The Bold & The Beautiful Update Friday 5/8/09
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Ridge, Taylor, Thomas, Brooke and Rick are still in Erics office fighting over Thomas coming to work at Forrester. Brooke agrees its settled. Thomas cant work there. Rick is adamant its not going to happen. Hes the president. He doesnt want to work in close proximity with Thomas. Rick reminds them Thomas would be in jail, if not for his generosity. He glares at Thomas.
Up on the roof of Forrester, Steffy and Marcus hug. She tells him how great a friend he is, especially after how she treated him. Marcus humbly tells her hes a gentleman. She feels so foolish about how she was taken in by Rick. Marcus commiserates with her, since he feels he was a victim to Ricks trickery also. The whole scam to send him to Paris, so he could make moves on Steffy was a prime example. Steffy tells him all that is behind them. Marcus tells her its not over, since Rick wont let it go.
Back in Erics office, Taylor stands up for Thomas. She tells Rick hes not a threat. Thomas chimes in; hes just there to keep an eye on Rick. Rick doesnt find it very humorous. Thomas tells him hes kidding and wonders what happened to his sense of humor. Brooke jumps in and sternly tells Thomas he has to take responsibility for his actions. He cant seriously think he can work there. Ridge tells her this is his son, who deserves to be there as much as Rick. Ridge and Taylor feel its a good idea to help the public feel more confident. After all, Thomas has the right last name. Taylor continues to talk about how they thought it would help the family company. Brooke attacks her saying shes not a Forrester or a part of the company. Taylor turns and looks at Ridge for support.
Taylor defends herself and tells Brooke shes just as much a part of the family as her. She tells her to ask Eric, Stephanie, Thorne or Felicia. Rick says hes a Forrester and he doesnt see it that way. Taylor blast him by saying hes not acting like a Forrester right now, hes acting like his mothers son. Brooke is stunned. She looks to Ridge for support and cant believe hes letting Taylor talk to her this way. Ridge doesnt do it. He tells her he will now allow his son to be railroaded. Brooke is shocked. She talks about how Thomas tried to kill Rick. Thomas speaks up and says if he wanted Rick dead, hed be dead. He just wanted to send a message. Rick is angry and says what about if he decides to send him another message. This time he could end up dead. He gets in Thomas face and says theres no way hes being hired. He glares at Ridge and tells him dont even think about going behind his back. He walks out.
After hes gone, Taylor says Rick acts like he owns the company. Brooke sarcastically says hes just the president. Taylor reminds her Eric thinks its a good idea. Brooke doesnt like Taylors attitude. Taylor lets her know shes just protecting her son, which Brooke should understand. Brooke throws in how Thomas would be in jail if it wasnt for her son. Taylor mockingly asks Brooke if shes back to using the blackmail card. Brooke says its just a fact. Ridge backs Taylor up by reminding Brooke this was just another tactic on Ricks part to use Steffy. Rick didnt do it out of the goodness of his heart. Taylor appeals to Ridge to follow his mind. He has to look out for his son. The Logans have basically taken over the company. His mother is gone. Donna and Rick are basically running the company. She says under her breath to Ridge, they cant allow this to continue. Brooke looks taken aback by Taylors speech.
On the roof, Marcus continues to warn Steffy about staying away from Rick. She assures him she can take care of herself, where Rick is concerned.
Rick approaches Marcus and Steffy. He asks if he can speak to Steffy for a moment. Marcus is very protective and tells him to knock himself out. Rick wants to speak to her alone. Marcus doesnt want to leave. Steffy pats his shoulder and tells him its okay. Marcus gets in Ricks face and tells him its over, which he knows Steffy will reiterate to him. Marcus tells him its in his best interest to let Steffy be. He walks away.
Once theyre alone, Rick tells Steffy its amazing how Marcus talks to the president of the company. She tells him he wont do anything to Marcus or her. She wants to know what he could possibly want to talk about.
In Erics office, Taylor continues to present her case to Ridge. She tells him Felicia and Thorne should at least have promotions and Stephanie should be there. Thomas can design. Brooke is frustrated and cuts her off, asking Thomas to leave them alone to talk. Thomas doesnt want to, saying its his life theyre deciding. His father convinces him to let him handle it. Thomas leaves.
Taylor tells Brooke she really doesnt see Thomas as a threat. If that was true, she would have bodyguards there for Rick. The real reason she doesnt want Thomas to work there is because hes their son. Brooke looks surprised at the accusation. She glances at Ridge, who looks somewhat surprised at this thought.
Brooke cant believe they really expect her to let Thomas work there, after what he tried to do to Rick. Ridge says Thomas was pushed to his limit. Brooke cant believe Ridge is trying to justify Thomas actions. Taylor defends her son, saying its no more than what Rick has done. Hes lied and manipulated everyone, plus look at how he talks to Ridge. Ridge cuts the two women off. He tells Brooke, Rick works there and so will Thomas. Brooke says she cant accept this. Ridge tells her he insists. His cell phone rings. He takes the call and advises the ladies he has to go to a meeting. He wants to know if he can leave the two of them alone. Taylor says she has nothing to add. Brooke pointedly says she does. Ridge looks wary. He tells Brooke to keep it civilized. He leaves.
