B&B Friday Update 12/22/06

The Bold & The Beautiful Update Friday 12/22/06

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Stephanie tells Ann and Pam that how dare they come there on Christmas. Ann remarks to Pam that she knew it was a mistake. Pam tells her mom it’s okay. Stephanie barks that it’s not. She made it perfectly clear the other day. The little kids come running toward the door with Thomas trying to catch them. Pam walks on in and speaks to him and then Phoebe or is it Steffy? She introduces herself as their Aunt Pam. Ann tells her she is even more beautiful than her pictures and asks little Allie to come to her. Ridge steps in and tell her to stay where she is. All are shocked that this is their great grandmother, and she is alive. Eric introduces her. She makes a small attempt to say she’s been living in Chicago all this time. Gruffly, Ridge tells Thomas and Phoebe to round up the kids and take them into the kitchen. She wants them to stay and Eric says she only wants to get to know her grandchildren. Ridge maintains that she doesn’t DESERVE to meet them. She shouldn’t even be here. His mother doesn’t want them here. And neither does he. Pamela assures them they didn’t come here to disrupt their Christmas. He asks what did she expect would happen? Mother had told them of the abuse. How Pam’s father had beat Stephanie and Ann knew all about it and did nothing. “So what, did you think you were just going to come in here uninvited and have all of us standing here with open arms?”

Eric tells them they we not uninvited, he invited them. He tells Stephanie this is the surprise he told her about. Brooke asks Eric what was he thinking? He answers that he was thinking it was Christmas and it’s time to open their hearts to one another. Felicia says nice sentiment but bad judgment. She’ll drive them to the airport. Ann says no. Not until she says something to her daughter. She goes to Stephanie who has her back turned to her. She tells her that she told her once before, but now she needs to tell her again. She is sorry for what she has done and she wants to say that in front of her entire family. She says she is so sorry and she shamed her for her own failings as a mother. But if the process of healing could begin, if there was something they could do, that’s why Eric had called, and she allowed herself to hope. She knew it was unlikely. She was afraid she would react this way. But, she had to see her. Every Christmas for thirty years she had wondered what it would be like to celebrate with her family….both of her daughters with her beautiful grandchildren and great grandchildren. Ridge tells her but it is not her family. It is his mother’s family. Ann had lost her place there a long time ago. Still Stephanie’s heart is hardened and she tells them to please go, just go! Eric says, “honey, its Christmas, I was just hoping you’d reconsider.” Ridge pipes up again- what, by not turning her away? How many times had his grandmother turned her back on Stephanie? Eric tells him that was many years ago and Ann has expressed her remorse. Ridge points out that she ignored Granddad’s abuse and denied it even happened. Ann tells him he’s right and she’s sorry. More than she can ever say. She tells Stephanie that it killed her when her father hit her. She wanted so desperately to do something, but she was frozen…..the dutiful wife….never to question. Why didn’t she go into that room and stop it? He was taking out his drunken rage on her innocent girl. She cries that she knows she doesn’t deserve her forgiveness, but she can’t live another day without her. “You opened my eyes to the truth. The ugliness of our past. I refused to see it, but I see it now…I see it…..I SEE it.” She has flashbacks to that time and becomes weak and needs to sit down. Bridget tells her to take a deep breath and Felicia gets her a glass of water. Stephanie only shakes her head in disbelief.

Taylor goes to her and tells her it took a great deal of courage and humility for her mother to come there. Eric tells her to look around the room. They’ve all had their conflicts, and the two of them especially. But, here they are….together…. stronger than ever. “We forgive each other….because we’re family.” Ridge tells him that his mother shouldn’t have to forgive anything. How can anyone just stand back and listen when their child is screaming in pain? Ann tells him that he is right. She’s caused them too much pain, and she’s sorry. She tells Pamela to come on, they’ll go.

Taylor looks toward Stephanie to stop her, but she doesn’t so Taylor asks them to wait just a second. She tells Stephanie she wants to talk to her alone in the den. Stephanie says no, but Taylor insists. Come with her now. Stephanie stomps off after her but once in the den tells her she is NOT going to do this. Taylor tells her then she will never be able to move on and neither will anyone else in that room. Stephanie doesn’t understand. Taylor says if she lets her mother and sister walk out, then Christmas is over. This is what Christmas is about. Once a year something magical happens. It’s not just a holiday, it’s about love. If she can’t find love in her heart, then this day is no different than any other. Stephanie shrugs, so now she is ruining Christmas? Taylor replies that she is cheating herself and her children of an incredible opportunity. “Stephanie you are the heart and soul of this family. They all look up to you. I look up to you. We’re watching you now. Forgive your mother.”

