The Bold & The Beautiful Update Monday 2/23/09
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Written By Stephanie
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At Forrester, Ridge hangs over the side of the roof. Rick tries desperately to pull him up.
Stephanie is in Ridges office at Forrester, where she tells Taylor about Ricks plans to join the army. Taylor is confused about why Rick would do such a thing. Stephanie says hes working an angle to get in with Steffy. This would make everyone in the family look at him differently. Taylor wants to know what Ridge thinks about it. Stephanie says Ridge thinks Rick has ulterior motives too. All this, just because he has his sights set on Steffy. Stephanie says Brooke and Eric think hes sincere in order to gain some integrity. Taylor doesnt know if this is possible. Stephanie says they know that, but his parents dont see it.
Brooke hurries up the stairwell to the roof. She reaches the roof from the other side. She sees Ridge dangling and Rick straining to pull him up. Shes terrified and screams Ridge and Ricks names. She sees Rick pull Ridge over the top. Rick breathes hard from the exertion and tells Ridge he would never let him die. Ridge catches his breath and just looks at Rick in shocked silence. Rick leaves Ridge sitting on the roof catching his breath.
Taylor is flustered. She wishes she had a solution. Stephanie tells her not to fret. Taylor knows Steffy is in over her head and Rick wont back off. Stephanie says they have to stop this relationship. Taylor is unsure how, since they are adults. Stephanie says it doesnt matter. Ridge will never go for it. Taylor says she supports Ridge in this. Stephanie is glad. Taylor says she has to, because she knows Rick or Brooke wont be logical about the situation. Taylor is worried about Ridge as much as Steffy. She doesnt know where this thing is headed. Stephanie knows Taylor loves Ridge as much as ever. Taylor heads out. Stephanie tells her shes not sure Ridge and Brooke can survive this, since theyre on such opposite sides. Taylor just wants Ridge to survive it. She asks Stephanie to call her and let her know whats going on. Stephanie looks lost in thought, but nods.
Ridge walks in looking ragged. His shirt is dirty and torn down the front. Stephanie looks shocked and asks what happened to him. Ridge assures her hes fine. She still asks where hes been. Ridge tells her hes been on the roof. Her face changes, showing more confusion. She asks if hes been up there with Rick and he did this. Ridge lets her know Rick didnt do anything to him. Stephanie continues trying to get answers. Ridge looks tired and worn out. He rubs his head in a weary fashion. He tells his mother he almost fell off the roof. Stephanie looks stunned. Ridge explains he got into it with Rick. Stephanie jumps to the conclusion Rick tried to push him off. Ridge quickly says it wasnt anything like that, but was his own fault. Stephanie waits for more.
Rick makes it back down stairs, where Brooke runs to meet him. Shes breathless and tells him she was up on the roof, but couldnt get to him. She wants to know if he and Ridge were fighting. Rick says it was crazy, but no they werent fighting. She asks if he pushed Ridge off the roof. Rick says Ridge tripped and fell over. Brooke looks questioning and asks how Ridge tripped. Rick explains Ridge rushed at him, but he dodged him. Rick again says he swears he didnt push him. He had to help Ridge. Brooke looks surprised and relieved. She hugs Rick with tears in her eyes. Rick says he didnt do anything someone else wouldnt have done. Brooke wants to tell everyone, but Rick doesnt want anyone to know. He doesnt want the hero role. Brooke thinks its because they were fighting. Rick again says they were arguing, but thats not why he doesnt want her to blab. Brooke is so proud of him, so she doesnt understand. Rick says his position is sensitive with the family right now. He doesnt want everyone to think hes working an angle. This could help him with Ridge. Maybe hell let him and Steffy be together. Brooke still looks pleased at what Rick has done. The two hug again.
Rick and Brooke move their conversation to the shipping office. Rick tries to convince his mother to remain silent. She said if things happened the way he says, he should be proud to tell others. He saved Ridges life. Its a breakthrough. Rick says the family thinks hes a con artist. He wants them to know hes tying to change. He wants his family, his job, everything all back. It hinges on Ridge and what happened today could help. Brooke says he saved Ridges life, how could it not. Brooke tells him now all he has to do is stay away from Steffy. Rick says maybe the healing can all begin. is goal is to walk back in there one day and have everyones respect. Brooke smiles as she listens to how earnest Rick sounds.
In Ridges office, he tells his mother how Steffy is putty in Ricks hands. He didnt hear the conversation they had, but knew Rick was working her. Stephanie listens intently. She asks Ridge if he followed Rick up to the roof and thats how he almost fell off. Ridge explains how Rick saved his life. Stephanie rolls her eyes and asks how he feels about that. Ridge says he knows Rick didnt intend to kill Phoebe or him. Like her, he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Stephanie looks disgusted. She says Rick will put a spin on this and Ridge cant let him. Ridge agrees.
Still in the shipping office, Rick writes a note to Steffy. He knows she wants him to win her father over and he thinks it could already be happening .
