankly at the box.

At Brooke’s manse, Nick and Brooke are still sitting on the hearth before the brightly glowing candles (their looks are hotter than the fire!); his hands on hers, faces almost touching. His left hand caresses her face; her mouth opens in anticipation. He tells her he promises her that she will be happy again. She looks dreamingly into his eyes for the longest time and then asks what are they doing? He pulls back and says he’s sorry. She shakes her head slightly and says no, she’s sorry. Nick gulps, finally stands up and walks away. Awkward and not knowing what else to say, he says he should call Bridget? Brooke asks what he’s going to say.

Bridget’s cell phone rings; she seems to want to ignore it but Stephanie says if it’s Nick, she doesn’t want him to send out a search party for her. Stephanie goes to answer it when Bridget grabs it instead and says she has it. Nick says “hey, where are you?” She ignores that and says she is fine. Nick tells her Hope is better; they just got home with her. Bridget knows that means him and her mother. Bridget says she’s glad Hope is better. Nick asks again where she is – the University? The boat? Again, Bridget dodges the question and says she just needed a little time. Nick apologizes for not being around much, but she knew that Hope wanted him at the hospital (my, what blame this little girl gets for all of Nick’s actions). Brooke asks to speak with her and Nick hands her the phone. Brooke also apologizes for monopolizing so much of Nick’s time…..but adds she knows how he feels about Hope (another blame it on the little girl). She does manage to say that he misses Bridget and has a wonderful evening planned for them tonight. Bridget says she’s not going to be home tonight. Brooke asks her not to be angry. Bridget says she’s not angry; she’s a big girl and if she wants some time for herself, that’s fine, right? She says bye, and coldly hangs up. Stephanie guesses that Brooke is with Nick again? Bridget tries to make light of it that they’d just gotten Hope home. Stephanie digs that Brooke needed an escort for that? She stops short when Bridget says this is not going to be easy. Stephanie sits beside her and says she needs all the information she can; she needs to know if she’d pregnant. Bridget retorts that the first thing they learn in medical school is how useless a test can be if there’s nothing you can do about the results. Stephanie fires back that the first thing you learn in life – you can’t make an intelligent decision if you don’t know what decision has to be made. She’d better think about that. And she’s refusing to believe what is happening right in front of her; between her mother and Nick. Bridget dabs her eyes with a tissue as Stephanie tells her not to be ambushed by the obvious again. Reluctantly, Bridget picks up the pregnancy test box and shoots Stephanie another look.

On opposite sides of the room, Nick asks Brooke if Bridget told her where she is. Brooke says no, she doesn’t think Bridget wants to be found. But give her an hour and then call her again. Nick offers that maybe she’d understood all along, better than they did. “Have we been lying to her?” Emphatically, Brooke says no. Then he wants to know how does she explain what ALMOST happened here? He walks toward her and faces her, “what’s the word when you think you’re telling the truth, but you’re really not? Because Bridget saw it and we didn’t. I have basically been unfaithful to her with you in every way but one…and we both know that could happen, if we let it.”

Brooke tries to justify that they were up all night at the hospital; they were exhausted. He shouts that doesn’t account for this and she knows it. What man wouldn’t consider himself lucky to be in love with two women, like her and her daughter in just one lifetime. He doesn’t understand it! “I don’t know how it’s possible! No one told me that someone else could come along and make you feel things….. differently. Not the same as someone else.” She nods that she knows all about that; he should have asked her. Softly, he says that it should have happened for them. She agrees…if she just hadn’t made Ridge her everything; her whole life. He wants to hear her say it; then what? She slowly admits they could have been happy. But, now that she’s gotten wise to herself ….she can’t continue…he does – that’s he’s still feelings things for her…and he knows she’s feeling them too.

