B&B Friday Update 12/16/05

The Bold & The Beautiful Update Friday 12/16/05

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Written By Wanda
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Same day continuation of Thursday’s Episode:

In the Forrester guest house, Bridget has just met baby Dominick for the first time after just hearing about his existence mere moments before. She’s a tad envious and dubious as Felicia gives Dominick a bottle with Nick standing nearby assisting her. To ease her doubts, Felicia asks Bridget if she would like to help feed him? Bridget declines. Felicia explains that she wasn’t making enough milk, maybe an after affect of the treatment. Bridget agrees and asks if they gave her a thyroid test? Felicia tells her it took her doctors a week to think of that; wished she had been there. Bridget retorts that she could have been here with his family…..and his father. That Nick would never get those four months back, or Dominick. Felicia nods toward her when she says then maybe the two of them can figure out a way to make it up to them.

At Stephanie’s, she and Eric stand discussing Felicia’s health. He says she told him about the tests, and that they came back clear of cancer. Stephanie rests her arms on the edge of the piano and says let’s just hope that is not what it is. Eric is concerned when she tells him they were here last night and Felicia had collapsed. He wants her to see Dr. Namura right away. Stephanie stops him as she says she has already taken her and came back. They ran tests and that she was taking some sort of prescription pill and she doesn’t think she’d be taking those unless something was wrong.

Eric chastises her of when was she going to tell him? “My God, if you hadn’t been searching for yet another example of what a lousy father I am, you wouldn’t have said anything to me at all! What, were you going to wait til she was on her deathbed?” He then apologizes but Stephanie tells him not to walk away, don’t do that! That he has to find a way to face this. And to face the absolute worst thing that can happen if he was going to be of any use to her. “If you don’t do that, Eric, then she’ll just protect you the way she always does. Now, if you want to find a way to redeem yourself with me, you be a REAL father to her now. Because she really needs you!”

Felicia lays Dominick back in his crib and joins Bridget and Nick in the living room. Bridget offers that she probably should apologize to her for just barging in like this. But, Felicia states that they need to come to an understanding. Bridget is not even sure that is possible. She thinks she has been as forthright as she possibly can be, but Felicia’s behavior isn’t making any sense to her. She wants to know if her strategy was to just let Stephanie tell Nick about his child rather than her spring it on him herself? Felicia flips that just to think of her as half-baked and she won’t seem so mysterious. And she knows Stephanie; there’s no controlling her. Bridget states that she does know that Stephanie has spent a good portion of the last few months trying to break up the two of them. Felicia asks why? She seems to adore the both of them. Bridget states that Stephanie seems to be ever-changing. Perhaps Felicia knows more than she does. Does Stephanie want her to be with Nick? And then adds, Felicia should know that is not going to happen. Felicia looks uncomfortable and avoids her eyes.

Eric asks where is Felicia now? And then declares he’s going down to the guest house. Stephanie stops him again. Eric counters with, “don’t do that! Don’t do that! What is it with you? ‘Eric do something. Eric be a father to your daughter, only don’t wake her up.’” He states he is going to see her, and not to get back in Stephanie’s good graces. She maintains that she knows he cares about Felicia. He just never graduated into the hard part of the caring. And he asks, does she resent him for that? She replies, “you bet!” He lays a little on her too. He points his finger and tells her that what he resents is her selfishness with the children. How it was so important for her to be everything to them. She would shove him away and then accuse him of being aloof, so she could blame someone else for her screw-ups. She sits down and nods that yes, there is probably a grain of truth in that. He thanks her, and adds that is it any wonder that Felicia came to her rather than to him?

Stephanie argues that everything she has found out about Felicia has been purely accidental; she has NOT confided in her. It’s not even her nature, and certainly not the nature of her relationship with her. Eric scoffs that he certainly doesn’t think she came all the way back here from Europe just to take advantage of the opportunity to design cutting-edge caftans with Stephanie and Thorne! He tells Stephanie to cancel their reservations; he’s going to go see Felicia. For the third time in minutes, Stephanie puts the brakes on that. He turns on her and says that he doesn’t care if she is lesbian or living down there with a tribe of unwashed gypsies. Exasperated, Stephanie lets out a sigh – a sigh of the cold, hard truth. That Felicia was living down there with a little baby. “Her son, your grandson. Nick’s the father.” He’s absolutely aghast; to be happy or sad?

