The Bold & The Beautiful Update Friday 12/12/08
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Brooke slowly comes down the stairs at the mansion. Shes teary eyed thinking about her conversation with Stephanie the day before. Stephanie blamed her for the way Rick acted, saying she made him into the man he is today. Stephanie said Brooke was responsible for Phoebes death. Ridge walks in and Brooke moves into his arms for a hug. They hold each other tightly. Ridge wants to know if she told Hope and RJ about Phoebe. She tells him no. Hope was up and already dressed in her bridesmaids dress. She made up a story saying it was too windy. She couldnt tell her about Phoebes death. Ridge says how do you tell a child about a senseless death. He asks if Rick is upstairs as he starts up the stairs. He says its time he finds out what really happened.
Rick knocks and walks in Taylors house calling her name. He finds her sitting quietly in a chair in the living room. Rick tells her how sorry he is. Taylor looks at him tearfully, but doesnt respond.
Lt. Baker is at the Forrester mansion speaking with Stephanie. He says theres no evidence to show the driver was impaired. He cant do much at this point. Stephanie wants to know about Rick driving twice the speed limit. Lt. Baker says Stephanie is looking for something, but sometimes accidents just happen. He encourages her to just take care of her family and grieve naturally. He asks her to trust him to do his job. Stephanie tells him, she trust him to do his job. As he heads for the door, he tells Stephanie hell keep her apprised and hes sorry for her loss. Steffy walks in and hugs her grandmother. She emotionally tells her grandmother it was her fault Phoebe died. Stephanie tells her no.
Back at Brookes, she tells Ridge her son left before she got up. Ridge wants to know if Rick told her anything. Brooke starts by telling him the kids were on the way to the rehearsal dinner. Ridge doesnt understand. Phoebe had nothing to do with Rick, since his relationship with Taylor. Brooke tells him Phoebe jumped in the car with Rick at the last minute. She wanted to talk to him. They hadnt seen each other, since Taylor and Rick broke up. She needed to vent her anger. Ridge quizzes her more about whether they argued. Brooke says Phoebe went a little beserk and laid into Rick. Ridge wants to know what shes trying to say to him.
Rick gets down in front of Taylor and again says hes sorry. Taylor tells him shes just glad hes okay, since she could have lost him too. She takes his hands and tearfully tells him Phoebe would have done so many great things. She wants to know how Phoebe died. Rick takes a deep breath.
Stephanie tells Steffy not to blame herself. Steffy says if it wasnt for her, Phoebe would have never gone to see Rick. Stephanie says Phoebe was upset about Taylor and Rick, but hadnt had a chance to talk about it. Steffy tells her, thats not it. She thinks Phoebe would have avoided Rick, but she told her about Rick kissing her. Stephanie is shocked and confused about why Rick would pull a stunt like that. Steffy tells her Rick wanted to get at Ridge. She saw right through him and slapped him. Stephanie understands now why Phoebe went after him. She gets angry and calls Rick a bastard. Steffy cries and says if she had kept it to herself, Phoebe would still be alive.
Brooke tells Ridge how Phoebe felt humiliated. The two were arguing and things got heated. Ridge interjects thats why Rick wasnt paying attention and was driving recklessly. Brooke describes how Rick said Phoebe was scratching him and grabbing the wheel. Ridge cuts her off. He cant believe what shes saying. Brooke goes on to say Phoebes foot slipped on the accelerator. Rick tried all he could to keep the car on the road. He tried to brake, but they skidded off the road into the ditch. Ridge angrily asks if shes saying it was Phoebes fault. Brooke grabs her head in frustration. She tells Ridge she knows this isnt easy to hear. Ridge asks with amazement, if she thinks this was Phoebes fault. He angrily says her son crashes the car and kills his daughter, but shes to blame?
Stephanie tells her granddaughter how she can understand her feeling this way. She tells Steffy she didnt do anything wrong. Steffy says she should have just kept her mouth shut. Stephanie says Phoebe was upset and would have confronted Rick at some point. Steffy wonders if Rick even knew what he did with the stupid kiss. She cries as Stephanie tries to comfort her. She tells her Rick is to blame and she shouldnt feel guilty for telling the truth.