Stephanie checks on Bridget behind the closed door and she finally comes out and says it is positive. Stephanie jerks around and says in her day, the rabbit just died. She understands these tests are a little riskier. They sit and she pats Bridget’s knee and tells her everything is going to be alright. Bridget takes a very deep breath and nods what is she supposed to do? Stephanie had told her she could rely on her. Stephanie tells her she knows she is angry with her and that she let the family down. Bridget doesn’t let her finish and says this is her pregnancy; let’s not let it be about Stephanie. Stephanie says at least now she knows what she is facing. Bridget retorts that yeah, a lifetime as someone’s mother. ….on her own. Stephanie stands and says the break with Nick; it’s not going to be clean. He’s not the kind of fella that is going to walk away from a child of his own without a fight. Bridget looks at her and says this should have been the happiest day of their lives. They’d laid in bed at night, planning for this. She cradles her tummy and says she doesn’t think he ever got over knowing that R.J. wasn’t his child. Now the thing he’s wanted most in the whole world; he’s got. Slowly she turns and asks, “why couldn’t he just loved me?” Stephanie moves toward her and says she thinks he does, in his own way. It’s just that he loves her mother more. Bridget says but her mother can’t give him what she just gave him. Stephanie warns her not to start thinking that way. She can’t marry someone that Brooke isn’t going to let go of. Bridget shakes her head. She says she doesn’t even care about getting married any more. She is over trying to get married and this thing just happened; they didn’t try. And her mother is not trying to hold onto him; she never said she was. And Nick is just holding onto the fantasy of a family he’s never been able to have. “But now he can have it.” Stephanie asks her if she thinks having a baby is going to fix everything? Ha, that’s a fantasy! Suddenly it’s like Bridget has had a big revelation – what if it’s something they BOTH want? He’s been calling her and begging her to come home to him….and she has news; the news that he has wanted since the very first day she has met him! She swings around; what is she crying about? Why can’t this be the happiest day of their lives? Stephanie’s mouth practically flies open and drops to the floor!

Suddenly with a new resolve, Bridget grabs her purse and it’s obvious she’s going to drive back home. Stephanie lashes out that she’s in NO condition to drive back to Los Angeles tonight. They argue, but Bridget says that was before and now she knows exactly what she has to do. Bridget reminds her that Stephanie told her the pregnancy test would give her clarity; she was right. Stephanie lashes out that she’s had six different times the clarity in the last few hours. Bridget marches on anyway and is out the door when she says things don’t have to be so complicated. Steph says it is because there is another life involved here. Bridget gives one last lick – that she loves Nick and he loves her and all she’s ever wanted was a promise from him that she could believe in. And that’s exactly what this baby is, a promise he will NOT break. Stephanie fights back that what about the way he looks at her mother; the way he touches her; the way Bridget says he’s never touched her? Bridget justifies again, what were they supposed to do when they found out Hope wasn’t brain damaged? She lashes that she had NO business feeling ignored and if Stephanie (points finger in her face) was any kind of friend she would have told her to GROW UP. Stephanie comes back with that she is her friend right now and she’s got raging hormones and she’d better not do anything without thinking it through. Bridget asks why; so she can hide her pregnancy? That would be HER style, not Bridget’s. Steph says she is not suggesting anything of the kind. But, she and the baby will be MISERABLE if she marries someone that is in love with another person. Bridget says, "my mother? Because once you have a taste of her, you can’t love me, right?” Stephanie states that Brooke is not one-tenth of the woman Bridget is…..and if Bridget doesn’t know that.... she only wants what is best for her and the baby, she doesn’t know her at all! To her face, Bridget spits she knows Steph would like her to be alone, self-righteous and as miserable as she is now. And she used to want to grow up and be her, but she can thank her for showing her what a bitter, dead end that would be! She closes the door on Stephanie who can only grimace.

