The Bold & The Beautiful Update Friday 2/27/09
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Written By Stephanie
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At Forrester, the press is anxious to hear Brookes big announcement. She takes her time and talks about how everyone has a stake in the family business. Jared figures out whatever is taking place is personal, since Brooke is so flustered. All the family look at Brooke, some with confused frowns. Steffy and Rick eye each other. Brooke and Ridge make eye contact also.
In Taylors office, she argues with Bridget over Rick leaving the company. Taylor doesnt feel its her place to get involved. Shes just worried about Steffy. She reminds Bridget her mother has more control over Ridge at this point. Bridget disagrees and thinks Ridge would listen to Taylor. She doesnt feel its right for Rick to be forced out of the company. Taylor says Brooke just doesnt want to be the one to upset Ridge. Bridget says she understands Taylors position. After everything her family has gone through, they deserve some peace. She just feels if they ostracize Rick, what does he have left to live for? It could cause him to do something crazier. Taylor angrily tells her she doesnt really care what happens to Rick, after what hes done to her family. Finally, Taylor has had enough. She heads to the door, indicating Bridget should leave. Bridget makes one last plea by bringing up how Rick saved Ridges life on the roof. Taylor says with emphasis she still doesnt want him around Steffy. If that means him not working at Forrester, thats the way itll have to be. Bridget looks stunned.
Back at Forrester, Ridge urges Brooke to make the announcement. Stephanie, Felicia, and Pam talk amongst themselves and say just spit it out. Steffy looks uncomfortable and steals glances at Rick. Brooke apologizes for the wait. She says there have been a lot of rumors and speculation lately about personnel changes. She hesitates again and looks at Ridge. She starts talking about the new collection and commends Eric and Ridge for their hard work. She also thanks the President and the VP, Rick and Thorne respectively. Everyone looks totally confused, wondering where Brooke is going with this. Brooke continues talking about adversity and how it makes people stronger. She says challenges make you grow and learn. Rick even looks bewildered by his mothers speech. She drones on about thats why its taken so long to get the collection out. They want it to be perfect. Katie smiles, figuring out Brooke isnt going to announce Rick being removed. Brooke tells the press they will all be receiving invitations for the showing of the new collection shortly. Katie steps in to wrap things up, directing any calls to her office. The Forresters all look astounded by what took place. Ridge especially looks shaken by Brookes failure to do what was planned. Brooke anxiously looks at him.
After the press leave, Owen and Pam field calls in the reception area. The phones ring off the hook. Marcus joins them, saying the press wasnt happy. Pam says can you blame them. There was no big announcement. Owens says something was going on in that room not involving business. Marcus sarcastically says Thorne was supposed to be President, but of course its still Rick.
In Erics office, the family is heated. They ambush Brooke. Even Eric says he thought Brooke had made up her mind about Rick leaving. Stephanie looks at Rick and says he got to his mother. Brooke says she couldnt do it. Stephanie is steaming and asks now what. Shell drag Ridge down the hall for a little nookie and things will be okay. Ridge is just supposed to forget all the things Rick has done. Steffy jumps in and defends Rick, saying he was a good President. She doesnt think its fair Rick has to lose his job, because her dad cant stand him and doesnt want him around her. She should be the one to go. Eric quickly says no. Steffy insists shes leaving. Shes talked it over with Brooke, and thats why no announcement was made. Stephanie says shes not going anywhere. Thorne reminds them all Rick was fired. Brooke says they found a workable solution. Stephanie is fired up. She asks how this is workable. She tells Brooke, Ridge is so mad he cant even speak. Steffy rushes over to her dad. She tells him he has to go along with this. The way the press was hammering Brooke. Theyll want to know why, if Rick was let go. Katie says Jared already hinted there was something more personal going on. Ridge looks unconvinced. Stephanie jumps on Katie, wanting to know if shes part of the conspiracy. Katie rolls her eyes and head in disbelief at Stephanies gall. Rick finally speaks up and says his mother did what she thought was right. Brooke looks surprised at him defending her. Rick says his mom wont regret it. He tells his mother shes giving him a second chance and she wont be sorry. Thorne yells at his father, they cant get away with this. Ridge throws his hands up in disgust and walks out. Brooke calls his name and runs after him. Rick looks slightly unconcerned.
Bridget prepares to leave Taylors office. Taylor says Rick is out of control. Bridget tells her Brooke fired Rick. Taylor says for once Brooke made a right decision. Bridget looks frustrated. She says her mom hates this. Taylor says this is what Rick needs. Ridge loves Brooke, but he does have limits. If Brooke is smart, she wont push this.
Brooke rushes in Ridges office, where hes packing up to leave. She calls his name. He tells her hes so angry, he cant even look at her. Brooke says she knows hes angry and shocked, but they have to talk about this. Ridge tries to walk past her out the door. She grabs his arm. He says theyve already talked about this. He said no, but she wont listen. Hes told her he cant accept this, but she wont listen. She tries to apologize, saying she just bought them some time. Ridge says she really doesnt want to do this right now and pushes past her through the door. Brooke calls his name with tears in her eyes. She is devastated.
