The Bold & The Beautiful Update Friday 2/24/06
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At Dantes, Bridget tells him she can not raise a child with him. Shes 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 doesnt 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 didnt 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 daughters husband, now Stephanie is begging her to. Ridge is aghast. Stephanie goes on, doesnt he think that Brooke and Nick should be together and be happy? He tells her she really has gone off the deep end now, hasnt 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 hes 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 didnt 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 doesnt 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, its 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 Dominicks future and all he can talk about is wanting her to break up her marriage. Finally he says he cant imagine ever saying this to her, but he thinks she should leave. He doesnt want to say things that will hurt her, but hes not sure he can avoid it.
She tells him shes just trying to think of some alternatives here. So, hes bought furniture. Does he think that will be IT? He claims he doesnt have all the answers. She barks how could he? She doesnt want to be cruel, but fatherhood wasnt even something he thought about until a couple of days ago. He answers that fatherhood on his own, no. He doesnt know what is going to happen, but Im 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 nannys face going to be the most familiar one to Dominick?
Angrily, he tells hr why doesnt 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 shes offended him. This is NOT about just anyones child. This is her sister, Felicias child. She had asked her and Nick to step in and Bridget doesnt want to exclude Dante, but come on. The only connection he had to him was the night he was conceived. He admits thats pretty much the essential one. She says a commitment to a family wasnt part of that deal; thats 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 didnt expect that hed have an answer for him tonight. He wants to know if he seems undecided to her? She finishes by saying they both just want whats 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 wasnt 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 hed warned her. He wasnt going to suffer through any more of her interference anymore. She counters with, oh, youd rather suffer through a marriage with her, like your father just had? He comes back that if shes not going to support him and Brooke raising their son together, then he doesnt want to hear it. Sarcastically, she says if that is his objective, then why hasnt it happened? Hes 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 doesnt want you. Shes moved on to quotation marks destiny, part two, Nick.
Suddenly Jackie suggests they go out to dinner, someplace with lots of people and music Chucks Bar. Hes 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 Felicias right now; thats what he should do! She bemoans no, why should he, if he really gets some comfort by having him there? He answers that he doesnt want Bridget to get more attached to a child they are going to lose. Dante doesnt have to say it. Hes the father. He calls the shots. Nick doesnt want to sit around waiting for something that wont happen. He doesnt want to go through that disappointment again, and he certainly doesnt want it for his wife.
Bridget comes in. Theres an awkward moment and Jackie says she will go. Bridget asks when was Dominicks last bottle? Shes 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, hes going to be fine. The question is, will Bridget. Will you?
Later alone, Bridget and Nick re-hash her talk with Dante. She comments shes 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 doesnt have a son. Therefore, she is released from that commitment. She comments that Dominick didnt vanish after the paternity test; he still needs them. Nick answers that he needs a home and hell have one. But, its not going to be with then. He did NOT sign on to raise another mans 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, thats her fantasy. Stephanie thinks she is so low that theres nothing her superior intelligence cant 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, hes 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 hes buying any of this version of reality? He asks her what shes doing there at Brookes anyway. Shes 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, theres 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, thats really the thought that you cant abide. That this really has nothing to do with her unconsummated romance with Nick, but rather Stephanies 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 Gods sake, hes an independent man, so she has her alter ego, Taylor, the beautiful, perfect Taylor, who isnt so perfect after all, but she listens to everything that Stephanie says. And she tells Stephanie everything, so to her, shes 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. Shes 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, dont you dare think youre 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; isnt 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 doesnt give a damn. Hes tried and hes tried, and hes done. All she wants is unquestioned control here. And he knows she is gonna lie, shes gonna nag, shes gonna use the guilt card until she gets that control ..well her opinion of Brooke or anything else for that matter doesnt 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 doesnt want anybody to think shes responsible for her daughters marriage breaking up. Brooke finds this unbelievable. Ridge counters that Bridget is no relation to her. So she cant use that family excuse for interfering. It doesnt exist so she doesnt even have that.
Stephanie asks why cant she be concerned about his happiness? Ridge answers then why dont they put it to a test? He rubs his hands in glee. Okay. He says he didnt expect an audience, but here goes. If his mother wants to care abut him, and feel good about his happiness, hes 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 doesnt think they should be talking about this right now. He differs, they should. They cant go to sleep tonight and wake up thinking they understand each other when they dont. She doesnt believe he can be saying that he doesnt care for Dominick now. Nick states hes simply saying he doesnt 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 doesnt think its giving up, just reality. She claims she doesnt 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 doesnt 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 hes telling her she cant love her son?
Nick answers no, hes telling her that Dominick is NOT their son. But, they can have their own son. She accuses him that he cant know that. But, even if they could, why does that child have to replace Dominick? Why cant she love Dominick no matter where his DNA came from? And why cant 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 hes 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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