The Bold & The Beautiful Update Monday 3/23/09
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At Big Bear, Steffy and Thomas continue to argue over Rick. Thomas wants to keep Steffy away from Rick. Steffy says hes crazy and she cant believe he tried to kill Rick. Taylor and Ridge stand by and let the kids try to work out their differences.
Jackie is working in her office, when Nick comes in. He tries to talk her into taking a break. She says Jackie M isnt completely out of the woods. Theres work to be done. Nick tells her she can work on it tomorrow. He tells her to relax and enjoy a moment not worrying. She says she could relax and enjoy, if Bridget was back in his life and Katie was gone. Nick looks stunned at his moms outburst and the direction of the conversation.
Brooke goes to see Pam in jail. Pam is surprised and wants to know what Brooke wants. Brooke says shes looking for answers. Pam wants answers too, since she cant understand why shes still in jail. She denies trying to kill Rick. Pam tries to walk out, but Brooke tells her shes talked to Stephanie. Pam waits to hear what Brooke has to say. Stephanie is convinced Pam didnt do it. Pam asks if Brooke needs to be convinced too. Brooke tells Pam she wants her to confess. Pam looks shocked at the suggestion.
At the cabin, Thomas tells Steffy he was wrong. He was being selfish. He was just trying to protect the family. Steffy listens stoically. Taylor tries to intervene, but Thomas says he deserves this. He felt like he had to be the man of the house every since his parents divorced. Steffy pointedly tells him he just needs to accept the fact she loves Rick. Thomas says he cant. Thomas says he was going to barge in and pull Steffy out of Ricks the night of the press conference. He couldnt handle his baby sister being with Rick. He emotionally says he couldnt even look at her. This is when he grabbed the lighter fluid, after she came out. He was going to beg her to stop seeing Rick. Ridge tries to get him to stop by saying they all know what happened. Steffy says she doesnt. She tells Thomas just flipped out over her and Rick. She asks about the car. Taylor comes over and rubs Thomas shoulders in comfort. Steffy yells at Thomas he blew up Ricks car. Steffy tells her mother to stop consoling Thomas. Taylor says theyre all in a lot of pain. Steffy says Rick could have been killed. Ridge dismissively says Rick wasnt hurt. Steffy says that doesnt make it alright. Thomas is almost in tears. He tells his sister he would undo it if he could. Steffy says he cant, but Rick needs to know the truth. Both Taylor and Ridge say no in unison. Steffy goes on to say Rick thinks his life is in danger, so he deserves to know the truth. Before her parents can say more, her cell phone buzzes. She pulls it out of her pocket and says its Rick. Ridge tells her not to answer, but she has already.
Rick is at his mothers, when he calls Steffy. He wants to know whats going on, since she hung up so abruptly before. She tells him its her family. He thinks she sounds tense. She tells him she has to talk to him, but her parents dont want him to know what she has to say. Taylor, Ridge and Thomas all watch her holding their breath.
Ridge goes over and grabs Steffys arm with her phone. He asks her not to do this. Dont punish Thomas for trying to help her. She shoots back what about punishing Pam. Taylor begs her to give them more time to figure this all out.
Rick looks at his phone and asks if shes still there. Steffy tells him she has to go, but shell see him soon. Rick reminds her she was going to tell him something. She plays it off, saying she just wanted to say she misses him. Shell be home soon and nothing will ever keep them apart. She says this with emphasis as she looks at her dad with a smile. Ridge looks at her with a trapped expression.
Nick tells his mother she doesnt want to talk about his love life. She counters that he doesnt want to talk about it. Nick tells her she doesnt have anything going on in her life. If she had something going on, she wouldnt be meddling in his life. Jackie is quiet and looks reflective. Nick tells her quietly its okay to feel a little lonely.
At the jail, Pam emphatically tells Brooke shes not going to confess. Brooke says the police have all the evidence they need. Brooke tells Pam she couldnt sleep before, but now that shes in jail its been better. Pam sees Brooke isnt sure. Brooke whispers to Pam she can just nod her head and not say anything. She wont go to the DA, but she needs to know. Pam says she didnt do it. Brooke argues that she did. Pam again denies it and says she hates Rick. She thinks hes a spoiled, arrogant brat. She didnt try to kill him though. Brooke is almost in anguish and says it has to be. Pam asks if its because of what happened to Donna. She reminds Brooke she was sick then. She appeals to Brooke to help get her out of jail, so the police can concentrate on the real nutcase out there. Brooke looks taken aback at how strongly Pam presents her case.
Steffy tells her family they have to know how incredibly wrong this is; keeping Rick in the dark and Pam in jail. Thomas agrees. Taylor and Ridge try to justify his actions. Taylor says he wasnt trying to hurt anyone. Steffy says this is hurting Pam, since she was finally getting her act together. Ridge asks if she really thinks Rick will forgive Thomas. He reminds her how Rick has been trying to wreak havoc for weeks. He wanted to destroy his life and family. Steffy says its all in the past. Shell talk to Rick, who will listen to her. Ridge and Taylor think its too risky. Ridge says Thomas is their priority right now. Thomas in puzzled and asks his dad what this all means. Ridge says this family has lost too much already, they will not lose Thomas. Ridge grabs his son and holds him in his arms. Taylor looks on with a worried expression. Steffy watches silently.
