The Bold & The Beautiful Update Friday 1/23/09
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Written By Stephanie
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Nick is in his office at Jackie Ms, where he comes face to face with Stormy Seas. He lights a cigar and extends his hand to shake hands with the person that has virtually saved his company.
Over at Forrester, Brooke tells Ridge and Steffy about the entire collection being stolen. She relays the fact Eric went over to Jackies, after Katie called to tell him what was going on. They are all stunned. Steffy is almost hysterical wanting to know what they can do. Eric comes bursting in and is fired up. He wants to know where everyone is, so they can clean this mess up. Pam says shell get everyone together. Ridge asks if Marone has been at Forrester lately. Maybe they can look at security tapes. Brooke chimes in and says Nick wouldnt deliberately steal from them. Steffy asks about Jackie. They consider her and Clark, since Sally wasnt beyond stealing in the past. Donna and Marcus rush in and want to know if what they heard was true. Marcus looks at Steffy, who avoids eye contact and drops her head. Marcus wants to know who had access to the designs. Eric says only family had access and he knows none of them would do such a thing. Felicia saunters in and says is he sure and looks at Donna and Marcus. Donna wants to know what she means. Before she can answer, Eric demands to know where Thorne is. Thorne comes in on cue. They continue trying to figure out who could have gotten in their files. Ridge remembers Jackie being at the surf line show. They try to remember if she was out of her seat long enough. Eric shoots it down by saying the whole line wasnt completed at the time. Stephanie rushes in and wants to know if Eric found out anymore information. Eric knows someone significant had to help Jackie and Nick. They couldnt have gotten the collection alone. They have a traitor in their midst.
Stormy Seas is revealed as Rick. He shakes hands with Nick and says he wasnt sure he would hold up his end of the bargain. Nick says he wouldnt turn over his company site unseen, but he did it for his mother. Rick says from the sound of things everyone is happy with the collection and it should turn a profit for him. Nick asks Rick why hed sabotage his company for the competition. Rick says in one word, Ridge. Hes lived his whole life in his shadow. His personal life and career have always been overshadowed by Ridge. Rick says he saw a possibility of living and working without Ridge. Nick reminds him Eric made him president of Forrester. Rick quickly says and he made Ridge CEO. Every time Eric gives him something, Ridge gets double. Rick says he needs to move on with his life and it could start at Jackie M. He says Nick has to uphold his end of the bargain, so he wont have betrayed his family for nothing. Nick is silent.
Stephanie angrily says too many people had access to the designs. Brooke says too many Logans she means. Felicia takes the opportunity to slam the Logans. She says all of them are in the building and now they have a security breach. Brooke plans to respond, but Eric tells Felicia to stop. They talk about the people that work on the dresses being trusted. Marcus asks if someone could have hacked into the computer. Thorne defensively says his computer work was all encrypted. Steffy says they need to get a list of who had computer access. Eric again says only family had access. Katie walks in followed by Pam. Felicia again takes a dig at the Logans. She says theyre talking about only family, but points out Katie is Nicks fiancée. Katie is offended. She says she had nothing to do with it. Brooke defends Katie, saying she was the one that called them about the showing. Thorne says that doesnt make her innocent. Eric says they need to stop accusing each other and look for evidence. Eric starts to give instructions, but Katie interrupts. She lets him know Jackie and Nick didnt initiate this whole thing. Someone emailed them the designs. Eric looks stunned. He cant believe someone inside the company would do this. Stephanie wants to know if they have any idea who sent the information. Brooke starts to walk away and says shes going over there. Ridge grabs her arm and says wait. Why would she go there? Brooke says shes going to ask Nick to issue a statement to the press that the designs are Forresters. Shes sure hell cooperate and figure out who did this. Everyone is skeptical and Ridge looks at her with disbelief. She heads out anyway.
At Taylors, shes in Phoebes room. She looks around sadly. As she stares at a picture of Phoebe, the phone rings. Its Steffy. She tells her mom about whats going on at Forrester. Shes crying and tells her mom shes upset about all the hard work her dad and grandfather put in on the line. Taylor cant believe it and wants to know how Ridge is holding up. Steffy tells her they think someone on the inside had to have done this. Taylor asks about Eric. Steffy says hes holding up. Taylor asks if she should come down there. Steffy tells her she just needed to talk to someone. Taylor says to let Ridge know shes sorry and if he needs her, shell be there even though he has Brooke. Steffy quickly says he needs her too. She tells her mom she better get back in there, since she doesnt want everyone to know how upset she is. Steffy wonders who could do something so cruel.
