B&B Friday Update 2/24/06

The Bold & The Beautiful Update Friday 2/24/06

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At Dante’s, Bridget tells him she can not raise a child with him. She’s married. He maintains he knows that she is legally. Frustrated at him, she says legally and in every other way. “Nick and I have NEVER wavered on our promise to raise Dominick.” He tells her he knows and that makes him sad. That she doesn’t have a marriage without his son.

Brooke walks to the front door of her home and asks Stephanie to get out. Every time she comes to her house is more insane than the time before. Innocently, Stephanie asks what is so insane for her wanting Brooke to be happy? Brooke says she thinks she liked her more when she was asking her to shoot herself. Stephanie makes a face. Brooke adds this, Stephanie didn’t give a damn about her, but at least she was determined that Bridget not get hurt.

Ridge walks up behind Brooke and asks what is going on now? Brooke replies that instead of accusing her of stealing her daughter’s husband, now Stephanie is begging her to. Ridge is aghast. Stephanie goes on, doesn’t he think that Brooke and Nick should be together and be happy? He tells her she really has gone off the deep end now, hasn’t she? Brooke points out to Ridge that his mother would do anything, no matter how depraved, to make sure she did not end up with him.

Jackie is at the beach house with Nick and he’s told her about Dante. She laments what a tragedy this is. First, Nicole and now Dominick….then no, the first tragedy was losing R.J. and Hope (when is she ever going to get over that? That Nick didn’t end up with Brooke. I guess that was his destiny!) He tells her there really is no point in discussing this. She offers that he and Bridget told Felicia they would raise Dominick; has that changed? He comments that everything has changed. Why would Dante want him to raise the boy? ……And the truth is, he really doesn’t know if it makes sense to want to.

Bridget tells Dante that no matter what he thinks of Nick, he really loves her. He questions that. The way a husband loves a wife? If a loving friendship is enough to start a family, why not him, her and Dominick? She reminds him that he is a father now. And she is going to be very disappointed if all this child means is leverage with her. He should forget about “you and me. Forget about me and Nick. This is about Dominick.” He asks her how? Nick wants to adopt, but how does he know they will even be together a year from now? She points out all they have gone through, it’s only made them stronger. He confesses that he sees she is not the scared person he met in Rome. He thinks loving Nick has made her stronger; perhaps strong enough to walk away. She tells him she came there to discuss Dominick’s future and all he can talk about is wanting her to break up her marriage. Finally he says he can’t imagine ever saying this to her, but he thinks she should leave. He doesn’t want to say things that will hurt her, but he’s not sure he can avoid it.

She tells him she’s just trying to think of some alternatives here. So, he’s bought furniture. Does he think that will be IT? He claims he doesn’t have all the answers. She barks how could he? She doesn’t want to be cruel, but fatherhood wasn’t even something he thought about until a couple of days ago. He answers that fatherhood on his own, no. He doesn’t know what is going to happen, “but I’m making room for my son in my heart, in my life and in my home.” She wonders what kind of home that is going to be as he is trying to juggle two careers as an artist and as a new designer. Is a nanny’s face going to be the most familiar one to Dominick?

Angrily, he tells hr why doesn’t she just go door to door. She and Nick have money and connections. Perhaps they can convince another family that they can raise their child better than they can. She regrets if she’s offended him. This is NOT about just anyone’s child. This is her sister, Felicia’s child. She had asked her and Nick to step in and Bridget doesn’t want to exclude Dante, but come on. The only connection he had to him was the night he was conceived. He admits that’s pretty much the essential one. She says a commitment to a family wasn’t part of that deal; that’s all she is saying.

He pressures her. Even if he started adoption procedures tomorrow, how does he know that Nick wants to adopt him? Has she ASKED him? They get nowhere because she says Nick loves the boy and Dante counters that he just wants a son named after him. She tells him she didn’t expect that he’d have an answer for him tonight. He wants to know if he seems undecided to her? She finishes by saying they both just want what’s best for Dominick. And so does Nick. Can they please just agree to concentrate on figuring that out? He nods sure. She thanks him and says she will call him later.

