The Bold & The Beautiful Update Tuesday 1/9/07
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Eric is appalled and in fact doesnt even believe it when he sees Stephanie on TV calling Jackie a common whore. He thinks it is some kind of mistake, but Ridge assures him that it is true, back in her younger Seattle days. Hes even more shocked when Brooke tells him that it is true and Taylor uncovered it in her sessions with Nick. He cant believe this. That Taylor would find this out so she could tell Stephanie and Stephanie could do this to Jackie. Ridge sets him straight that his mother simply saw the opportunity after she overheard Taylor record her session notes. Ridge explains that woman and her bastard son blackmailed them out of their company, so what they did, they did for Eric.
Felicia comes in and warns them that the press is following her in the gates. And instead of being outraged at Jackie, they are appalled at the Forresters for airing her dirty lingerie in public. Eric states they should be appalled to publicly humiliate Jackie for something that happened thirty years ago. He wonders how in the hell did his mother talk him into this? What was he thinking?
George confronts Nick at home and snarls that this thing is spreading like wildfire. They have to contain this before it causes irreparable damage to the company. Nick assures him that he will talk to the P.R. firm. George scoffs please they cant expect to spin their way out of this. Its already a full-blown crisis and that is why he has called for an emergency board meeting. Nick reminds him that hes CEO and if anyone is going to call a meeting, he will. George tells him that if Nick was thinking rationally, then hed back off. But after the recent display he put on this morning, plus using Marone assets to purchase Forrester Creations simply because his wife left him to go to Ridge Forrester .Nick tells him that he knows that Marone purchasing Forrester was the right thing to do. George differs. What he sees is that Nick grabbed M.I. into his own personal vendetta, and he had no right to do that. Nick points out that he was protecting his mother. George thinks that is a noble cause, but not to involve the stockholders. And he advises him to sell Forrester Creations now, before the value plummets. Nick argues that hed be crazy to do that. Likewise, George states that the Forresters want to buy it back, and theyd be crazy not to sell to them. Nick stands toe to toe and swears he will not sell. Does George hear him? He will NOT sell. In leaving, George tells Jackie that she better talk to her son. Ashamed, Jackie sinks on the couch and asks what has she done to her sons life?
Exhausted, Taylor arrives home and Thorne tells her they have to talk about this. She tells him not now, not while she is this upset. He realizes she is mad at him for going along with Ridge and his mom. Taylor admits she doesnt care how he explains it or how much he wanted to get the company back for his dad nothing justifies what the three of them did. Thorne asks what about Nick? What justified what he did by stealing their company by blackmailing Stephanie? She spews so he degraded Nicks mother for the whole world to see. Not only was that unnecessary, it was cruel. Why couldnt Thorne put his faith in Taylor to help convince Nick to sell the company back instead of hurting people? Why couldnt he trust her to handle it? And more importantly, what does it say about their relationship that he didnt? He confesses that he does trust her, its Nick he doesnt trust. She retorts and because he doesnt, he takes no responsibility to the ridicule that Jackie will have to go through for the rest of her life?
She tells him she is going to Nicks. He and his mother are suffering. Thorne offers to drive her and he points out that his father is hurting too. Does that mean anything to her? She replies of course, she loves them. They are her family, but if you cant trust your family, who can you trust? What she cant believe is that she trusted Stephanie .and she never expected him to be a part of it. Repeatedly he tells her that he is sorry. She pleads with him to promise her that he wont let his family use Jackies past against her any more. Nick and his mother have been through enough. Just let them be!
Ridge preaches to his dad that he knows he has a big heart where Jackie concerned. But, what they did was no worse than what her son did to them. Eric barks that it is just plain wrong. Ridge agrees okay, so they were desperate and all they were doing was fighting fire with fire. Shocked, Eric asks if that is how he and Stephanie justified this? And Brooke too? She vows she didnt know anything about this until a little while ago when she got there. Eric asks where Stephanie is? Hes going to have this out with her right now. Ridge admits to him that shes out of town. She wanted to keep a low profile so she was down in Palm Springs with friends for a few days. Eric knows shes just avoiding a confrontation with him right now. Ridge adds and to try and keep the press from dragging Jackies accident into all of this. Felicia states that could still happen whether her mother is here or in Timbuktu. Eric thinks oh, my God, first Jackie is injured, and now this scandal. The ugliness just keeps escalating. He wants nothing to do with it nothing. He walks out as the reporters continue beating on the door wanting to ask Ridge questions. Felicia calls Thorne and tells him to get over to the house fast. The press is there and they are out for blood. Ridge needs his help right now.
Jackie takes another pill as Nick sits with her and says hell have to get the doctor to change her medication. They have tried everything and nothing helps, but she cant live the rest of her life like this. She says hes got enough to worry about with what she has done. He snarls that what she did should have stayed between the two of them. And it would have if it werent for Stephanie. Jackie says it wasnt just Stephanie. What about Taylor betraying him that way? Enter Taylor walking right in the door. She says he has every right to be angry. What happened was unforgivable. Jackie stands and demands how dare she show her face around here? Nick starts to take up for Taylor as Taylor explains that Stephanie overheard her record her session notes. And she feels like a fool for trusting her. Jackie states, but instead Stephanie took advantage of her, just like she does with everybody. Taylor approaches Jackie and says she should have known, and she is so very sorry.