In Erics office, Stephanie faces Rick and tells him hes still fired. Eric tells her to stop. She reminds Eric how Ridge stormed out. Hes not going to work with Rick. Thorne pipes up, he wont either. Eric is irritated and asks everyone to stop. Felicia picks up on his tone and says hes glad Brooke didnt fire Rick. Eric doesnt deny it. Steffy looks relieved. Stephanie tells Rick not to even look at Steffy. She approaches Steffy and tells her if she leaves, it will only upset her father. Steffy says shes the problem, so she should leave. Stephanie tries to get her to see she cant trust Rick. Steffy says no one forced her to do this. Shes doing this because she loves Rick. She knew Ridge would be upset. Rick looks at her and smiles. He drops his head, when Stephanie tells her how much she has disappointed her. Stephanie looks sad, telling Steffy she cant believe she would let Rick use her this way. She would go against her own father. Rick speaks up and denies using Steffy. Katie intervenes by stepping between Rick and Stephanie. She tells Rick he should just go home. She suggest Eric and Brooke can work this out. Thorne says theres nothing to be worked out. Stephanie looks ready to throw punches. Felicia suggests someone find Brooke, so she can see this is an impossible situation. Stephanie says she hopes thats what Ridge is doing right now.
Taylor opens her office door to find Ridge standing there. She says so much for tough love. Ridge lets her know Rick is still President. She can tell by the look on his face, things didnt go well. He tells how they brought Steffy into all the mess by asking her to leave. Taylor looks surprised. Taylor says absolutely not. Ridge says Brooke suggested it, but he thinks Rick was behind it all. Taylor is angered by the fact Brooke is helping the kids get closer. Ridge says he would never let Steffy make such a sacrifice for that jerk. Taylor says they have got to put an end to this. Rick is just trying to hurt him. Hes gone after Phoebe, her, and now Steffy. Hes taken one daughter from them and he cant take another one. Ridge looks at her and pulls her close for a hug.
Bridget has rushed over to Forrester. As she prepares to open her dads door, she sees Owen. She asks him what happened. He tells her basically nothing. Rick is still President. Brooke couldnt do it. Bridget is surprised. She knows Owen isnt too happy. He says its not the most popular decision around here. Bridget reflects saying she didnt think her mom could go through with firing Rick. She tries to get Owen to understand. He says he doesnt envy Brookes position. Bridget asks how Ridge took it. Owen says Ridge stormed out and Brooke followed him. Bridget knows it wasnt a pretty scene.
Brooke has made it home, where she expects to find Ridge. Shes tearful as she lies on her bed fully clothed. She wonders where Ridge could be. He has to come back
In Ricks office, he and Steffy are together. They hold each and kiss as they talk about what happened. Rick says no one will even know theyre gone. Ridge and Brooke will patch things up. He feels optimistic about everything. Rick cant believe she was going to take a leave of absence for him. She says he was willing to do more than that for her. She just wishes Ridge could see him like she does, especially since he saved Ridges life. Rick says he feels bad for Ridge. Rick picks Steffy up and they fall on the couch. They continue to kiss each other passionately.
Stephanie goes to Taylors office. The two discuss how Rick and Steffys relationship continues to tear the family up. Taylor is still steamed that Brooke is encouraging matters. Stephanie assures Taylor that Ridge will never let Steffy leave the company. Stephanie is peeved with Eric; since he was happy Brooke didnt let Rick go. She holds her head in annoyance. She says Eric knew what this would do to Ridge, but was still happy at Brooke flip flop. She lets Taylor know she does have reason to be concerned about Steffy, since Rick has her wrapped around his little finger. She says in jest, whats next hell run away with her. Taylor says dont even joke about it. Stephanie tells her she has to be realistic. They dont know where this is all headed. Taylor lets her know she and Ridge are on the same page. They want to put an end to this once and for all. Stephanie says Brooke may have made a big mistake with this move. Their marriage could be on the rocks. Taylor says Ridge came to her, because shes Steffys mother. Stephanie says he came to her, because he can depend on her. The same cant be said for Brooke. Stephanie says its been a long time coming, but Brooke may have finally lost his trust. Taylor looks pensive.
Brooke continues to lie on her bed at home. She looks worried and sad. Ridge walks in and she jumps up and calls his name. Ridge says he doesnt want to talk right now. Brooke insists they talk. She was scared by the look Ridge gave her earlier. She didnt feel like his wife, but more like Ricks accomplice. Ridge looks mad and disgusted. She tells Ridge she knows hes only thinking of his daughters. Rick just makes him relive that when hes around. She wants to help Ridge get past this place, so she can help him heal. Ridge is mad and says she wanted Steffy to defy him. How could she ask Steffy to leave the company so Rick could stay? Brooke says it was temporary. Ridge asks for how long, until she wore him down. Hed just come to accept Rick being around Steffy.
Brooke says we need to find a way to forgive. Ridge says no. Brooke says hes not ready. Ridge asks what if hes never ready. Brooke looks uncertain. Ridge says she knows what he feels for her. Brooke says she couldnt turn her back on her son. Ridge says she gave her loyalty to a man, who has caused him more pain than hes ever known. He goes on his voice getting higher. Rick has done everything in his power to break them up, yet hes her priority. Brooke is emotional and says Rick is her responsibility. She gave birth to him and raised him. Ridge is livid. He hollers at Brooke he doesnt understand why she cant see what Rick is doing to them. Brooke says Rick cant do anything to them, unless they let him. On their wedding day, they promised not to let anyone come between them. He cant control his feelings for Rick and neither can she. He is her husband, but Rick is her flesh and blood. Shes a woman torn apart by her loyalties. She wants desperately for Ridge to understand. Hes the love of her life. She begs Ridge to love her the way she loves him, more than life itself. She asks Ridge if he can do that. Ridge looks like hes shaking as he struggles for an answer.
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