Ridge is shocked – Felicia and Dante? Brooke offers that the point is, whatever happened between Felicia and Dante, it wasn’t a committed relationship. So Felicia has say so about how she wants her son raised, and she wants him with Bridget and Nick. Rolling her eyes, Stephanie also offers that the point is, Dante is NOT going to go away! Ridge wants to know what does this have to do with him and Brooke? He tells his mother he’d warned her. He wasn’t going to suffer through any more of her interference anymore. She counters with, “oh, you’d rather suffer through a marriage with her, like your father just had?” He comes back that if she’s not going to support him and Brooke raising their son together, then he doesn’t want to hear it. Sarcastically, she says if that is his objective, then why hasn’t it happened? He’s been running a full-court press ever since he walked out on Taylor, and where has it gotten him? Brooke tells her that is none of her business either.

Pointing her finger and almost chuckling, Stephanie says he needs to ask himself the same question, and deep down she thinks he knows the answer. “Hard as it is to believe, she doesn’t want you. She’s moved on to ‘quotation marks’ “destiny, part two, Nick.”

Suddenly Jackie suggests they go out to dinner, someplace with lots of people and music – Chuck’s Bar. He’s just got to get out of this house and away from these thoughts. He reminds her that Dominick is sleeping in the back. Bridget wanted him to stay for the night. He says he should take him to Felicia’s right now; that’s what he should do! She bemoans no, why should he, if he really gets some comfort by having him there? He answers that he doesn’t want Bridget to get more attached to a child they are going to lose. Dante doesn’t have to say it. He’s the father. He calls the shots. Nick doesn’t want to sit around waiting for something that won’t happen. He doesn’t want to go through that disappointment again, and he certainly doesn’t want it for his wife.

Bridget comes in. There’s an awkward moment and Jackie says she will go. Bridget asks when was Dominick’s last bottle? She’s going to go check on him. She touches both Jackie and Nick on her way by. Jackie tells Nick that Dominick will be okay. Whatever happens, he’s going to be fine. “The question is, will Bridget. Will you?”

Later alone, Bridget and Nick re-hash her talk with Dante. She comments she’s never seen him this way before. She thinks the word adoption scared him. Nick says it scares him too. She just thinks they need to give Dante a little time to get used to this and he will be reminded why Felicia chose them and why they took on the commitment. But, he tells her no. She made a commitment to be there for the child, his son. Now, he doesn’t have a son. Therefore, she is released from that commitment. She comments that Dominick didn’t vanish after the paternity test; he still needs them. Nick answers that he needs a home and he’ll have one. But, it’s not going to be with then. He did NOT sign on to raise another man’s child!

Brooke asks Stephanie how in the world would she know what she wants? Stephanie smarts that no one in this world knows better than her. Brooke tells her that yeah, that’s her fantasy. Stephanie thinks she is so low that there’s nothing her superior intelligence can’t penetrate. She lashes at her that if she thinks there is nothing wrong with calmly arranging for her daughter to lose her husband on the heels of losing her child, then Stephanie is the monster, not her. Stephanie remarks that Bridget has already lost him (how, when, where?) and no one is trying to assign blame here. He wants to be a good husband and Brooke wants him to be a good husband. But, he’s staying with her out of love for Brooke. Not because he loves Bridget. Brooke states that Stephanie has her agenda. To get Bridget and Dante together and to cement the little boy into the Forrester family anyway possible. And to push Brooke over to Nick in order to destroy all hope of her and Ridge getting together in the future.

Stephanie speaks over her shoulder and asks Ridge if he’s buying any of this version of reality? He asks her what she’s doing there at Brooke’s anyway. She’s not going to take any advice from her anyway. Stephanie answers well she better take it from somebody. Looking directly at Brooke, she tells her, “look, there’s nothing more destructive than you being bad, except when you try to be good.” And that her daughter is stuck in a marriage with a man, who at best, gives her a parental interest. “And, that poor S.O.B. Nick is MISERABLE doing his duty by you.” She points to Ridge and asks if he wants to join this casualty list? Brooke says, “yeah, yeah, yeah, that’s really the thought that you can’t abide.” That this really has nothing to do with her unconsummated romance with Nick, but rather Stephanie’s unconsummated romance with her oldest son.