Rick tells Taylor how Phoebe died in Ridges arms. She was singing the song she wrote for him. He wipes a tear from him eye as he tells the story. Taylor wants to know what happened in the car. She wants to know if Phoebe said anything about her, since she was very upset with her yesterday. Rick sighs, but doesnt answer right away. Taylor says Phoebe was holding in a lot of anger about the two of them. Rick tries to avoid the question, but Taylor persists.
Ridge cant believe Brooke accepts Ricks story about Phoebe being responsible for the wreck. Brooke tells him it was an accident. No one was at fault. He cant believe the logistics of what Rick said happened. Brooke again grabs her head in aggravation. She cant get through to Ridge. She says she doesnt know. Ridge says if this is all according to Rick, he cant take Ricks word for anything these days. Brooke tells him theyre all grieving and may never know the truth. Brooke says shes not saying Phoebe caused it. There was a fight and it ended in a tragedy. She doesnt want to argue with him. She loves him. She puts her hands on his shoulders and tells him she loves him. They can work through this. Ridge says he loves her and yes, they can work through this. He says thats why hes worried, that shes letting Rick manipulate her. Brooke is tearful and exasperated at Ridges attitude. She tells him they should just focus on their family right now. They can tell Hope and RJ together. Stephanie walks in and overhears the conversation. She says shes tired of this being called an accident. She tells Ridge not to let Brooke get away with this. They both turn and look at Stephanie in surprise.
Rick tells Taylor that Phoebe didnt die hating her. Taylor says she made things worse. She shouldnt have gotten involved with him. Rick tells her she cant believe that. Taylor insists Phoebe didnt want to be around her and thats why she left. Rick takes most of the responsibility and says he didnt let Taylor get rid of him. They loved each other too much. It just wasnt enough. He couldnt see what it was doing to her or Phoebe. He convinced Taylor to stay with him. Taylor says she made the choice and that doesnt make it okay. Taylor gets very emotional and says she hurt her daughter. She doesnt know how she can live with it. She drops her head in her hands in a defeated manner. Rick watches helplessly.
Brooke turns on Stephanie and angrily tells her shes tired of her barging in with her insane accusations. Ridge is surprised that Stephanie has been there already. Brooke lets him know that Stephanie was there yesterday, trying to drag her or Rick off to jail. Ridge looks surprised and wants an explanation from Stephanie. Stephanie taunts Brooke with how she wished she could have put her in jail years ago for the way she raised her children. She says its too late for that. However, its not too late for Rick to be brought to justice for taking Phoebes life. Ridge turns to Brooke in confusion. Stephanie wants to know if Brooke told him why Phoebe was in Ricks car. Ridge relays what Brooke told him. Stephanie tells him thats not the full story and lets him know about Rick kissing Steffy. Ridge is outraged. He turns to Brooke for confirmation. She drops her head with tears in her eyes. Stephanie tells him this is why Steffy feels so guilty. She told Phoebe what happened. Brooke cuts in and says Rick made a stupid mistake, which was all to get at Ridge. Ridge is angry and cant believe Brooke knew about all of this, but didnt say anything. Brooke tells him she just found out. Stephanie interrupts and says she cant believe Brooke is calling this basically a stupid prank. She goes on to tell Ridge how Rick was able to walk, when he got out of the hospital. That was a silly prank, she demands of Brooke. Brooke doesnt say anything. Stephanie goes on and mentions the internet tampering. Ridge doesnt understand. Stephanie fills him in on how Rick edited the podcast, to make it seem like Brooke was talking about him. All these things were done to break up the two of them. Stephanie angrily says these are not silly pranks and no one was supposed to get hurt. Ridge turns to look at Brooke in stunned silence.
Brooke is in tears and tells Ridge she was going to tell him everything. Stephanie gets in Brookes face and tells her no one was supposed to get hurt, but Ridges daughter is dead. Brooke yells at her to stop it as she moves to Ridge. She grabs his jacket and tells him Rick didnt mean to hurt Phoebe. He loved her. It was just a horrible accident. Stephanie shakes her head in disagreement and tells Ridge he has to call the police. He needs to have this prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Stephanie says if theres evidence to support this, then Rick has to be put away in jail. Ridge turns to Brooke and holds her shoulders with a questioning look. Brooke's face registers shock that Stephanie would even suggest such a thing.
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