The Bold & The Beautiful Update Friday 10/21/05
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New day in Taylors office, she is sitting with Stephanie as she explains she cant eat, she cant sleep. Shes just consumed by this. Taylor offers that when there is an unexpected life change, anxiety is not abnormal. Stephanie sighs and states she doesnt feel anxious, shes angry. Taylor understands, Stephanies husband left her. Stephanie tells her shes not angry with Eric, but at Brooke. Maybe its not even anger she literally wants to kill her. She wants her life to end. Because she realizes just getting her out of their lives doesnt matter any more because she keeps popping back up. Id like to take her face and just wipe it off the planet. Taylor acknowledges these thoughts are very destructive. Stephanie hesitates, drops her shoulders and reveals that when she thinks of her ..she feels as though people are laughing at her. Everyone .her family ..everyone. Taylor offers that no, her family is very concerned about her. Stephanie jumps up and comments that if one more person in her family tries to keep a newspaper from her .Taylor asks if shes seen it? Stephanie answers of course, its everywhere. Its Brooke and Eric fashion dynamic duo together again. And its Brookes fault. She demonstrates with her hands - shes done it to her all over again. Taylor rationalizes its only natural to want to assign blame when things in life are going wrong. Stephanie comments well it is wrong; Brooke is wrong. Just look what she has done to them; to her family. To your marriage, to my marriage, to Bridget. Taylor says she knows, but they need to focus on Stephanie. Stephanie replies she wants her to pay for what shes done. She wants her revenge. Taylor tells her until she gets these feelings under control, she must stay away from Brooke as far as possible.
At Tridge Manor, Kristen and her adopted son, Zende, are greeted by Darla, Thorne, Ridge and Massimo. She explains Zende is on a short break from school so they are only going to be here for a few days. Darla comments on how grown up he is. Ridge says its too bad Tony couldnt join them; hows he doing? Kristen comments that hes doing really well (previously diagnosed with AIDS), he wanted to come, but had to stay back and work on the benefit. Ridge invites them in to sit down. Thorne tells her everyone over at Spectra is so proud that she asked them to be one of her sponsors. Ridge and Mass chime in too. And Kristen beams that she is so glad they were so willing to help. Mass says AIDS awareness is something everyone should be involved in. Thorne inquires about the benefits and Zende tells him the money they raised last year built a wing for the orphanage where he was from, but this year they are really focusing on the AIDS problem. So many of the orphans in Africa have lost their parents to AIDS. He was lucky that he got adopted. Its not so easy for the 12 million kids still left in Africa. Thorne laments its only going to get worse if the Africans can not get the information and medicine they need. He was talking earlier to Tony and there is such a stigma about the disease. And kids have actually seen their parents killed right in front of them because they were infected. Darla asks if the benefits and concerts really help? Kristen states that every vial of anti-retroviral drugs that they send to Africa can change a persons life. It give a child a chance to grow up and know his parents and the parents a chance to know their child. Zende sadly tells them if there had been medicine available for his birth mother, she might be alive today. Kristen gives him a big hug. Ridge tells him he has their support, 100%. Zende says he was hoping he could talk to Grandma about it too and that shed want to host a benefit in L.A. They all sort of look at each other and Darla says she has a lot going on right now. And Ridge explains that is why he thinks its best if he stays with them this time. Zende offers that was his idea; he wanted to hang out with his cousins. Ridge laughs and says dont let them stop him; the girls are down by the pool.
He cant wait to get up and leave. When hes out, Kristen says the real reason theyre back. Dad and Brooke married again? She cant believe it.
In the living room at Erics Love Shack, Brooke in her sexy black teddy, is folding the robe part of it when Eric comes out of the bedroom fastening his shirt cuffs. He seems in a good mood when Brooke tells sleepyhead shes made coffee. He remarks she should have come back to bed, but she says she wasnt tired. He takes the robe from her and throws it aside and smiles that neither is he (tired, that is) and kisses her good morning. Brooke remarks he really should call the office. Megan called and said the switch board is lit up like the 4th of July. They sit and she shows him the newspaper with a big picture of the two of them; the word is out. Even Rick called. He was surprised, but very supportive. Hes glad to hear that. She giggles when he asks how is she feeling, Mrs. Eric Forrester? She tells him actually she was going to ask him the same thing. She hopes he wasnt too disappointed about last night. He contends they have plenty of time for a proper honeymoon. But, she continues that he went to a lot of trouble to make this very romantic dinner, and she feels very badly. He states they will consummate this marriage when they are ready. Brooke says, I want to be a real wife to you, Eric. He leans in as if to kiss her and then picks up the newspaper and states then she wont mind making him some breakfast. And dont she dare change out of that. She cajoles and he says no, no. He means it; he was very understanding last night and he pouts that he thinks its the least she can do for him. He grins, please! She giggles okay.