Soon as hes out the door, Brooke announces to Taylor their marriage is not in danger. Taylor takes it in stride and says okay. Brooke realizes Taylor is out of the closet about her feelings for Ridge. Taylor counters back to her, if she would get past her denial of Rick, they could all have better mental health. Brooke says shes aware of Ricks shortcomings. Taylor is astonished at how lightly Brooke views what Rick has done. She reminds her of the severity of what happened to Phoebe and almost Steffy. She says its been Ricks goal to destroy Ridge and his mother sees it as shortcomings. Brooke looks a bit stricken at the truth in Taylors words.
Steffy casually pours herself some tea. Rick wants to let her know hes come to some realizations about himself. Steffy tells him shes really not interested and tries to brush him off. He understands her attitude. He just wants her to hear him out. Steffy tells him to make it quick. He tells her she was right to break up with him. He admits Ridge saw through all his ploys. He tries to convince her he was sincere with his whole Jackie M scam. He was crazy in love with her. Rick tells her to give him some credit. He was desperate to be with her. Steffy isnt buying it. She cant believe he would steal his own companys designs to give to the competition for what purpose. Rick admits he didnt think the whole thing through. Steffy laughs it off. She cant believe Rick would think they could have just lived happily ever after over at Jackies. Rick looks at her seriously and asks what if it had happened. They would be over there now and none of this would have ever happened. Steffy looks at him without an answer.
In Erics office, Brooke accuses Taylor of using her kids to make inroads with Ridge. Taylor nonchalantly drinks her coffee. She tells Brooke she sounds paranoid. Brooke accuses her of working with Stephanie. She says Taylor is acting more like Stephanie every day. Taylor thanks her and takes it as a compliment. Brooke didnt mean it that way. Taylor just wants her son to have his birthright. Brooke says with some venom Thomas wasnt entitled considering he committed some felonies. Taylor tells her some of the things Rick did were probably felonies too. Its a double standard. She tries to get Brooke to admit whats the real problem. Brooke figures out Taylor is referring to her insecurities about her. Taylor feels confident she and Ridge have gotten closer over all this mess with Rick. Brooke tells her they share a daughter that was wronged by her son and thats all. Its almost laughable if she thinks theres more. Taylor is very calm and tells Brooke she doesnt see her laughing. Brooke feels Taylor is a pest. She just needs to accept shes not going to get close to Ridge. If she doesnt, shell be depressed and start hitting the bottle again. Taylor is amazed at Brookes low blow. Brooke goes on about how she and Ridge are fighting to keep this company ahead. They love the challenge and Taylor is nothing like that. She knows Taylor would love to be Mrs. Ridge Forrester, but its not going to happen. She dismissively tells Taylor to give it up and just go home. Taylor listens to Brookes tirade with a knowing expression.
On the roof, Rick isnt giving up. He thinks he could make Steffy forget what he said on the recording. Steffy is strong. She tells Rick he was good for some laughs in the past, but its over. He had a different agenda than she did. Shes thought long and hard about it. She does think about the good times, but shes moved on. She tries to give him the ring back. He refuses. He tells her to use the money to do something nice for herself. She counters that she did by letting go of him. Now, shes free. Rick is surprised by the finality of her words. He tries to get her to remember the first time they kissed. Hes referring to the time she slapped him. He loves a woman that presents a challenge. A strong woman, who knows what she wants, is very attractive to a man. He knows its too late. He realizes he was never really worthy of her. He has learned from this experience. If hes ever lucky to be with a woman like her in the future, shell know how special she is and he loves her. Hell mean every word of what he says to her. Steffy listens and is somewhat affected by his words.
In his office, Ridge finishes up his business call. He sits back in his chair and twists his wedding ring around. He looks deep in thought. He thinks about Brooke and says they have to get through this.
Still in Erics office, Taylor has had enough of Brookes badgering. Brooke feels Taylor is just trying to drive a wedge between her and Ridge. Taylor tells her she must really feel Ridge is stupid. Brooke thinks Ridge has a soft spot for Taylor. She is the mother of his children. Brooke wishes Taylor had just stayed out of the whole thing. They could have handled the Rick and Steffy problem. Taylor laughs and says they would have been married. Brooke doesnt see how this would have been so bad. Taylor casually strolls over and perches on Erics desk. She tells Brooke thats the difference between them. She does whats best for her children and not for herself. Brooke laughs this off. She thinks Taylor is very transparent. Having Thomas work there would get her foot in the door. She tells Taylor she should wear a sign announcing how shes a loser without Ridge. Taylor tells her she should be wearing a sign saying clingy and afraid of losing my man. Brooke is angry and says shes not afraid of losing her man. Taylor says if this was true, Brooke would support her husbands son working there. The only reason Brooke doesnt like it, is because its Taylors son too. Brooke lets loose. She tells Taylor shes pathetic and should go home with her little fantasies. She knows she dreams of running into Ridges waiting arms. Its never going to happen. When she and Ridge said their vows on the beach, it was forever. Taylor stands up and announces to Brooke whatever she says, there is no marriage. Brooke stands with her mouth open, like Taylor has lost it.
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