In her office, Jackie tells Nick she just expressed an opinion about his love life. How can he compare her to Stephanie? Nick looks puzzled. Jackie talks about how bitter and lonely Stephanie is and doesnt see herself the same way. Jackie denies being lonely. Nick asks how long its been since she had a gentleman friend. Jackie hedges the question saying she keeps busy with work. She also has Nick and Jack. Nick says thats all fine, but theres something missing. He quietly asks his mother if she really wants to be worrying about him and Katies relationship. Jackie softly says no, thats not who she is. She doesnt want everyone to be miserable like her. Nick tells her he thinks theres someone out there, who can appreciate her. Jackie isnt as sure. Nick tells her she has to get out of the office. Jackie jokes not necessarily, since the delivery boy gave her the eye today. Nick jokes back with her that its a start. Jackie hugs him and thanks him for being so concerned about her.
Brooke arrives home. Rick is waiting and asks if Pam denied everything. Brooke says yes. Rick isnt surprised. Brooke thought it would make a difference to look Pam in the eye. Rick tells her thats why Stephanie was there today. She just wanted to plant a seed of doubt. Brooke says she told Pam she just needed to know the truth for her own peace of mind. Brooke says she knows Stephanie and when shes playing games. Rick thinks shes just trying to stir the pot and cause problems in Brookes marriage. Brooke cuts him off and says what if Stephanie is sincere and Pam isnt responsible. What if the person is still out there somewhere?
Back at the cabin, Steffy talks face to face with Thomas alone. She lets him know how scared she was for Ricks life. She doesnt know what she would have done if he had died. Thomas earnestly tells Steffy hes sorry. Steffy is in tears and nods her head. She takes Thomas hand and hugs him. Thomas looks a bit surprised. Steffy holds him tightly around the neck and shakes her head at all the turmoil.
In the bedroom, Ridge and Taylor talk. Taylor paces in agitation. Ridge says they will not lose their son. There has to be something they can do. They sit on the bed together and look at each other. Ridge reaches for Taylors hand. He holds it as she leans her head on his shoulder for support.
Jackie is alone in her office. She replays her conversation with Nick. She smiles to herself.
Steffy walks around the cabin with her cell in her hand. Thomas asks if shes going to call Rick. She looks at him, but doesnt answer. Thomas asks what she can say to Rick. Steffy says she knows what she wants to say, but shes not sure what to do. Thomas tells her to do what she has to, since he cant stop her. He walks away. Steffy sits and dials.
At Brookes, Rick tries to convince his mother Stephanie was trying to confuse her. His cells phone rings and he tells Brooke its Steffy. He takes the call. Steffy tells him shes sorry for hanging up on him again. Rick asks if things are crazy. He will come get her if she wants. She tells him shell be home soon. He sarcastically says daddy dearest is letting up. Steffy is noncommittal with her answer. Rick figures Ridge isnt in the room. Steffy lets him know her parents are in the bedroom talking. Rick raises his eyebrows at this tidbit. Brooke is standing behind him and not privy to the conversation. Steffy tells Rick shell see him in a few hours. Rick says he cant wait. They both say I love you. Thomas watches and listens unseen from the door.
Brooke asks Rick if Steffy is okay. Rick automatically says Ridge is giving her a hard time. Brooke defends Ridge saying hes keeping his daughter safe. Rick wont believe Pam is innocent. Brooke tries to plant some doubt and says what if Stephanie is right. Rick says Ridge just wants this time to deprogram Steffy. Brooke says Ridge was concerned about more than Steffy. Hes the one that wanted the police unit outside the house. Brooke wonders if Stephanie could be right.
Taylor rests on Ridges shoulder and wonders what happened to their family. Phoebe is gone; Steffy is with Rick and now Thomas. Ridge holds her hands tightly and says he didnt see it coming. Taylor says maybe she didnt want to see it. She jumps up from the bed to pace some more. Ridge tells her not to blame herself. Taylor says shes only worried about what they can do to protect Thomas. Ridge says that is the most important thing right now. Taylor agonizes over why Thomas didnt talk to her. She feels he was ashamed of her. He kept all this anger bottled up inside. Ridge thinks being the man of the house just took its toll. Ridge says they shouldnt dwell on what got them here, but what they need to do now. Taylor says Rick will have a field day with this. Ridge says Rick cant know. Taylor holds her head in frustration and asks how. Ridge says Steffy loves her family, so shell hold on to that. Taylor is in pain and wants to know when this all will end. Ridge tells her they have to be the strong ones for their family. He sits on the bed next to her and puts his hand on Taylors back. Shes almost in tears as she tells him hes the only one thats been able to calm her since Phoebes death. He affectionately calls her doc and says hes there for her. Shes not alone and theyll get through this together. She leans on his chest and he puts his arm around her. Shes almost in tears as she asks if he really thinks they can save Thomas. He says theyll get through this no matter what it takes. His face wears a determined look.
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