Ridge is alone in his office, when Brooke comes in. She sees him and tears fill her eyes. She tells him she saw everything. She doesnt want to know what this was all about. Shes just glad hes alive. She hugs him as tears flow. She says he must have been in shock. Ridge says he was. Brooke offers to take him home. Ridge declines. Brooke tells him she spoke to Rick and he doesnt want anyone to know. Ridge doesnt understand. Brooke explains she wants to tell everyone, but Rick asked her not too. Ridge wants to know if shell honor his wishes. Brooke says there are certain family member she thinks need to know. Ridge figures out shes talking about all the family members that are down on him right now. Brooke says what Rick did was heroic. She thinks its remarkable Rick wouldnt want people to know. Ridge looks at her with disbelief and says Rick knows how to handle her. Brooke looks puzzled at Ridges reaction. She asks if Ridge is even grateful for what Rick did. Why does he think Rick is working an angle? Ridge thinks Rick is counting on Brooke telling everyone. Hes annoyed and tells her Rick was hitting on Steffy. He followed Rick up to the roof to confront him. He got angry and lunged at Rick. He went over the side and Rick pulled him up. He would have never been up there, if Rick has just stayed away from his daughter. Brooke looks hurt and saddened by Ridges attitude.
At home, Taylor pulls out a photo album. She says to herself, Stephanie is right. Shell never stop loving Ridge. She sees a picture of the whole family. She tells herself they were a great looking family and had it all. She has flashbacks of her and Ridge together over the years. She talks to herself about how it was all destroyed. First it was Brooke and now Rick. Taylor looks tearful, but determined. Rick took Phoebe and she cant let him take Steffy.
In the shipping office, Rick addresses his note to Steffy. As he licks the envelope, Stephanie walks in. She startles him. She mockingly asks if hes waiting for Steffy. Rick says shes unbelievable. Hes headed home. Stephanie tells him she heard about the escapade on the roof. He says thats between him and Ridge. Stephanie baits him and says thats why hes waiting for Steffy. He wants to toot his own horn. Rick is irritated and tells Stephanie goodnight. Stephanie tells him he wants to use this to his own advantage. Rick cant believe Stephanie isnt even modestly grateful she saved Ridges life. Stephanie angrily tells him it wouldnt have happened, if Rick would stay away from his daughter. She finally comments on Ricks fatigues. She laughs and asks when he ships out. Before he can answer, Stephanie walks out. Rick calls her name and follows her. He tells her he was rejected by the army, due to his recent paralysis. Stephanie heartily laughs and says hes a piece of work. She says Rick knew they wouldnt accept him. It was just a gesture to impress Steffy. Rick says he doesnt have to impress Steffy. Theyre crazy about each other. They will be together. Stephanie tells him not as long as she draws breath. Rick is angry and tells her God forbid he ever had to save her life. Stephanie spits at him shed rather die. Rick walks off.
In Ridges office, Brooke asks Ridge if it doesnt matter to him how Rick saved his life. Ridge says Rick will get major mileage out for this, especially with her. Brooke cant believe Ridges attitude. Rick didnt force him on the roof. Ridge saw Rick with Steffy, but he had no right to be with her. He would have followed him anywhere. Brooke tries to get him to see thats not the point. Ridge says as long as Rick continues to pursue Steffy, there will be problems. Ridge says Rick doesnt give a damn. Brooke explains to Ridge how Rick wants his acceptance. Ridge says thats bull. If that was the case, hed stop working Steffy. Ridge goes on to say the whole army thing was a crock. He just wanted to impress Steffy. Brooke thinks Ridge is being unfair. Ridge says Rick knew they had access to his medical records. Brooke doesnt believe this is the case. If it is, what does that say about Rick? Ridge says that hes obsessive and needs to be institutionalized. Brooke says or maybe Rick really does care about Steffy. Ridge grabs his head in frustration. He says Ricks history proves he doesnt love anyone. He names all Ricks recent conquest. Brooke is irritated and reminds Ridge hes talking about her son. He makes Rick sound deranged. Ridge says hes tried to be sensitive to that, but Brooke seems to always protect Rick. Ridge says he cant continue to go along with this as long as it involves Steffy. He has to stay away from Steffy or there will be big trouble. Brooke asks if he doesnt fault Steffy at all, since it takes two. Ridge says Rick is an expert at manipulating women. Brooke is annoyed and feels Ridge is insinuating Rick has done this to her all her life also. Ridge grabs his head again in frustration. He tells Brooke he knows its been hard for her too. However, the things that have happened to him seem to have Rick at the center. He reinforces that Rick needs to stay away from his daughter. He cant risk losing Steffy. Brooke suggests to Ridge the more you forbid someone the more they want to do something. Ridge is incredulous Brooke would suggest he allow this thing to run its course. Brooke says since theyre adults, he may not have a choice. She still feels Steffy isnt the problem. Rick is seeking acceptance from Ridge and the family. She says thank God Rick saved him. Not thinking about his motives or anything else, Ridge should be grateful. She tells Ridge even though he thinks Rick is out to destroy him, it appears the other way. Ridge is silent. She asks Ridge is thats what he wants to do. Ridge shakes his head struggling for an answer. Brooke begs him to let Rick stay. Let him come back to the company. Give Rick a reason to feel good about himself. Shes got tears as she begs Ridge to do it for her, if not for Rick. She says she loves him. They hold each others heads and lock eyes as Ridge is torn for an answer.
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