The Bold & The Beautiful Update Wednesday 2/14/07
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Its mostly joy all around as Donna reads the reviews of Dominick Marone, newcomer to the fashion world and his mother. The overnight conversion to Jackie M has solidified their place in the high-end fashion place. They all clink their glasses to success. Nick has a forced on happy face and explains that this will come at a cost. They are all aware how leveraged the company is which makes them vulnerable. They have to stay focused. If the Forresters are smart, they will sell out. If not, they will come after them. He knows his mother is bothered that Eric is going to be hurt. Jackie laments that he has invested a fortune in this collection, and she doesnt mean just money, but his energy and his passion. Now to be locked out, he must be devastated. Nick reminds her that the Forresters got their due, and Eric goes down with them.
All sporting glum faces, Thorne explains that he has suspended operations, but the staff is beginning to ask questions. Stephanie states that she knew Nick was up to something, but she still doesnt know how he managed to corner the retail market. Ridge grouses that Nick isnt the only one to be under a mountain of debt. Eric answers with yeah, they are all dressed up with no place to go. Brooke says they will be fine, but Rick says their options are limited. Ridge speaks up and says except for one the obvious. They can sell in department stores and Eric is against that. Ridge argues that what good is their reputation if they are out on the street here? Brooke says their gowns are too expensive for most stores to carry. Ridge advises to slash the profits, its better than nothing. Eric is adamant, no its not. Hes worked too hard, sacrificed too much. They all have and hed rather burn the gowns than to give up the reputation that it took him a lifetime to build.
Taylor looks over the big bouquet of roses and calls Nick. She thanks him for the roses and he says he just wanted to remind her what day it was. She is thankful for the reminder and tells him there are three different colors of flowers, does he have any idea what they mean? He asks her to test him. Pink admiration, appreciation. Yellow friendship. Red he doesnt remember sending red, but .she says they are beautiful. Hes glad she likes them. And dinner reservations are hard to come by on Valentines night but he might be able to work something out if shes interested. She asks if he is asking her to be his Valentine? He guesses he is. She remarks she had pretty much given up on Valentines Day, but that sounds great.
Phoebe walks in and is astonished and especially when she hears the roses are from Nick? Is Taylor going to send them back? Taylor asks why, that would be rude? Phoebe replies compared to what he did to dad and grandpa, nothing would compare. She tells Phoebe that she feels for the both of them, but basically the whole family humiliated Jackie and they knew Nick would not let that go unanswered. Phoebe still doesnt think he should be sending her flowers ..and on Valentines Day. And roses, red means love. Taylor points out there is yellow in there too, for friendship. She asks Phoebe to sit down and points out that life is funny. She thought she would be spending the rest of her life with Thorne. But, life threw her a curveball. This is what Thorne needed and she wants to get on with her life.
Clarke, Donna, Storm and Jackie continue to stand around jawing about the Forresters and how they can sell to the department stores, but they know Eric would never agree to that. Nick agrees that is their best option. Dumping more money into Forrester Originals would be a big mistake. Donna brags that he did what he set out to do and Forresters never saw it coming.
Ridge tells his dad that its time to be realistic. Department stores from all over the world are calling them. Eric holds firm, no. NO. His clothes will not be sold in malls! Stephanie points out that he is right, Fenmore would probably drop them too and theyd never see the inside of another specialty store. Ridge says then maybe its time to sell the name. Felicia cant believe he is serious. Again, Eric is outraged. Absolutely not, theyd stamp their logo on a bunch of poorly made items, sheets and dishcloths. Ridge points out that the Forrester name is worth a fortune. A few months from now when Clarke is through passing off his designs as Forrester Creations, the name wont be worth a damn thing. He doesnt like this any more than Eric does, but they dont have a choice. Eric offers that yes they do, and now is the time. They can sell their line in their own specialty stores all around the world. They can circle the globe.
Phoebe joins the fray and Eric asks her to close the door. Ridge is appalled, that his dad wants to open his own specialty stores. He has got to be kidding. Eric extols this is something they should have done a long time ago. They are way too dependent on their distributors. They didnt want to tie up their capital, but he thinks its time they change their business model. Ridge doesnt think they have that kind of cash. Eric argues they will mortgage everything they own, for our image, our reputation, our dignity. Ridge sighs. He knows now that Eric has been up all night, hes not thinking clearly at all. Eric is excited and tells him to listen, they can do this! He will NOT have this family and this business taken down to the bottom rung of the ladder. He just wont do it. Ridge argues back, this gamble would impact the family for generations to come and throw them into bankruptcy. Or Rick says, it could be a home run. Ridge points out that he is the ultimate risk taker around here and this is NOT worth it. Rick sneers and who made him the expert? Ridge also fires back that Rick may be number one over at International, but not here. Rick smarts that he forgot. Theres barely enough room for Ridges oversized ego around here already. While Brooke tries to come between them, Rick continues that anytime anybody steps out of line around here and takes a risk, suddenly Ridge is Barney Fife. Eric keeps telling him they can do this, they will be stronger. Ridge tries to convince him they need to sell everything and bank the money. And then build their strategy for a comeback. Eric shouts there wont be a comeback! If they sell their souls, it will be over forever.
