The Bold & The Beautiful Update Wednesday 10/19/05
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Same night continuation of Tuesdays Episode:
At Erics Malibu Beach house, Stephanie stands stunned and asks Eric what has he done? He replies that hes done what he said he would do, if ever given the chance. We didnt want a stir, so we went to Las Vegas. She questions why he couldnt wait a week? Or a day? He says why would he? When having Brooke as his wife again is something he has wanted for so long. Stephanie closes hr eyes in sheer dread.
At Tridge Mansion, Taylor picks up her phone and asks Hector if he knows Brookes number. He slips up behind her, his body slightly touching hers and says yes, but shes not going. She replies but Ridge may not be coming back this time. He takes the phone and soothes, then she is better off. He kisses her hair lightly and she slowly turns around and says, maybe I am.. Gently he tells her that hes looking at everything hes ever wanted, free .. and clear. He cups her neck and they kiss. Repeatedly, over and over, more hunger, roaming hands, until she rips open his shirt (ah Fabio) and he scoops her up and takes her presumably toward the upstairs.
Then Taylor calls Hector and we realize it is another one of his fantasies as he hugs one of her throw pillows. She remarks she couldnt let Phoebe go to bed until she had looked over her homework. Then her eyes look toward the phone, and Hector gets up and heads toward her and tells her not to call. Its time that she stopped.
At Brookes manse, she tells Ridge not to do this to her. He asks who knows her like he does? She replies marrying Eric gives Bridget what she needs. Gives all of them what they need. He replies not his son. She points out that R.J. will always know who his father is. Ridge offers or grow up thinking hes his older brother. He sneers that Nick was a wrong turn in all of this, and this is insanity. Shes shocked he turns his back on her and then tells her shes crazy for wanting anyone else? He looks her in the eye and says he never wanted to give her up. Taylor knows that better than anyone. She argues, youre WITH Taylor now. What am I supposed to do about that? He comes up closely behind her and says he keeps asking himself the same question. She turns and gazes into his eyes.
Stephanie states to Eric that she cant do this anymore. She just doesnt have it in her. She tells him that Brooke is using him but, he knows that, doesnt he? He states she doesnt need his name or his money. She offers that Brooke would marry a stranger on a bus if it would convince Bridget that shed keep her hands off of Nick ..which she wont! He tells her naturally all she can see is the negative. She cocks her head and chirps, and all you can see is her chest heaving in the moonlight. He tells her she can continue being angry and bitter until she gives Brooke some credit for some hard-won maturity. She ponders. So this is the new and improved Brooke? She thought she was new and improved after Thorne .and Deacon . and Ridge, Round One. With folded arms, he tells her this is different; they had a long talk going to Las Vegas. She scoffs, what on a 45 minute flight? He continues that shes looking at her life differently now. Shes looking at her children, then her career. Shes finished following wild impulses. Stephanies eyebrows rise and asks what is HE following? Certainly not the head on his shoulders. He rationalizes they are giving Rick and Bridget back their parents; and R.J. and Hope a stable home. (you think Ridge is really going to let his son call his dad Daddy?) Eric says the first marriage was a rash decision, for all the wrong reasons. Stephanie earnestly points out that the first time he married Brooke, she was hiding her feelings for Ridge. Now this second marriage, shes hiding them for Nick. Softly she tells him Brooke is going to break his heart all over again. Hes actually smiling when she says, but, you know that, dont you?
Hector stands before Taylor and tells her shes a shrink, and hes sure she has seen articles on brainwashing and interrogation. He thinks shes a prisoner of her husband not knowing what he wants. And shes talked herself into believing that hes her best shot at happiness. She sighs and tells him to please not make her think she made a mistake in confiding her problems in him. He tells her making passes at other guys wives is not his style. And thats what hes been doing. And if shes not happy about it; neither is he. She thanks him when he says thats not what he wants. Because I want YOU, all of you, all the time.