Nick glances in on his son as Felicia stands by the window and tells Bridget that her mother is tireless in her efforts to reconfigure other people’s lives. And she’s sorry that Bridget was a target. But, she doesn’t think that even Stephanie is unrealistic enough to believe that Nick would overthrow her for a woman he hasn’t seen in over a year….and was never in love with. So, if her question within her question was about Felicia……Nick states that nobody was accusing Felicia of anything. Felicia counters with there are a couple of things to accuse her of, and she doesn’t blame Bridget. She goes on that when Taylor got in touch and offered her the job, she used it as a clear excuse to come back and see where things stood. She found out her parents had split and her dad had remarried Brooke and that all seemed like fun. But, where her conscious was tender was in her relation to Nick. Married was the last thing she thought Nick would be. And she guesses everyone else thought it was a sore subject too because no one told her. So, yes, she had come back to test the waters, but that was before she knew about Bridget. And that she was pregnant. She did know the two of them had been through so much.

Bridget has listened and then adds her own thoughts that she is not worried about her marriage. And she wants Felicia to listen – Nick will love that little boy just as much as the little girl they are having. Felicia chokes up and walks away. She tells her she is so glad her plan didn’t work. She’s happy they both know, and even more happy to know Dominick is going to grow up with a sister.

She smiles at Nick. He approaches her and asks if this means that she might not go back to France? She tells him she is not sure where she will end up, but it’s clear to her that Dominick’s home should be here. Bridget asks if she would leave him? She offers not without a fight…..and not unless she knew…..She doesn’t finish the sentence, but nods at Nick.

She returns to her packing and then asks what are they doing the rest of the day? Nick stammers that Bridget has already put in a full shift at the hospital. Felicia asks if she would return with her? She’s having some tests and it goes in one ear and out the other, she doesn’t know what sort of questions to ask, but she bets Bridget would. Nick asks if there is some sort of problem with the test results and Felicia replies she doesn’t know until she gets there. She didn’t know Dr. Namura was going to keep her overnight and she let Renee go visit some old friends.

Bridget asks about Dominick. Nick looks at her and then back to Felicia and offers why not let him stay with them for the night. In less than a heartbeat, Felicia answers that is perfect. She chuckles that will be great as he will sleep for two or three more hours and then he’ll wake up hungry. She gives them instructions for the bottles in the kitchen. And how to powder and diaper him. Then she asks Bridget if she will mind? Bridget says she won’t mind.

Eric wonders what this will do to Bridget? Stephanie exclaims that’s what is worrying Felicia. She doesn’t want to complicate their lives. And she doesn’t care if they have to barricade that guest house; they can’t let her leave; can’t let her leave Los Angeles! Eric agrees, yet he is Bridget’s father too. He doesn’t know if he’ll be able to help either one of them. Stephanie follows Eric as he walks away. She’s soft but firm as she tells him she doesn’t know what he can or can’t do. But, the one thing he can not do is walk away emotionally now. “My God, what is going to happen to that baby boy if he’s left without his mother?”