Brooke shrugs and asks Nick if he remembers the day he took her to Catalina? He says he does remember. She continues, that was the day she pictured it all. She thought to herself, she could love this life, she could love this man. “And I did, and I do, but sometimes it just gets to be too late.” He looks at her, slides a little closer and whispers, “we’re over because we made up our minds to be.” She also whispers that she wants Bridget to feel safe; especially safe from her (Brooke) because she loved her so much. She was the proudest thing in her life, and the day she had betrayed her, was the greatest shame in her life. And she didn’t want that to ever happen again. He says he knows. Moreover, she’d rather take and put a gun to her head and pull the trigger. She owes her a life with someone who could make her happy. Nick looks at Brooke and says she’s going to have that, with him. Brooke thanks him. She wanders away and then asks what are they going to say….the next time Bridget wonders if ……..Nick says they tell her the truth. That she wasn’t imagining something between them. But, the key is we can’t act on it because she can’t be hurt more than she’s been hurt already. Brooke agrees, that is the way it has to be. He locks eyes with her and says that’s the way it has to be!

Eric is sketching at the beach house as Stephanie frantically pounds on the glass paned door. He flips around and sees her; only to walk over and just pull the shades down. She asks if he’s going to let her in and he replies no and goes back and sits down. Okay, she just lets herself in and then throws the key on the counter upon entering. He tells her he’s just going to change this lock. She goes hmmmmm, why didn’t he just bring a bucket of sand in the house and stick his head in it? He says he knew this was going to happen. She’d develop some serious problem that only he could solve. He vows that he’s not her emotional 911 anymore; he’s quit that job. She advises him this is not about her, nor about Eric. It’s about his daughter who’s on the verge of a breakdown. Eric continues to sketch and says he’s not going to fall for that. If she has something to say to him, she will. They have a relationship that works. Stephanie smirks - for him. He replies that he’s not going to kick in Bridget’s door and give her some list of instructions how to live her life. She doesn’t need that from him, and Eric doesn’t need that from Stephanie. She backs off and says fine, crank up the music and continue on the way he is. Why should she care if he’s the last person in the world to find out his daughter’s pregnant?

Brooke descends the stairs, barefooted and in her negligee, finds Nick sitting at the table sipping wine. She stops and says she thought he was gone. He says he thought so too, but the food came just as he was leaving. The romantic dinner for Bridget, but she wasn’t coming home tonight and he didn’t want it to go to waste. He was trying to be quiet, figuring her to be sleeping. She eases in closer and asks if he’s ever been too tired to sleep? She thought she’d grab a book. Nick rises and stretches his tired back. He suggests maybe some heavy French food would do the trick. She smiles that it does smell good….just let her go put something else on. He waves his hand, no, just come on, sit down. (according to my count, this is at least mistake #3 tonight).

He pours more wine and asks if she wants her salad first or salad last. She wonders how cold is everything? Fish he can’t pronounce and some vegetables, who really cares? She opts for vegetables. He suggests a toast; what shall they toast to? She replies to him and Bridget, and he adds – with no regrets. Brooke says she doesn’t even know what that feels like so he corrects it to “saying goodbye with no regrets.” They clink glasses. Brooke tells him he really should have Bridget move in with him, because as long as she’s here…..Nick finishes – he’d be there and Bridget would see them together and that would be bad. She whispers she would miss him.

Just as Bridget puts her key in the door and opens it slightly, she stops when Nick gets up from his seat and sits closer to Brooke and takes her hands in his and asks her if she’s going to cry? He whispers that she cries more than anybody he knows; please don’t cry. She replies that he knows her. He offers that remember he made the promise if she ever needed anything; he wasn’t far. She vows she will be fine. He brings her hands close to his mouth and talks of some knight in shining armor that might sweep her off her feet. She says that is kind of hard to imagine at the moment. He tells her she has no idea how hard it is not to love her. Bridget is peeking once more. And eavesdropping on every word. Once more she’s in shock; tears won’t even come.

Bridget walks in and lets the door slam on purpose. Nick jerks his head around and stands up, frozen in time and space, as Brooke can only stare. Guilty, guilty, guilty is written on their faces as Bridget stares back in dismay.

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