Ridge tells Brooke that losing herself is hard to watch. She asks is that because she wasnt with him? He only talks about us like they are the answer to everything, but there is no us. And they cant be together. He mentions saving her from herself, and she says they have tried that so many times. What makes him think this would be any different? He says they were happy there for a while. They figured it out. She gets up, reflecting. Maybe there is only one man who can love her the way she wants to be loved. But, he has other commitments, and so does she. So, they have to set that dream aside for a while. She looks at him and says they cant have everything. He wants to know how can she stop WANTING it? She tells him she hasnt figured that out yet. He looks at her lovingly and takes her in his arms and hugs her, stroking her long, silky hair. A single tear rolls down her cheek.
Eric tells Stephanie hes realistic enough to know Brooke wont forget other attachments overnight. She offers that other attachment has a name Nick. What is he pretending here? Nick is younger, better looking and hes crazy in love with Brooke. What is he thinking; that if he keeps the lights low enough? He replies this marriage isnt all about sex for Brooke or for him. Stephanie differs in that it is all about SEX; him getting it and her making him her chastity belt. And for a fig leaf, hes going to use this grandiose pretense of an instant dynasty again. Oh brother, she must love that angle. Not only does she elbow me out, but she gets to be me all over again. He barks there is nothing imaginary about his family with Brooke just because shes not a part of it. She asks what about their family; their children and all the years they spent together? She begs, have they gone so far away that they cant find their way back? Shes talking to his back when she asks, are you saying I mean nothing to you?
Taylor walks over to the open patio door and says they havent known each other very long, but Hectors friendship means a lot to her. She starts to say more and he senses her hesitation and he says forget letting him down easy. Hes going to say what he came to say. And he doesnt care if he falls on his face. He takes a deep breath, takes her by the shoulders and says he doesnt get a man who could look at her then look at anyone else. I see you and its like I want to fall over dead. And its not just the way she looks, but her heart. Its like how she gets in somebodys mind and can fix whatever it is making life bad for them. He adds that he can fix cars, maybe even a broken bone, but that - hes truly in awe of .. She grins that she thinks hes over-estimating her qualities. He shakes his head, no, shes living with someone who doesnt see them. Which makes her think theres not much to see. He puts his hands on her face and says if she was his wife, shed need an eighteen wheeler to drag him out before hed leave that house. Hed want to make love to her six times a day. And hed want to brag to everybody about every little thing she did. Would she hate that? She says she thinks every woman would like that kind of fantasy. He tells her its not a fantasy. Hes here even though he knows she wants to kick him out ...because shes it for him. And hes glad she doesnt want to cheat on her husband, because thats who I want to be. So he tells her to keep working on her relationship with Ridge. She needs to feel she has done everything. And then when she gets tired of being treated like sawdust, you pack a bag, get in the car and come to my door. And Ill show you whats it like to be the center of somebodys world. He says hes going now and does. Just before he gets to the door, he stops and throws his hands out and says he feels like he left something out. She hesitates, but says no. He says okay, shes the expert.
Eric snuffs out the candles on the table and tells Stephanie they were just going through the motions long before her make-believe heart attack. With hand on hip, he leans on the chair and says the fact is she always patronized him. She never thought of him as an equal, but treated him as one of her children. She softly offers that she supposes a parade of mistresses and betrayals and humiliations change a woman. He doesnt shirk; he says he never said he wasnt to blame. She asks if he gave her a thought at all last night when he said those vows. Did he think of her at all? He offers that they had a life together; four wonderful children, but theyre grown now. His family with Brooke needs him in a way that his kids dont anymore. He says he can be a father now that he couldnt with his own children when he was concentrating on building a career and trying to find himself. She touches his face and whispers that shell be gone before the first anniversary. He replies then hed be a fool to say no to the happiest year of his life. Stephanie finally gets the message and her heart sinks. Brooke walks in the open door and spots Steph. Eric tells her Stephanie was just leaving. Brooke walks on in and says she certainly hopes so. Steph tells her that shes convinced him her intentions are good. Eric joins Brooke and kisses her tenderly on the cheek. Stephanie continues that she cant save Bridgets marriage. There is nothing left to save. Brook tells her she made sure of that, didnt she? Steph offers she only cleared the path for her. Nick is hers; she can have him. She laughs, oh, I see. You dont want to be the scarlet woman that ran off with her daughters husband. Brooke says she doesnt want a LIFE with Nick. Stephanie remarks then she is dumber than she thought. You and Nick, if youre meant to be together, you can survive any scandal. As Brooke takes on this lordly manner, Stephanie asks did she get a taste of respectability as a Forrester, and trash that she is, shes mistaken it somehow for virtue and cant stand to part with it. Youre going to use him and hes going to LET you because hes so hot for you. They look and smile lovingly at each other. Steph vows, over my dead body!
