B&B Thursday Update 2/1/07

The Bold & The Beautiful Update Thursday 2/1/07

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Rick is doing some crunches and curls in the privacy of his bedroom while singing Italian opera. Brooke walks in and overhears and tells him he has a gift. She knew he had taken some lessons, but she had no idea he was this good. He comments that he had a good coach, but he’d appreciate it if she just keeps this to herself. He’s not quite ready to share it with anybody else just yet. He tells her he loved being at International and he did pick up another language. He just loved the European way of life, the culture – they know how to have a good time. It’s not just all work with them. And he’s not at work today; just taking the day off. She wonders if it’s just to decompress or he’s trying to stay away from Stephanie? He sighs but doesn’t answer.

Felicia tells her dad to relax as he is anxiously awaiting Stephanie to walk into the new digs. She’s been in the office a million times before, but he knows she would have liked to have been here to help with Forrester Originals. Suddenly the grande dame is there and is greeted by a hug from Felicia and Thorne. Ridge says hello and asks how is grandmother? Stephanie reports cranky as ever! Felicia assures her she was missed. Stephanie answers that is so sweet to hear. And she was going to apologize that her temper cost them the old company, but when she sees what they have accomplished here, she knows no one can beat them. And she addresses Eric and Ridge that this gives her the absolute confidence in what their coming success is going to be. She proudly gives Eric a big hug and kiss while Pam looks sheepishly on and dispenses coffee to all.

Nick shares with Jackie that he has Harrison’s and Chen’s sewed up. And she realizes he has paid a premium for both of those companies. And if he owned them all that would shut the Forrester’s out from selling their designs. But, she knows Lauren Fenmore won’t sell and Harvey Golden won’t even return their phone calls. He tells her one area at a time and right now she can get him Asia. He knows she goes way back with an old business acquaintance, Evette San Julianne. She says yes but she hasn’t seen her since last spring’s collection. He wants her to get re-acquainted. They’ll call, even send the jet if he must, set up a meeting here at the office. They have to move on this, and move on it NOW.

Taylor greets Thorne with a kiss at his home and he thanks her for coming. She asks about Ally who is at pre-school and how she is doing? Solemnly, he says that is what he wanted to talk to her about. Taylor guesses – she hasn’t gotten any closer to forgiving her for what happened to her mother? He relays that he talks to her every day about it, but it’s just slow going. She needs time…..maybe a lot of time! He tries to comfort Taylor that he knows he promised to try to work on this together, but…….Taylor states that Ally is his daughter; she needs to come first.

Stephanie announces that Nick can’t compete with them, but Bridget says he will try. Ridge brags let him, they have the best designers and the biggest buyers. Eric adds – and the best team. She tells the guys it is their talent that sets them apart, and now Rick is back as well. Ridge grumbles that Rick is back in town alright, but he is not so sure he is on board. Eric reminds them they all need to get back to work to finish this. Not before Pam drags out a platter of hoagie sandwiches for all. Stephanie asks Ridge what’s up with Rick? He replies he’s just being Rick. He revels he has always been hotheaded and stubborn. And now he resents his engagement to Brooke and for losing his job overseas. Stephanie seems more optimistic, he’ll work with them here. He’ll do the European market. Ridge voices his opinion that he seems to think they’ll both be better off when he gets back overseas. He means it, they’ll get this European thing off and running and Rick is outta there. And he for one can’t wait.

Brooke takes Rick by the shoulders and says she is so glad that he is home. And to please not let his shortcomings with Stephanie and Ridge spoil his homecoming. And he adds - to her big party tonight. She says she knows he’s trying to be protective, but she is fine. She’s happy and everything is great. That is what this party is all about. She and Ridge want to share their joy with everyone. And she has this picture in her head of she and Ridge dancing to their favorite song and everybody they love is surrounding them. Rick quips that he is sure the quartet knows ‘Unforgettable’. He was afraid she was going to ask him to sing. She does ask if he will please? He replies absolutely not….no, he’s going to show up tonight, he’s going to put a big smile on his face, but that is the ONLY performance she is going to get out of him.

