The Bold & The Beautiful Update Friday 11/7/08
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Written By Stephanie
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Eric is at Brookes talking with Rick, who just revealed to him that Ridge pulled the plug on his ventilator.
Taylor stops by Erics house to see Stephanie and let her know how well the evening went with Ridge. Stephanie tells her indirectly Rick may be responsible for her getting back together with Ridge. Taylor blames herself for whats taken place. She feels if she had fought harder for Ridge, when she came back, events would have not taken place. Stephanie tells her she cant take responsibility for everything. She knows Taylor loves Rick in her own way, but had the unresolved feelings for Ridge. Rick has all this anger for Ridge for his own reasons. Stephanie thinks the relationship between Brooke and Ridge would have imploded anyway, with Ricks feelings towards Ridge. Taylor is afraid to get hurt if things dont work out.
Brooke and Ridge lie in bed together at her house after making love. Brookes mind is on Rick. Ridge tells her Rick will be fine, since he already had some feelings in his legs before he left the hospital. Brooke doesnt think hes made much progress, since he got home. Ridge says because hes not focused. All Rick wants to do is slander him to whoever will listen. Ridge says hes getting really tired of Rick blaming him for his situation.
Eric cant believe Ridge would pull the plug on him. Eric tries to justify it. Rick tells him Ridge was well aware of what he was doing. He told everyone about it and made a conscious choice. Rick says it was greed, since Ridge wants to run the company. Rick tries to get Eric to focus on happier times, like when he was with Brooke. Eric says those times were great. Rick tells Eric not to cave in to Ridge, but maintain the company himself.
Stephanie tells Taylor she can get her life back with Ridge. Taylors not sure. Stephanie continues to assure her it can happen. Taylor hugs Stephanie and tells her how grateful she is to have her back in her life. Stephanie hugs her back and agrees.
Brooke rubs Ridges arm with her fingertips and tells him he has to give Rick the benefit of the doubt. Ridge says he has tried. Brooke says he sees Ridge as taking everyone away from him including her and Taylor. Ridge says Rick needs to see a therapist. He tells Brooke to look at all the women Rick has seen recently that were older than him. Brooke explains how Rick feels she wasnt there for him. Ridge thinks thats a crock and says Rick needs to be a man. Brooke should treat him as such. Brooke says she just wants peace. Ridge says things will be back to normal soon. He hopes once Rick is back to work they can have a talk. Ridge expects Eric will be turning the business over to him in a few days. Brooke coyly asks Ridge since hell be Ricks boss if hed fire him if he doesnt want to listen. Ridge says not if she doesnt want him to. He says hes not going to put up with much more from Rick and neither should she. Brooke doesnt answer. Ridge grabs her head and kisses her face. She snuggles up close to him with a smile.
Eric tells Rick how Ridge expects to run the company one day. Rick asks his father why he caters to Ridge. What has Ridge done for him as a son? Eric is surprised by Ricks questions. Rick goes on to say Ridge doesnt approve of Erics relationships or how he runs the company. Eric says Ridge loves him. Rick throws it in his face that Ridge is Massimos son and may be trying to show him up. Rick hates how Ridge treats Eric like he needs to be put out to pasture. Eric doesnt answer. Rick tells his father hes loyal and loving, but he doesnt get half the validation Ridge does. He bitterly tells his dad if he got half the treatment Ridge does, hed love to see where he could be. Eric looks at him stunned by the attitude.
Stephanie and Taylor continue to discuss how good it is to be friends again. Taylor says she really missed their relationship. Taylor apologizes and said she just needed to lash out at someone. It was just more of the self destructive behavior she let herself get into. Stephanie says it wont happen again because she needs her too. Taylor says they have their battles against the Logan sisters. Stephanie says the slut sisters. They both laugh and say they are the bane of their existence. Stephanie says theyre going to win.
Brooke lays back and lets Ridge continue to caress her face. She has her eyes closed. Ridge tells her to look at him. She slowly opens her eyes and looks at him. Ridge tells her this will be over one day and theyll laugh about it, including Rick. Brooke says he sounds so confident about it. He tells her because hell finally have everything hes always wanted. Hell have her, the kids, the company, and nothing will stop him. He rubs Brookes face and then kisses and hugs her. He repeats that nothing is going to stop him.
