The Bold & The Beautiful Update Friday 1/16/09
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In the Forrester parking lot, Ridge races out to catch Steffy. She is in the car with Rick. As Ridge calls her name, Brooke and Stephanie look over the railing to see what the commotion is. Rick slams to a halt after almost hitting Ridge as Steffy screams for him to stop. Ridge hurries to the door and grabs Steffy in his arms. He calls her Phoebe. She corrects him. Rick looks shocked at Ridges actions and wants to know whats going on.
In his fathers office, Thorne is very short with his dad. Eric asks if hes still upset. Thorne asks if it matters. Eric wants to know what hed like him to do. Fire Rick, like Stephanie wants? Thorne says its his company and he can do what he likes. Thorne sarcastically jokes about Rick trading him jobs. Eric tells Thorne hes vital to the company and always has been. Thorne says bitterly, not as vital as Rick.
At the boutique, Jackie and Nick look at the mysterious emails Nick received on his computer. They are all of Forrester designs from the new collection. Jackie goes on about how fabulous they are. She calls them windfalls. Nick thinks Katie did it, since she knows theyre in a desperate spot financially. Jackie disagrees about Katie stealing the sketches. As they talk, Katie knocks on the door and comes in. Nick greets her with a kiss. Katie comments on the changes theyve made. Jackie said they merged the design house and boutique. Jackie hurriedly leaves telling Katie it was nice to see her. Nick kisses Katie again and asks how things are going for her. Katie says its been crazy busy. She rushed right over, since he said he needed to see her. Katie teases about whether they should lock the door. Nick jokingly says he likes people to watch. Katie laughs and says shes game if he is. Nick tells her that can wait. He gets serious and tells Katie he needs to talk to her. Katie looks curious.
Steffy pulls away from her dads death grip and asks whats wrong. She explains they were just going to get a shipment. Ridge says he knows, but he doesnt want her riding with Rick. Stephanie and Brooke rush downstairs to make sure Ridge is okay. Brooke frantically calls his name. Stephanie can see Ridge is fired up. She tells him to calm down. Rick watches the whole thing with a stunned look on his face. Brooke asks Ridge to tell them what happened. Ridge says Felicia told him Rick and Steffy were going to Long Beach. Stephanie breaks in and says he didnt want her in the car with Rick. Ridge holds Steffy tight. She assures her dad shes alright. Ridge says he knows, but he didnt want to take a chance. Brooke says they can get someone else to go get the order. Stephanie asks Steffy to help get her dad upstairs. Ridge apologizes for getting so worked up. They all look at each other before Ridge, Stephanie, and Steffy walk away. Rick remains silent.
Eric tells Thorne hed like for them to all pull together. They need to function as a team. Thorne says he feels like the water boy. The team, as it exists now, isnt what got them the reputation they had in the business world. Eric says itll work itself out. Thorne says well see about that and walks out of the office. Eric shakes his head in annoyance.
Nick talks to Katie about his financial situation. Katie says she told him she would do anything to help. Nick repeats her words, emphasizing shed do anything to help. Katie looks a bit confused and asks if Nick has something in mind. Nick asks if she has something in mind. Katie says she really hadnt thought about it. Shes been really busy with the Forrester collection. Nick asks how the new line is going. Katie says its beautiful. They hope itll be a big hit, but she doesnt want to brag. Nick tells her shes allowed to brag. Shes a loyal employee with a good heart. He hopes they appreciate her. Katie says she thinks they do. Nick says she better get back to work. Katie is even more confused, since she thought he needed her help. Nick says just seeing her was enough. He hugs her with a wondering look on his face.
Rick returns to his office, with Brooke behind him. He tells his mother he cant believe what just happened. Brooke says he can understand how Ridge feels. Rick says he understands. Brooke tells him itll take time for Ridge to be comfortable with Steffy in anyones car. Rick says its just that Stephanie will have a field day with this.
In Ridges office, Steffy hugs her dad and tells him he doesnt have to worry about her. Stephanie looks on. Ridge says hes having a rough time. He cant help thinking about Phoebe and the wreck. Steffy assures him that wont happen to her. Stephanie tells her especially if she stays away from Rick, since hes nothing but trouble. Ridge says he cant lose her. He holds Steffys head in his hands and appeals to her to help him. He begs her to stay away from Rick. She hugs her dad again and looks torn. Stephanie watches the two.
Katie is back at Forrester, where she meets with Eric. He wants to talk to her about Jackies hard times. Eric says he has his doubts that Jackie can survive this economic crunch. Katie says Nick is a fighter. Eric agrees. Eric says Nick is her fiancé and a direct competitor of theirs. Katie asks what hes trying to say. Eric says he just wants to stress how important confidentiality is at this time. Katie says she understands. Eric says then nothing more needs to be said. He thanks Katie for coming. Katie looks a bit bewildered by the conversation as she exits the office.
Jackie heads back to see Nick, after Katie leaves. She wants to know how their talk went.