Thorne tries to convince Taylor this is the last thing he wanted. She concedes Ally is his little girl and he has to do what is best for her. He agrees she has been through so much and is still so fragile. Taylor remarks she wanted to give her a family, she wanted to be part of that family, but it just doesn’t seem to be the right time. Perhaps if she had handled things differently and if she had the courage to be honest from the beginning. Thorne says he was her father, it should have been his responsibility to have talked to her. Reluctantly, she says they can’t change things and if he didn’t put his daughter first, he wouldn’t be the man she fell in love with. Misty-eyed, they hug and remark that it just wasn’t meant to be.

Phoebe tries on a dress for Ridge and apologizes for yawning, staying up until 2 a.m. last night. And it was just talking to Rick. And she heard what he said to grandma about Rick leaving. He’s not happy here because he misses his life in Paris; he had friends and a job he liked. Ridge says he does sympathize, but Rick is taking his frustrations out on him and Stephanie. He doesn’t like his relationship with Brooke and Ridge doesn’t like his attitude….and he doesn’t want her hanging around with him. She doesn’t need that kind of negativity in her life, none of them do. She proclaims he really is a nice guy. He’s just confused about Ridge and Brooke; she will straighten him out. He reminds her it is not her responsibility to defend his relationship to anybody. She started a very exciting job here and she should be focusing on having fun with it. She admits she enjoys talking to Rick and nothing bad is going to happen just because they are friends. It might even make things better.

Thorne tells Taylor that his sister, Kristen, called and wants them to come visit. And he can see some vendors and look at some textiles. She says the same, that Steffy has been wanting her to come to Europe to visit her. Thorne says but they don’t have to leave tonight, he can still take her to the party. She declines; that would be too painful on many levels. Being around his family that she doesn’t feel a part of anymore. He tries to convince her that she is, and always will be. She has done so much for him and will always have a special place in their lives, especially his. She sobs she feels the same. Whatever she has done for him is nothing compared to what he’s done for her. It changed her, he changed her. He helped get her life back together. And taught her that love is more powerful than hate. And that forgiveness overcomes anger. She thanks him and gives him a sweet kiss. He says he thinks they taught each other that. He’ll go pick up Ally, and Taylor can stay here a while. She says she will be okay. She pulls out a piece of drawing paper folded up in her wallet that Ally drew – stick figures of ‘Daddy, Taylor and Me’ and she dissolves in tears.

Stephanie looks over the showroom when suddenly the spotlight is on her. She calls out who is there, and Nick answers. He asks how is it in the spotlight? Does she feel a bit exposed? Is this how she made his mother feel at the fashion show? Blinking, she tells him to put the light out, this isn’t amusing. He offers that he is not there to amuse her. She counters with she doesn’t know why he is there; he most certainly is not welcome. He comes forward and tells her that he is her spotlight now. And he’ll be watching every move she makes and when she least expects it, he’ll be there to get her.

Ridge walks into the house and even the tempting offer of taking a long, hot bath with Brooke can’t cheer him up. He wants to concentrate on Phoebe and Rick having a long midnight talk. He asks if Brooke saw them outside? Or if she heard what they were talking about? Unseen, Rick passes by with a sandwich from the kitchen and overhears as Ridge says they are starting a new life together. And he wants Rick to be a part of it, but if he can’t, then he wants him just to stay away. Rick seethes as Ridge says that includes staying away from his daughter too.

Stephanie warns Nick that all he is going to get is egg on his face because he doesn’t know 'bookiss' about the fashion business. He scoffs, but he took hers from her. She says that was only an empty shell, they kept the talent. He can’t compete with them on the runway. He brags that the playing field’s a lot bigger than the runway. She begs to differ, it all happens right here on the stage and in that spotlight. Nick says, “and I’m your spotlight.”

He takes a cell phone call from Jackie who tells him that she has been in touch with Evette, and she’s agreed to a meeting next week. He’s pleased and tells Jackie to send the jet for her, book her a suite and make her as comfortable as possible. She thinks he should not seem that eager. He says he’s not, but he is determined to get what he wants. He asks Stephanie where is she going? He was just starting to enjoy their talk. She smiles, just make sure mommy is there to wipe the egg off his face. Underneath his breath, he quips that honey, she is the one that is going to have egg on her face.

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