Somehow the reporters have managed to gain access to the house and are inside. Felicia finds her dad in the study and tells him the press is relentless, they wont let up on Ridge. Eric isnt surprised, shouldnt they be? She wonders if he really is that angry with Ridge and her mother? He asks isnt she? And does she realize how upset Thorne is going to be when he realizes what his mother did to his fiancée? Felicia has to admit that he already knows. He was even in on it, albeit reluctantly. Still he wanted to get the company back for his dad so badly. Eric retorts that he wanted it so badly that he was willing to risk his future with Taylor to do it.
Ridge is forced to make some statement or answer questions. He tells the reporters that the acquisition by Marone Industries of Forresters was basically a hostile takeover of a privately owned family company by big oil. What in the hell does a shipping company know about fashion? The reporters still grumble that what does Jackie and what she did thirty years ago have to do with this? And why they publicly exposed her when she has turned her life around? And why did Forrester sell to Marone in the first place? Quit sidestepping, tell them the full truth in all its juicy detail.
Taylor says that she has spoken with Thorne and made him promise that these attacks will stop. Nick asks if they have admitted they were wrong? Taylor gives a resounding no, but they were wrong. Jackie adds just as she was wrong to encourage Nicky to take their company. There hasnt been a moments peace since. Perhaps he should give it back. Nick vows never! He looks at both of them and says he will go to his grave before he caves into that family. Its never, ever happening. She expresses that cutting their losses is not the same as caving in. And besides the damage has already been done. Jackie turns on the TV with her remote and views the impromptu press conference at the Forresters. Nick flops down beside her. The reporters hound Ridge for answers. What did Jackies accident have to do with this? Inquiring minds want to know. Or would they prefer that the world think the Forresters are just heartless, vengeful people whod ruin anyone?
Thorne enters and puts a stop to this. He adds his family would have never sold Forresters if they hadnt been FORCED to. Yes, he is saying that their company was taken from them in an extremely underhanded way. He even goes on to say that Nick Marone promised to sell them back the company if his fiancée, Dr. Taylor Hayes, helped him solve some personal problems ..and she did. Unfortunately Nick did not honor his part of the deal. The reporters make it sound like it was Taylors fault and he sets them straight on that. The reporter wants to know then how did they find out about Jackie being a prostitute if not from the good doctor? Ridge announces that Nick Marone has always been the aggressor here, but the only way that justice is going to be served is when they get their company back. And this inquisition is OVER! They are still yelping that he didnt answer the question about the connection with Jackie.
Jackie reports she cant believe this could get any worse. Taylor adds that she cant believe her deepest, darkest secrets are public fodder and being used against her. The doorbell rings and Jackie shudders that it might be the press. Its George and he comes right to the point. Hes met with the Marone board. Nick is shocked that he would do that without him being present. George states that Nick is out as CEO and George is in. Nick tells him he can not do that. George defends that he can and he has. And as his first official act, hes divesting M.I. of Forrester Creations. He warns him not to fight him on this. Rest assured, Nick cant win. The women look on helplessly. Nick tells his mother its been a long, exhausting day. Maybe they should just call it a day. Taylor tells him that this is all her fault. And she doesnt expect him to ever forgive her. He paces, but tells her that he does forgive her. He knows she didnt intend for any of this to happen. What hed give if it hadnt. Taylor approaches him and he turns and they console each other.
Ridge laments who would have thought it? His mother hatches this brilliant plan, but instead of the press throwing stones at the Seaside Madam, they start throwing stones at them! Thorne reveals its because they think they went too far. And the harder they tried to explain, the deeper the hole they dug for themselves and Taylor. He regrets ever going that far, and he promised Taylor that he wouldnt be part of this again. But there was no way he was going to let those reporters paint them into being the bad guys. Eric walks out and says all they were trying to do was something wonderful for their old man ..which he really appreciated. But, to be frank, he just thinks they went about it the wrong way. After what happened to Jackie on the runway, he doubts Nick will ever be willing to sell them back the company, and he thinks they just better get used to that.
Ridge gets a phone call and comes back and says they will never believe this. That was George Satalino on the Marone board and they just had an emergency meeting. He gloats that Popeye was tossed overboard. Nick was fired as CEO and not only that, but George wants to talk to them tomorrow about selling the company back to them. Felicia thinks that sounds too good to be true. Ridge says yeah but George asked him to call their attorney and put together the paperwork for an offer. Which means they are one signature away from getting their company back ..and back into Erics hands where it belongs. He puts his hands on his dads shoulders and gives him a pat. Thorne praises him that no one deserves it more than his dad does. Hes the heart and soul of Forrester Creations.
Ridge offers that this time tomorrow Eric will be back behind his desk, the way it was meant to be. And there isnt a damn thing Nick Marone can do about it. A big laughter all the way around. Father and son hug, Felicia kisses Eric and Eric has that old sparkle back.
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