Stephanie looks at her askance as Brooke mocks, “you still wish he was a little baby, sitting on your lap with his diaper. Goochie, goochie, goo.” And for God’s sake, he’s an independent man, so she has her alter ego, Taylor, the beautiful, perfect Taylor, who isn’t so perfect after all, but she listens to everything that Stephanie says. And she tells Stephanie everything, so to her, she’s perfect. And the next best thing to being in bed with Ridge herself.

To Ridge, Stephanie asks if he is going to stand there and let Brooke talk to her this way? “The woman that the whole world watched sleep her way through my family.”He just grins, seems to be amused by all of this. Brooke tells her to stop it. She’s so tired and sick of this old crap. The Forrester men came at her like a stampede. Years of living with Stephanie was like aversion therapy. They had to find a woman who was NOTHING like her. She turns to Ridge and points out, “you, don’t you dare think you’re going to sit this one out on the fence the way you normally do. You either stand up with me and our children, or you let your mother take you home and tuck you in.”

With folded arms, Ridge asks if honor thy father, honor they mother; isn’t that one of the Ten Commandments? Stephanie obliges by saying yes it is and he knows it. He replies well then they can just haul him off to hell. He doesn’t give a damn. He’s tried and he’s tried, and he’s done. All she wants is unquestioned control here. And he knows she is gonna lie, she’s gonna nag, she’s gonna use the guilt card until she gets that control…..well her opinion of Brooke or anything else for that matter doesn’t matter to him one bit! Stephanie says okay, then pay no attention to her. Forget everything except the one truth that he does know. Brooke is opening the door to him because she doesn’t want anybody to think she’s responsible for her daughter’s marriage breaking up. Brooke finds this unbelievable. Ridge counters that Bridget is no relation to her. So she can’t use that “family” excuse for interfering. It doesn’t exist so she doesn’t even have that.

Stephanie asks why can’t she be concerned about his happiness? Ridge answers then why don’t they put it to a test? He rubs his hands in glee. Okay. He says he didn’t expect an audience, but here goes. If his mother wants to care abut him, and feel good about his happiness, he’s going to let her. And, if it proves something to Brooke, so much the better. He walks to Brooke and stands before her and tells her he wants their life back, to be a family again. He pulls the ring box out of his pocket and asks her one more time, will she be his wife? Stephanie looks like she swallowed a spoonful of castor oil.

Bridget tells Nick this has been the hardest day of her life and she doesn’t think they should be talking about this right now. He differs, they should. They can’t go to sleep tonight and wake up thinking they understand each other when they don’t. She doesn’t believe he can be saying that he doesn’t care for Dominick now. Nick states he’s simply saying he doesn’t feel right keeping him from his natural father. Bridget says Dante needs help and she thinks he would be open to an arrangement where Dominick lives with them. She even pounds her fist on the table to make this point. He questions for how long? What if he changes his mind after they have gotten more attached to him, which he could do at any time in the next eighteen years? She thinks that is better than giving up. He doesn’t think it’s giving up, just reality. She claims she doesn’t understand him right now. He counters with he thinks he understands her, and it scares him. He thinks part of her is clinging to this boy so she doesn’t feel the pain of losing Nicole and all the hopes they pinned on her. She agrees that she is feeling the loss of that child that she carried in her body, but now he’s telling her she can’t love her son?

Nick answers no, he’s telling her that Dominick is NOT their son. But, they can have their own son. She accuses him that he can’t know that. But, even if they could, why does that child have to replace Dominick? Why can’t she love Dominick no matter where his DNA came from? And why can’t he? He laments that he can. He can love that boy more every day. He can build dreams that every father dreams to have with his son. Right up until Dante and a judge shows up and decides he no longer is theirs. And all the wounds they feel right now will be opened up again. He can do that, but he’s not going to. She thinks he would if this marriage was important enough to him. He asks if she is saying he is not committed enough to this marriage?

She replies no, she thinks they are both desperately committed. Not to the marriage they actually have, but to the marriage that they keep wanting to have. The one that Nicole stood for, and Dominick. “They were the glue that was holding us together, Nick. And now, there is no more glue.”

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