The rest amble around and Eric states that Stephanie has to be able to put this behind her. It’s the only way she’ll be able to deal with her past. But, Felicia tells him they can’t force that to happen. Bridget remarks that if anybody can get through to her, it will be Taylor. Thorne says it may just be too much for his mother to deal with. Pamela asks them is this what they think she and her mother wanted? She reminds them that her mother has been separated from Stephanie for thirty years. And yes, she knows she’s failed as a mother, but she’s served her sentence. She says she knows because she served every day with her. And her mother is not the monster; her father is. Every day she watched her. She watched her face as he broke her heart.

Ann stops Pam and tells them that she doesn’t blame them for being angry with her. She was so weak, but she looks at Stephanie now and sees how she leads her family….the way they all love her. “Why couldn’t I be more like HER?” Why? She loves their mother as much as they do ….and oh God, she is so sorry. Pamela says don’t they see. Her mother will never be able to forgive herself unless Stephanie forgives her first.

Taylor tells Stephanie that her mother gave her the apology that she has been waiting for. Stephanie points out that her mother wants her to absolve all her responsibility, and she can’t do that. Taylor says that nobody expects her to excuse her. But, however she handles this right now will leave a lasting impression. Show her children…..and her grandchildren how to forgive. Stephanie says she can’t have her here. It hurts too much. Can’t Taylor understand that? Taylor admits that she does understand, but she also sees her mother hurting too. Living under that oppression all those years. Can she imagine what it was like for her? She hasn’t seen her grandchildren in over thirty years. They hate her and she knows why. Stephanie barks that her mother wouldn’t even know that if she hadn’t just shown up.

Taylor recounts for her that Stephanie has always needed to be in control. Well look at the power that she has now in her hands. This is the greatest life lesson she could teach her family. Let them see her forgive. Let them see her let go of her anger and animosity. She urges her to just go out there and reach out to her mother. “Just accept her apology, that’s all you have to do.” This is the way to heal her past. Stephanie declares finally –finally after THIRTY YEARS she is admitting to it. And finally after thirty years she is there is her home. She sighs “Taylor, I can’t open my heart to her. I can’t. I won’t.” Taylor asks if she believes that Ann is sorry? She replies that yeah, now. Taylor asks if she doesn’t think thirty years in exile for her is enough? Stephanie says she isn’t trying to punish her mother. Taylor states that she is though, and so are her children as they are following her example. Stephanie says she doesn’t hate her and she doesn’t want her children to hate her either. This is what should have happened thirty years ago….when her father died, but she wouldn’t listen to her then. She swept it under the rug……and now it’s too late. She feels she is not strong enough. Taylor points out that she survived her father’s abuse. She thinks she can handle just about anything. Stephanie begs her if she loves her, go out there and ask them to leave. Ask her to leave her home. She can’t do as Taylor asks. She just can’t.

The rest stand around and mumble that at least Taylor and Stephanie are still talking. Then Taylor slowly walks out alone. She approaches Ann and tells them she is sorry, but Stephanie wants the both of them to leave. Pam takes her mother by the arm and tells her to come. And she is sorry, she didn’t mean to ruin their Christmas. Ann turns back and says she can’t tell them how much it meant to see them – Merry Christmas.

Eric goes to the piano and starts playing ‘What Child Is This?’

What child is this who, laid to rest

On Mary’s lap is sleeping?

Whom angels greet with anthems sweet,

While shepherds watch are keeping?

Everyone gathers around chiming in their own joy. Ann and Pamela return as well. From the den Stephanie hears the music and it beckons. She stands in the doorway as she watches her family. She watches intently as Allie wiggles out of Phoebe’s arms and goes to Ann and extends her hand. And a little child shall lead them. Allie tugs on Ann’s hand without saying a word. Stephanie takes a breath and shakes her head and steps forward. One by one, the eyes follow her and they stop singing, the silence is deafening.

With Allie still holding Ann’s hand and standing between them as Stephanie caresses Allie’s hair, she sighs and tells her mother, “alright, mother. Alright. I forgive you.” Ann throws her arms around Stephanie’s neck and calls Stephanie ‘my darling girl.’ Pamela has tears on her face. Eric starts playing and singing ‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’. Stephanie gives another sigh and gives a beaming Ann a kiss on the cheek.

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