Nick says Katie didnt do it. Jackie says shes relieved, since this wont impact Katie. They have to take advantage of the gift theyve been given. It could save them from disaster. Nick says they cant make a move, until they find out who sent this information to them. It could be a trap and he doesnt want to go to jail.
Rick gazes out the window in his office. He remembers kissing Steffy and her saying this couldnt happen again. He hears Steffys voice screaming for him to stop as he almost hit Ridge with his car today. Hes jolted out of his daydream, when Stephanie walks in and calls his name. Stephanie wants to know what he didnt understand about staying away from Steffy. Rick tells her to stop, since hes tired of her warning him. Nothing has happened and hes still running the company. Stephanie says not for long. Rick asks if shes got something up her sleeve to bring it on. Stephanie says she doesnt have to bring it on. Hell do that himself. In a threatening tone, she tells him if he doesnt stay away from Steffy, losing this office will be the least of his problems. She walks out leaving Rick looking skeptical.
Brooke goes to Ridges office, where hes lost in reflection. She tells him it was a pretty scary day for him. Ridge rubs his forehead, but doesnt answer. She says Rick was just trying to be helpful. Ridge cuts her off and asks her not to make excuses for Rick. Brooke says she understand and so does Rick. He wont go anywhere near Steffy. Ridge angrily says he damn well better not. Brooke looks nervous.
Rick sips from a coffee cup in his office. Steffy walks in. Rick asks how Ridge is doing. Steffy tearfully tells him shes never seen her dad like this before. Rick cant believe how Ridges face looked, when he saw Steffy in the car. Steffy breaks down and says she cant even think about it. She says she cant do this to her dad. It would kill him, if he found out about them. They have to end it. Rick looks unhappy.
Ridge sits down and puts his head in his hands. Brooke comes over and sits next to him. She rubs his back and says Eric wants them to put their differences aside and work together. Ridge says Eric has to understand this is a different situation. He says Steffy and Rick cant be anywhere near each other. He tells Brooke if that happens he swears .his words trail off. Brooke looks at him and rests her head on his shoulder.
Rick drops to his knees in front of Steffy. He caresses her head and tells her to look at him. He says everything will be okay. Steffy stands up and says she cant do this to her father. Rick says he understands what Ridge is going through. Them not being together wont take away the pain. It wont bring Phoebe back. Rick says he cant stop seeing her or loving her. Right now its all they have he says. He softly kisses her lips. Steffy responds and hungrily kisses him back.
Jackie comes back in Nicks office and tells him to help solve the mystery. Whos the angel sending the emails of Erics designs? She flashes Owens picture, who is unfamiliar to Nick. She goes on with Felicia, Donna, and Thorne. They all have reasons to be unhappy. Nick calls Thorne the forgotten son.
Thorne is in his office, where hes too frustrated to work. He complains to himself that Rick gets all the glory, while he does his grunge work. Second to Ridge and now third to Rick, it never ends.
Jackie continues her photo parade. She has Rick and Steffys pictures. Nick says they cant stand each other. Jackie says anything is possible right now. Theres a power struggle going on at Forrester.
Rick comforts Steffy with a hug. He again tells her its okay. Over her shoulder, Rick looks at a copy of a Forrester sketch on his desk.
Jackie has Katies picture included in the bunch. Nick adamantly says no way Katie is involved. Jackie says Katie would have motivation, even if Nick thinks shes not involved. Nick looks confused and Jackie says he would be Katies motivation.
Katie is at Forrester working. She remembers what Eric said about confidentiality being paramount. She doesnt understand why Eric would say that to her. She looks puzzled.
Jackie pulls out Brooke and Ridges pictures. Nick says they just got married. Jackie says precisely. Maybe they want the company to themselves. After all these years, they may think they deserve it. Nick looks thoughtful. Jackie holds up Stephanies picture. She describes her as the matriarch and founder of the company. Now shes been rejected by Eric and her kids legacies are at stake. Nick says shes extremely loyal to her children. Jackie says she wouldnt put it past her, especially considering all the Logan influence at the company.
Stephanie is in Erics office ranting about Rick not following directives to stay away from Steffy. Eric says it was company business. Stephanie is aggravated and shakes her head at Erics attitude. She says Rick doesnt respect the rules or anybody. She says this is so typical. Eric has a younger wife and family and he doesnt seem to remember who helped make this company what it is today. She thinks if he coddles Rick, hell be sorry. Itll be disastrous for Forrester Creations. Eric looks serious, but makes no comment.
Jackie spreads all the photos out and tells Nick its one of these people. One of these people is their salvation and Forresters demise. Nick says maybe theyve seen the last of the emails. Jackie says she hopes not. Gloved hands type on a computer. Theres a message alert on Nicks laptop. Jackie rushes over to see the message. Nick is right behind her. They find another Forrester Original. (It looks like the dress Rick had on his desk.) Jackie says whoever is sending the pictures, is their bailout package. Its going to rescue them. Nick says itll destroy Forrester in the process. Jackie glances at the pictures and wonders who could be doing this.
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