Kristen questions how could Dad get a divorce and not even tell their mother? Mass says its not how, but why? Ridge remarks that Eric had never gotten over Brooke. They discuss how he renewed his vows and said all these beautiful words about Stephanie and his family. Thorne offers well he has another family now. Mass holds up the newspaper and says if they see this, theyll realize the whole world knows about it now. And hes sure the press will be calling her for a comment. Thorne points out that their mother has spent her entire life projecting an image of dignity and class, and Brooke and Dad have now reduced it to tabloid trash. Kristen asks if no one has heard from her mother. Shes not at home and not answering her cell phone. Ridge speaks up and says Taylor mentioned they were having a session today. Both Mass and Kristen are surprised that shes in some sort of therapy session. Thorne says good, its the help she needs. Ridge opines he hopes thats true. Shes been under a lot of stress lately and it wouldnt take much to push her over the edge. Thorne goes further and says hes sure this thing with Brooke and Dad has pushed her past the limit.
Stephanie gets up and wanders around the office and tells Taylor she knows better than most what Brooke has done to her ..seduced both of her sons and her husband .humiliated her. She squints her eyes as she remembers flashes of pure Brooke in her trashy bedroom line at Forrester; marrying Eric twice; kissing Thorne at their wedding, with Ridge at theirs, falling out of the elevator on top of Ridge in very little else but Brooke and skin.
Brooke brings Eric his breakfast in on a tray and sits it before him. He says it looks great, and rises and takes both of her hands and says so does she! She tells him she thinks she will go change, but he tells her dont dare. She comments she felt silly enough just cooking in this get-up. He jokes she IS cooking in this get-up. She offers that hes not making this any easier. He asks if shes uncomfortable, but she replies uncomfortable on himself. She doesnt want to tease him. He asks if she knows how long its been since hes been tempted by his wife? She tells him he better eat his breakfast. She sits on the couch with him and he remarks there are an awful lot of pancakes. She says she will help and she dips her finger in the syrup and then sucks her finger. Mmmmmm. He tells her okay, now she IS teasing him. She giggles that he loves it. He says, I love YOU. And he kisses her.
Brooke tells him they are going to be late for work. Should she drive in alone or He grunts uh-uh. He pulls her into the bedroom and says he already called and told them theyd be a little late. Reluctantly she says she hopes he doesnt have any expectations, as she sits on the bed. He sits besides her and says, no, no expectations. No preconceptions. I just wanna be here with you. Just you and me. Here like this. No one else. Nothing else. He gently touches her face, her lips and says he just wants to concentrate on her; her mouth; her face; her hair; shes so beautiful. Every beautiful inch of you. She smiles as he nuzzles her neck and hair, but the smile turns serious as Eric continues to kiss her neck, her chest and clearly wants more. Hes laid her down by now but she gently pushes him away and tells him to stop. She apologizes; its not him, but its Nick. Hes still with her and she just needs a little more time. He strokes her arm and sighs and says yeah, and he needs some air. She asks him not to be upset and he replies hed not. Hes a little breathless, but not upset. He holds out his hand for her and says its okay. Hes going outside to get some air. Why doesnt she get ready for work and theyll drive in together? Gone, she covers her face with her hands, lets out a sigh and seems all too happy this is over.
Ridge tells the others hed just afraid that Mothers going to retaliate, do something to Brooke. Thorne pipes up and says then they have to stop her. Ridge tells them Mother asked Taylor for help and she NEVER asks help from anyone. So if she thinks she needs counseling, then Brooke needs an armed guard. Darla says they have to do something! Mass agrees. She can be in very deep trouble. Kristen says she knew it the minute they told her Dad and Brooke were married. Mom is tough, but this is too much. Mass tells her it is a good thing she came; she is going to need all the support she can get. And Darla comments that she hasnt been getting much of that lately. Thorne laments maybe they were too hard on her. But, Mass reminds him that he did not push her over the edge. No single event ever causes anyone to reach their psychological breaking point. Its an accumulation of tension over time. Kristen adds that Dads wedding was just the last straw. Ridge adds that shes been under a lot of pressure for a very long time. Hed even tried to convince her to go to Genoa City for Laurens wedding. Change of scenery, connect with some old friends. Kristen differs in that a wedding probably wouldnt be a good idea right now. Anything that reminds her of Dad and Brooke could just push her over the edge.
