The Bold & The Beautiful Update Friday 1/9/09
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Written By Stephanie
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Stephanie is in Ricks office at Forrester, taunting him. Rick tells her everyone loved Phoebe and is trying to get over what happened. She is using it to her advantage to gain leverage. Rick tells her hes not going to listen to her anymore. She can pack her desk and get the hell out of there.
In Erics office at Forrester, Donna hugs her husband around the neck and kisses him. Eric tries to sketch. Donna tells him he was masterful, in giving his CEO role to Ridge. It gave him some power over Rick, but satisfied both men. Eric says he just wants to help everyone to heal. Donna wonders if Ridge will be overprotective of Steffy now. Eric assures her Ridge likes Marcus. Eric says Ridge is a different man. Marcus is just what Ridge would want for his daughter.
Up at Big Bear, Marcus kneels in front of Steffy. He has proposed to her and awaits her answer. Steffy is honored, but says they are still learning about each other. Marcus tells her she may think hes being old fashioned about it. The sex thing will work, when they get to it. Steffy says its not that. Marcus is persistent and says he is the definition of marriage material. He asks Steffy to let him prove it by marrying him. Steffy looks torn.
Ridge and Brooke steam it up in the sauna, deeming it as product testing. Brooke is wearing one of Pams bikinis. She teases Ridge about shrinkage. He unties her top and says hell need to do a little investigation. Brooke tells him seductively she thinks he should.
Stephanie asks Rick if he thinks he can just fire her with a wave of his hand. Rick tells her no one wants her there. His father had already fired her. She has no workable knowledge and isnt needed. Stephanie is a bit irate and tells Rick she was keeping the business afloat before he was born. She bankrolled Eric and got him on his feet. She tells Rick to watch his tone with her. She angrily tells him shes not his mother. She knows how to put a misbehaving child in his place; and trust her she will do it.
In the sauna, Ridge holds Brookes bikini in his hands. She asks what the verdict about the suit is. Ridge tells her she makes him feel like a fourteen year old boy, looking at her naked. She teases him about what hed seen as a fourteen year old boy. They cozy up and kiss. Ridge tells her hes her husband and CEO, so she has to do what he tells her. She smiles as his towel drops and he picks her up.
Marcus is a bit hurt by Steffys response to his proposal. He tells her to forget it. He just gets excited and rushes into things sometimes. Steffy tells him she cant forget the first man that loved her, offered her the world. He fingers the ring box. Steffy tells him what he said was beautiful. Marcus says he can wait as long as she needs. Steffy tells him things have changed. Marcus agrees, saying of course with her sisters death. Steffy says it should have brought them closer. Marcus thinks it did, but says obviously some issues came up he wasnt aware of. Steffy stumbles over her words as she says there were some things. Marcus says the timing wasnt right. He says they have this great day and dinner, so why not enjoy it. Steffy tells Marcus she doesnt want him to wait. It wouldnt be fair to him, since she doesnt think it will ever work. Marcus looks stricken.
Erics office floor is littered with balled up sketches. Donna comments about them. Eric says theyre like pancakes, sometimes you have to throw out the first few. He looks at the magazine lying on the desk, which contains the article about Rick. Donna sees what has him preoccupied and reminds him they werent going to let this get to them. Eric is mad. He says with all the stuff going on including his heart attack, Stephanie shouldnt air things to the press. She made their president, who happens to be his son Rick, look like a killer. Donna asks why Stephanie is still around. She has no job title and just gets in everyones face. Eric says shes always been there and its assurance to the buyers, workers, and customers. Donna says in other words shes mom. Eric says shes the matriarch. Donna says hes been so good to Marcus. Why cant Stephanie do the same for Rick? He could sue for the article. Eric says his hands are tired. Donna insists if Stephanie had no job, she couldnt stir the pot. Eric tells her they started the company with money from her miserable father. Stephanie has been there since day one. If Stephanie hadnt been such a great business woman, they wouldnt be standing there. Ethically he just cant kick her out.
Rick is cocky and tells Stephanie she better think long and hard about stepping up to him. Stephanie fires back at him that his reputation around there is scandalous. He dated Phoebe and slept with her mom. Hes also responsible for Phoebes death. Rick is angry and tells her to get out. Stephanie laughs and tells him just because his name is on the door means nothing. Daddy put him there and hes no power player. Rick says he made an executive decision, which was his to make. He cant work with her. She says then hes fired. Rick tells her she has no authority to fire him. She tells him she had more authority in the second grade than hell ever have. She tells him to start packing and walks out. Rick stands there fuming.
Marcus tells Steffy its an emotional time for her. He shouldnt have rushed things. Shes just overreacting. Steffy says shes not. Marcus says they dont have to talk about marriage, but why is she trying to call off everything. Steffy says she just thinks theyre in different places in their relationship. Marcus doesnt understand and wants to know if shes been keeping this from him. Steffy spills the fact that she doesnt feel the same way. She says shed be lying if she didnt tell him. Marcus looks hurt.