Rick continues to vent about Ridge. He tells Nick how Stephanie wanted to put him in jail. He thinks his presidential title is in name only. Hes just tired of things being the way they are. He feels he doesnt have a future at Forrester Creations. He says we just need peace in our lives. Nick picks up on the term and asks whos we? Rick tells him he cant get into that right now. Rick says hes not proud of what hes done. Hes disgusted, but hes tired of being persecuted at Forrester. Nick says he can see hes very passionate about this. Nick says he feels the same way about his family. He loves them very much. The designs saved his company. Nick says he will hold up his end of the agreement. Rick thanks him and says hell do right by him. Nick tells him theyll keep this quiet. Rick agrees. Nick tells Rick hes a good man and does a great job. He welcomes him aboard as president. They shake again as Rick smiles.
Eric wonders if someone accidently gave out the code or left their computer on. As they continue to discuss it, Steffy gets a phone call on her cell. She steps out in the hall to take the call. Its Rick. She asks where hes at. She tries to ask if he knows whats happened, but Rick cuts her off. He tells her hes headed to his office. Its important and he wants her to meet him there. He tells her not to tell anyone. She agrees and heads there. In Erics office, Katie says they need to decide something since the show is already arranged. All their designs just went down Jackies runway. Marcus asks if they can do a show anyway. Donna says maybe Brooke can convince the Marones to admit what happened. Stephanie laughs at the suggestion. Eric says Jackie wont admit anything, since hes spoken to her already. They agree to delay their show. Katie says she can draft a press release from Eric and Ridge. Ridge says Rick should be included, since hes president. They realize at this point Rick hasnt shown up.
Steffy is in Ricks office, when he appears. He comes in saying he loves her and starts kissing her. Steffy has tears and tells him to stop. She wants to know if hes heard whats happened. She starts to tell him about Jackies show. Rick tells her he knows. Steffy asks if thats why he wanted to see her in private. She asks if he knows who sabotaged them. Rick quietly says he knows. Steffy perks up and wants to know who.
Nick smokes another cigar in his office. Brooke comes in unannounced. Nick jokes that it didnt take her long to get there. Brooke is angry and asks if thats all he has to say to her. Isnt he sorry for what happened? She tells Nick he needs to issue a statement to the press. It was just a mistake and Jackie M got a hold of Forrester designs by mistake. Brooke says hes not a thief. Nick says he can only say hes sorry, but thats it. This type of thing happens in the fashion world all the time. Brooke says corporate espionage doesnt happen, with someone who has a conscious. Nick says his mothers company was going to be taken away. He had to look out for his familys livelihood. Someone gave him a lifeline and he took it. Brooke says he owes it to her, to tell who would do this. She earnestly asks him to tell her who betrayed Forrester. Nick doesnt answer.
The Forresters are still in Erics office discussing how theyll never get the credit for their beautiful designs. Katie comes in with the press release. Eric says he wants to wait before going to the press. He wants answers first about who stole the designs.
Brooke demands Nick tells her, who sent the designs. Brooke guesses it was someone at Forrester Creations. Nick doesnt answer. Brooke is desperate to know. Nick tells her she should go. Brooke begs him using their past relationship. Nick tells her to let it go. Its not the time. He assures her one day.
In Ricks office, Steffy wants to know who would do this. She says everyone is in his dads office trying to figure it out. Steffy says he has to tell them. Rick says no. Steffy looks at him with confusion. She says this person ruined their profits. Rick says what if this person had the best intentions. Steffy says there cant be any kind of justification. Rick says hell tell her, if she can keep it between them. Steffy says no. Everyone is pointing fingers. Its the Logans versus the Forresters. Rick tries to joke about it, but Steffy is serious. She says someone sabotaged them. Rick says hes tired of sneaking around and hiding their relationship. Thats what hes concerned about right now, since hes crazy about her. Steffy reciprocates the feeling. Rick says they dont have a future there at Forrester. Theyll always be judged. He says if Ridge ever found out they were together, hed have a fit. He says thats why he did what he did. Steffy is confused and doesnt get what hes trying to tell her. He says he arranged for them to love each other out in the open, without someone trying to keep them apart. She wants to know where. Rick says Jackie Ms. Steffy is shocked. She stammers she cant believe it. Rick tells her he talked to Nick. Nick will make him president. He will have a contract and lots of money. He wants her to come with him. Steffy says Nick offered this in exchange for what. Rick doesnt answer. Steffy chokes out; Nick did this in exchange for the designs. Rick tells her its the only way. He did this to carve out their future. Steffy looks sick.
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