Eric tells Rick he needs to understand there is no competition for his love and attention amongst his children. Rick says he doesnt believe that. Eric sits on the bed next to him and asks why Rick would think this. Rick angrily tells him hes always tried to be the good son. He went to Paris and did a good job. When he came back, he didnt expect to run the company. Ridge acts like hes entitled even though Rick is the number one son of Eric and Brooke. Rick says he feels like the bastard son, since Stephanie isnt his mother. He says thats how Ridge makes it seem, since he ruined Eric and Brookes relationship. He bitterly tells Eric thats how his favorite son treats the people he loves. Hes not going to let him use and dump his mother again.
Brooke slowly puts her robe on and Ridge asks if shes still worried about Rick. Brooke apologizes, but Ridge says shes still his mother. Its okay. Ridge says hell have a little peace talk with Rick. Brooke wonders if thats a good idea. Ridge says trust him. She puts her arms around his neck and says hell do anything for her wont he? Ridge says anything thatll make her happy or her dreams come true. Thats what he lives for. She smiles. He hungrily kisses her. She holds his face and kisses him back.
Eric tells Rick he doesnt have a favorite son. He loves all his children. Rick says he knows Ridge is his favorite, so he can admit it. Rick says everyone knows its true. Eric is speechless. Rick says hes been keeping this inside for a long time, because he didnt want to admit it to himself. Talking today, he felt like he had to say something. Eric grabs Rick by the face and tells him to listen to him. He passionately says he loves him and has since the day he was born. He hears what hes saying and he understands. He says hell be there for him and from this day forward he doesnt want him to ever feel second best to Ridge. Ridge walks up and catches the tail end of the conversation. He walks in and says, Well, well, well. Ridge tells Rick hes playing their father like he played Brooke. Rick looks petulant. Ridge tells him he tried to come there and make peace. Ridge says all this has got to stop now. Eric jumps up in surprise at Ridges entrance. The two sons eye each other as competitors.
Stephanie and Taylor sip tea. Stephanie tells Taylor she knows shes going to win. Taylor says she feels like its more in Ridges hands. Stephanie tells her she has to feel like shes going to win. She has to take advantage of the situation. Taylor says it sounds like thats being manipulative. Stephanie says it is what it is. She has to fight and not walk away from the man she loves. Taylor looks thoughtful at the suggestion.
Eric tells Ridge hes interrupting his conversation with Rick. Ridge says talk or guilt trip. Ridge asks Eric if he cant see whats going on. Ridge says Rick is trying to play on his fathers sympathy. It was Ricks own fault for attacking him, that he was injured. Rick laughs and says he cant believe Ridge is trying to make this his fault. He says Ridge kissed his fiancée, lead her on, destroyed his wedding plans to her, threw him off the building and its not his fault? He tells Eric thats exactly what hes been trying to tell him. Its never Ridges fault. Ridge says its ridiculous. He tells his father they should leave and have a real talk about the future of Forrester. Eric says Rick is a part of the company. Ridge says what he wants to talk to his father about doesnt involve Rick. Eric says Rick is his son just as much as Ridge. Ridge says Rick is a kid. Eric stands by Ricks bed and says he doesnt look at it that way.
Rick sits with his arms folded across his chest with almost a pout on his face. Brooke walks up and hears the conversation. She walks in and wants to know whats going on. Eric tells her hes glad shes there. He says take a good look at their son, the new president of Forrester Creations. Rick looks surprised. Brooke and Ridge look at each other with questions on their faces. Ridge says no way. Hes president and Eric is CEO. Eric says right. Both Rick and Ridge will share duties as the president. Its his final decision. Ridge says no way, hell resign first. Eric says thats his choice. Eric turns to Rick and congratulates him with a handshake. Rick says thanks. Hell make him proud. Ridge says this is all ridiculous, with a slight smile. He tells Eric he cant mean this. Eric assures him he does. Brooke still looks shocked. Eric again says his decision is final. Rick asks his mother if shes going to congratulate him. She moves to the bed rather unsurely and kisses him. She says congratulations. Ridge watches without comment. She leaves the room. Ridge tells Eric hell wait to talk to him about this and he leaves. Eric turns to Rick, who sits in disbelief at what just took place. He thanks his father. They shake hands and Eric says hell see him at the office.
After Eric leaves, Rick draws a deep breath. He thinks about what his father has done in making him president of Forrester Creations. He repeats it several times to himself. He stands and repeats it incredulously. Brooke walks in and is stunned to see him standing. Rick gets flustered and tells her he can explain. Brooke looks at him with confusion all over her face.
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