In the sauna, Brooke and Ridge relax after having made love. He has his head in Brookes lap as she plays with his hair. Ridge says he just realized the door doesnt lock. Anyone could have walked in. They continue to nuzzle and kiss each other. Brooke says everyone is too busy to be worried about them or steam. Ridge says unless its coming out of their ears, after reading Jareds article in Eye on Fashion. Brooke looks serious and says she better get back or there could be blood shed. She and Ridge kiss.
In his office, Eric assures Donna hell talk to Stephanie. Donna tells him she just asked a question. She wasnt trying to tell him what to do. Eric wants to know if she thinks hes letting Stephanie walk all over him again. She rubs his face and tells him hes so loving and forgiving. Stephanie knows she has a safety net in him. Rick comes angrily bursting in the office. Donna and Eric look surprised. Rick demands to know if his job is in title only, or will he back his decisions. Eric wants to know what hes referring to. Stephanie walks in unannounced through the other door, accusing Rick of running to daddy. Eric is angry and tells Stephanie he cant believe she accused his son and the president of the company of being a killer to the press. Stephanie nonchalantly says she merely said there should be consequences to be faced. Rick is standing there scot free, so it hasnt hurt him. Rick says they have to respond to this now. Stephanie says she gave Rick his walking papers. Eric is stunned and says she did what? Rick says that was her answer to him firing her. The two continue to bicker as Eric stands between them. Stephanie says they cant afford to give her a severance check. Rick threatens that if she doesnt go, hell walk. Eric turns around to look at his son and Stephanie raises her eyebrows at the threat.
Steffy says shes sorry. Marcus says not as sorry as him. Steffy says she doesnt want him to think she hadnt fantasized about a future with him. Marcus doesnt understand what changed. Steffy shakes her head, but doesnt answer. Marcus says he blames Rick for this. Steffy looks shocked at the mention of Ricks name. Marcus rants about how Rick gave him the phony promotion to Forrester International. This took him out of the country. Rick just sat home manipulating everyone like chess. Marcus says he was really dumb, but he knows Steffy isnt that gullible. Marcus says everything was good, until he left for Paris. Steffy is tearful. She tells him her girlfriends never had a boyfriend as wonderful as him. Marcus is sarcastic as he thanks her. He sincerely tells her she could be making a mistake, since no one will love her like he does. Steffy looks sad. Marcus grabs their coats and says its a long way back, so they better get started. Steffy tells him to go ahead. Her dad has a car there. She thinks it would be easier on them. Marcus nods and heads for the door. Steffy tells him shell understand if hes done with her. Shed like to be his friend. Marcus says hed like to have her in his life, so if thats how it has to be. He thanks her for being honest with him. He pauses before opening the door. He turns and in a questioning manner asks if she is being honest with him. Steffy looks anxious, but doesnt answer.
In Erics office, Stephanie and Rick continue to argue. Brooke walks in. Eric yells at Stephanie he cant believe she would serve Rick up to the press. Stephanie says with the Logan sisters he cant think about his other family. Rick says thats the whole problem. Hell never belong to the official family. Eric tells Stephanie, Rick is a Forrester. Hes important to the family and the business. She stands with her arms crossed. She says Rick was mildly useful in Europe. Here, hes marginal at best. Rick is steamed. She wants to know why Ridge is forced to share his job. Brooke speaks up and says Ridge is trying to do whats right. Stephanie cuts her off and says she has Ridge so bamboozled, he thinks he has no choice. Donna tells Stephanie if she came there for a decision, why doesnt she pipe down and let Eric give one. Stephanie sarcastically tells Donna thanks for her words of wisdom. She tells Eric ultimatum style either Rick goes or her. Shes serious. She says his granddaughters death cries out for justice. Brooke tells her no crime was committed. Stephanie is angry and says nothing that would stand up in Court. However, everyone knows if Phoebe hadnt gotten in the car with Rick, she would still be alive. She yells at Eric she knows Rick is his son, but he cant reward him for Phoebes death. Rick says hes not asking for a reward or punishment. He knows he did something wrong, but he wants to work hard and contribute to the company. Eric has been silent, but speaks up and says hes wanted to bring the company and family together. He sadly sees this isnt going to happen. He turns to Stephanie and says he gives her credit for being the cofounder and creator of this company. He wont let anyone forget that, but shes created a new crusade for herself with Ricks involvement in Phoebe death. He throws the magazine and Stephanie winces. He yells she went to the press with her issues. She took a family tragedy to the media. He demands to know whats wrong with her. He turns his anger to Rick. He cant believe his conflict with Stephanie takes precedence over the company. He yells the two of them want him to make a choice. Brooke tries to step in and says she wants to talk to him alone. Eric says hes already made a decision. Brooke wants to know whos leaving Forrester, their son or Stephanie. Everyone looks at Eric.
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