Taylor lets Nick in. His only word is WOW. He tells her she sure looks good on Valentines Day. She leans against the door seductively and coos that it only comes around once a year. He gently touches her black lacy dress and asks if she is afraid of him? Again, she coos should she be? She leans forward and their lips almost touch for a kiss when Taylor is snapped back from her fantasy.
At his office, Brooke comes barreling in. He tells his assistant its okay. She gets right to the crux. Is he enjoying this? Does he think justice is served? She just sees a family torn apart, suffering. Nick replies when they finally find humility, then the suffering will be over. He offers that he will accept their surrender anytime, but it has got to be unconditional. She lashes out that he acts like that Ridge and Stephanie should stand trial for high crimes. He barks back that why shouldnt they? He throws the papers down on his desk and confronts her, reminding her that she will never see this family for what they are, for what they have done to her all these years. How they use her and discard her when they are done. She turns it around and shouts at him. What about him and what hes done to them? When is he going to be held responsible for that? Softened, she begs that if he ever loved her, he will put an end to this war before it gets worse.
The family is divided. Thorne thinks it unimaginable selling the name or opening a chain of boutiques. Felicia agrees with Ridge, if they ever plan to sell, now is the time. But she wants her son to grow up and be part of the business, and not sell. Rick says hes in, hes with his dad. Stephanie retorts that Eric has taken risks many, many times, but this time she is not sure. Ridge even hints its time for a break. Eric declares stress wouldnt kill him, but retirement would. Ridge asks why he wont stand with the company? And Eric bellows for what as a spokesperson for a brand name that is no longer his own? Some fat cat executive telling him what to say and putting words into his mouth. Ridge points out they dont throw good money after bad. Theyve either got to leverage their future or they sell. And if there was ever a time to sell, its now. He cant stop him from opening the boutiques, but it will be without him.
Nick tells Brooke that this is no war, its business ..a business that could have been hers but she walked away from it and him. She remarks that if its retribution he wants, hes got it. Because it has affected everybody, including herself. He says that was never his intention. No, she answers, but that is what happened. Everybody is at each others throats, especially Ridge and Rick. He says that has nothing to do with the company. Her son knows Ridge hurt her before and he thinks he will do it again. She tells him she loves her son, but she doesnt need protection from Ridge, she doesnt! Squarely, he asks her what does she want? Why is she here? She exclaims that she wants him to carry Forrester Originals in Jackie Ms, he has that power. Astonished, he asks if she knows what she is asking him to do? She answers yes she does, but the Forresters have suffered enough. She pleads for what they had, for what they share and always will. He scoffs, something about this doesnt seem quiet fair. Getting very close and in his face, she begs again that while it might not seem fair, she is asking him again.
Taylor bursts in and asks if she is interrupting? Brooke lets her know they were in the middle of something. Taylor tells Nick that she will wait, she just wanted to tell him that he could save the trouble of picking her up. Brooke picks up on this and asks if they have plans? And on Valentines Day? Very astute, Taylor comes forward and asks Brooke what is that on her finger? An engagement ring, and from her ex-husband. Well Brooke has a Valentine, Taylor has a Valentine, so its Valentines Day for everybody. She tells Nick that she cant wait and thanks for asking her, and she plants a kiss on his lips. The green-eyed monster tells her to stop it! Taylor quips to stop what? Seems like she is the one who shouldnt be here all alone with her ex, doing whatever it was she was doing. Does she really think Nick is going to fall for her games? Lets get real here, she is going to try to say this nicely. Ridge is sort of gullible when it comes to her. Nick is much smarter than that. So stop acting like this is high school and instead of passing judgment on what they are doing, why doesnt she live her own life with Ridge? Hes her destiny, remember? And the best part of it is, you get custody of Stephanie! So seriously what is it that Brooke wants? Is she ready to marry Ridge? Is she over Nick? Taylor thinks she needs to clear that up with herself. Give the man some closure. Tell the man that she has no intention of ever being with him again, that its over for good!
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