Brooke is still sitting on the bed, fingering her wedding band when she turns as Stephanie calls out her name. She asks what is she doing here? Steph replies she was waiting to get her alone.
Kristen comments that Ridge could be right; Brooke could be in real danger. But Mass is more concerned about Stephanie. Shes feeling alone; her husband has left her and shes been ostracized from her family. Thorne adds with good reason. Mass agrees, her behavior has been certainly erratic. They point out she made them believe she was dying, and asked Brooke to kill herself. Kristen shakes her head; she cant believe it. Her mom is so strong, so in control. Mass reminds her that this is not the woman they know. Shes lost her foundation. Shes desperate and her strength is leaving her. Ridge comments that she needs them now. Darla asks what are they going to do? Ridge tells them the most important thing right now is to keep her away from Brooke. His mother is slipping big time and theres no telling what would happen if those two got together right now.
But, they are together right now. Brooke stands up and tells Stephanie she shouldnt be there. Stephanie says youre damn right I shouldnt be here. Because this shouldnt be happening. Its already happened. Eric and I are married, states Brooke. She picks up the robe and Steph jerks it right out of her hands and tells her please, dont cover up because of her. She chuckles, dont be embarrassed, thats her uniform, isnt it? Shes surprised it doesnt have her name stitched right across the top there. Brooke sniffs that what she does in HER bedroom with HER husband is none of her business. And Stephanie belts out it certainly isnt a secret to anyone else in her family! God, is that the little outfit you always wear? Just a little lace, a little skin and it turns their brains to MUSH. Both of my sons and now my husband, all over again." Brooke asserts she did not steal Eric away from her, she points that he came to her. Steph smarts that yes she knows, and points that she knows exactly what he came looking for! She goes on that Brooke didnt love him. She married him, but she didnt love him. She made this marriage just to reassure Bridget that she was over Nick. She gestures wildly with her hands. What did she think; that she was making some great, noble sacrifice; that its going to make her some wonderful mother? Brooke starts to say that she and Eric agreed, and Steph interrupts with newspaper in hand and mocks that, yes, Eric and you .the fashion duo. This humiliation .this degradation. Right in front of my doorstep. She slams the paper down. Brooke says, we didnt know! Steph replies, you didnt CARE! Brooke tells her Eric didnt want to hurt her. Hes doing something to help his daughter. Steph sighs and shakes her head and remarks she knows why he walked away from her. She doesnt blame him. Shes done some terrible things. Look at her, lying about dying. Having her grandchildren right there next to her deathbed, scaring them to death. And the whole time, all she could think of was getting rid of Brooke. She makes the motions of choking someone to death. And continues that for years and years and years thats all that was in her head, as she reaches for her hair, was getting rid of Brooke. She was spiraling out of control! She says she doesnt know who she is anymore. She doesnt recognize herself anymore. She doesnt know what shes capable of anymore. She doesnt understand the things she does. She doesnt know the things she is capable of doing! By now, shes inched her way toward Brooke and is standing right in front of her. Brooke backs up and warns Stephanie dont, stay back! Steph continues that she used to be rational; she used to be a sane person. She takes on a maniacal crazy look and reaches for Brookes throat and says, not any morrrrrrrrrrre.
She hears her name and it takes a moment for Taylor to call her back from the dark, scary place shes been. With a look of horror on her face, in defeat she tells Taylor she thinks she needs her to help her. Shes afraid she might lose control of herself. Taylor gets up and walks toward her and assures her she is not going to let that happen. She will help her fight this. But Stephanie states she has been fighting it for so long. And she feels she has failed everyone, herself, everyone. She makes a face, clinches her eyes and asks, all this anger and this pain, what for? Taylor tells her there are other ways to protect her family. Emotionless, like a beaten woman, Steph utters, from Brooke? No, shes ruined me, Taylor. Shes ruined everything Ive ever loved. Everything. Taylor goes to her and lets her rest her head on her shoulders as she comforts her. Stephs eyes closed, barely audible, she continues, everything."
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