At the hospital, Dr. Namura tells Felicia that he let her go home last night, but this time he can’t take no for an answer. He needs her on a cardiac monitor. Bridget realizes she had a loss of consciousness. Felicia jokes that yes and he didn’t have any leeches like in the middle ages, so he had to cut a half dozen little pieces out of her. The doctor scolds her for not seeing her oncologist and not being on radiation after her chemo before she went back to Paris. She found out she was pregnant and thought the chemo had shrunk the tumor. Bridget tells her she needs both. Is the doctor saying she has had a reoccurrence? He replies yes. They enter a darkened room and Felicia puts her bag down. Felicia asks how bad is it? Bridget asks is it in the same location? He tells them no; it’s not uncommon for colon cancer to metastasize to the liver, and yes, they did find it there. The look on Felicia’s face – this bites! And he goes on to say she is not a good candidate for surgery. The cancer has also spread to the peritonea. Huh? Felicia wants to know what is that? He answers it’s the membrane lining her abdomen and internal organs. It’s a condition they call carcinomatosis. Bridget explains it means the cancer is widespread. The doctor adds that an aggressive case of chemo — five or six pulses over several cycles might slow it down, but Felicia guesses it won’t eliminate it. He agrees that is probably not a realistic goal. She replies, “then what? I live for a couple of months and then check out? Or, twice as long on chemo, losing my hair, puking my guts out, to check out anyway.” She asks the doctor how long does she have without the treatment? She tears up and sits down abruptly when he tells her two or three months. She utters – that soon? She can’t stifle the cries. Bridget sits beside her and Felicia asks if they can have a minute? He tells her of course, this needs to be her decision. By now, Bridget is crying as well. He tells her they won’t start the cardiac monitor until they talk. It’s rare but if her heart muscle or function is being affected, they need to know.

The girls seem to bond. They cry a little, they talk a little. Would this have happened if she’d not been pregnant; if she’d had radiation? Be her sister now, not her doctor. No one knows for sure. Statistically, the numbers are petty good; probably not. Felicia opts that might be a pretty good bargain; her life for Dominick’s. Most people die, and nobody ever sees anything for it. So that still makes her ahead of the game. Bridget grabs Felicia’s shoulder and hangs on, fighting back more tears.

Eric states to Stephanie that Felicia is a fighter. If the cancer has come back, she will fight and will win. Even though Stephanie tells him that Felicia is tired, he says she has a little baby to fight for now, though. Stephanie bemoans she thinks Felicia has known for some time and has probably prepared herself for the worst. “Truth is, I’m not.” She grimaces and waves Eric off to go see his daughter before he accuses her of keeping her from seeing him again.

She softly sobs and Eric like many times probably before, goes to her and takes her in his arms and she cries on his shoulder. Both are in pain.

Felicia tries to make light of the situation by saying she hopes her cancer survivor group doesn’t hear about this. They will absolutely kill her for drying. Bridget brings her back down to earth by saying she needs to consider all her options. Felicia replies, “correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t I just receive a fatal diagnosis?” And it was okay to say yes. She would have to say the same thing someday, so just practice on her. Bridget affirms that if the treatment will slow down the process, isn’t it worth it to have that much more time with her son? Felicia points out what kind of life? Lying in bed, stinking of vomit. Is that how she wants her son or anybody else to remember her? Or to live long enough to get some really awful complication? Is she thinking about this the wrong way? Bridget answers no, she is. She doesn’t want it to be true so she’s telling her that she is wrong, when she isn’t. Felicia thinks a heart attack in her sleep doesn’t sound like a bad way to go. Bridget apologizes, but Felicia says she is the one who’s been unfair. She should not have involved Bridget this way.

She sits and Bridget again sits beside her as Felicia says she needs something from her. “I am not so afraid of dying. I mean….I wish I weren’t, don’t get me wrong, but I feel like I’ve had my miracle. In beautiful little Dominick. I don’t think they come in twos.” She breaks down and cries more when she says she is afraid of leaving.

Nick knocks and comes in with little Dominick. She tells him it is okay. They were just having a little girl talk; is Dominick okay? He replies yes and that they were home having a little boy talk. And Dominick missed his mommy. Bridget is staring at Dominick. Felicia asks her if she can go get him for her? Gently she does and sits down again beside Felicia. She speaks to him. Felicia looks at Nick and tells him that his wife is a natural. He remarks that he thinks she is going to make a good mom. Felicia answers, “I think so, too. I’m counting on it.” Bridget meets Felicia’s eyes and both seem to be in tune to the seriousness of the moment.

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