Taylor, resplendent in white negligee, walks around her bedroom smiling and thinking of what Hector had said about leaving something out. She is startled when a door opens and its Ridge. She tells him he rings the doorbell downstairs but then just breezes on into the master bedroom? He says she asked him to move back in or not? She flips well he said he was going to think about it. Did he go think about it with Brooke? He wastes no time and says she wont believe what she went and did. She asks him to explain even why she would be interested. Here they are in the middle of the most arguably important conversation of their entire marriage the phone rings, and somebody is telling him that Brooke has gotten married, and off he goes. He justifies that his son is with her. And for all he knows, she might be planning to move to Outer Mongolia. She scoffs that it would have taken about ten minutes to finish that conversation. But instead, he just basically proved that their marriage is not as important as whoever Brooke married. Ridge tells her she married his dad. Shes aghast. Ridge adds that she is hell-bent on proving she is no threat to Bridget. And Bridget wasnt buying that whole Dante thing at all. Taylor says, "oh my God, I dont believe this. This is awful. Your poor mother. And she wasnt talking about as a friend. Shes talking about as a woman. Just to be treated with such a lack of respect; to be pushed away like that with no warning at all. And she cant help but have some guilty sense of relief that it wasnt her.
Brooke says even if she was as vicious as Stephanie thought she was, she could never hurt Eric the way Stephanie had. He need to be protected from Stephanie, and that was Brookes job now. And she orders Stephanie out. Looking at the table and around the room, she asks Eric if he did all of this for her? He replies that yes, they havent had their proper wedding night. Stephanie extols that Brooke was miserable the first time she was married to Eric. And there isnt even a good reason for this marriage. Nick is free, and hes crazy in love with her. Eric tells Stephanie its time for her to go. But, like a dog with a bone, she responds that marriage isnt a hotel you just check in and out of. The love-birds start nibbling and nuzzling on each other. Stephanie tries to ignore it and continues that this one is based on the biggest lie of all. And hes never going to get the one thing he wants from her PASSION. Brooke tells her shes wrong if she thinks she doesnt love this man. And she plants a kiss on him and Eric is only too happy to oblige. Eric chirps that he thinks they will have passion to burn. And turning directly to Stephanie, he says if Stephanie doesnt mind, they have a honeymoon to begin. Stephanie bows her head and replies, obviously, theres no reasoning with you until you get what youve been panting for all day. So, if I let you have at her, will you agree to annul this fiasco tomorrow? Brooke tells Stephanie goodnight. Eric gives her a perturbed look and Stephanie asks Eric to promise her. Brooke sits on the couch, and Eric goes to her and nuzzles again and tells her just to ignore Stephanie. But, Stephanie acts blasé and says she will wait. Eric tells Brooke again just pretend shes not there. And yes, Stephanie watches as they kiss, while saying hell listen to reason when he finally understands that hes not going to get what he thinks he bargained for.
With Stephanie looking on in disgust, Eric continues his seduction by untying part of Brookes dress, continues to kiss her; shes smiling in amusement too. He tells her Stephanie is not going to rob him of this too. Stephanie finally goes to the door and closes it as if to leave. They stop and yet there she is, well, Ive heard over the years of this magic spell that you cast. Let me see. I know the difference between sex and love. Show me. Indeed, Eric motions to Brooke as he starts up again with his quietly mouthed okay, lets show her.
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