The Bold & The Beautiful Update Wednesday 12/31/14
Written By Anthony
Pictures By Juanita
Ridge is trying to make sense of Rick trying to keep his marriage to Caroline. Rick will not touch her and does not like kissing her at home. Caroline looks sad. Ridge wonders if he has attempted to touch her. Caroline explains that he is too tired and overworked. Ridge thinks that that shouldnt be an excuse after a day or two.
Rick thinks it is too bad that Maya was not with him for his meeting with Eric. He thinks that Eric is finally going to be on his side and sign the papers. Maya wonders why he didnt do that right away then. Rick thinks that Eric wants to read the fine print but he will sign. When he does, he will have all the control as CEO.
Carter explains to Eric that if he signs these papers, he will get all the power. Eric explains to him that it would be for one year only. Eric is about to go on a trip with his brother and would like to be able to enjoy himself without being worried. Carter understands that but reminds him that by doing this, he would lose complete control of the company and Rick would be the sole person overseeing everything. Eric understands the significance. Carter asks him then what he plans to do. Is he going to sign these papers?
Liam pops open a bottle of champagne. He notes that it is not midnight yet but they are bringing it in early. He would assume that in Australia, it is already January 3rd. Ivy sits down with two glasses and sarcastically says that they are indeed three days ahead of the US. Liam thinks the point is that New Years Eve has come and gone. Ivy thinks that she would still have friends at the club right now. Liam wonders if she would like to go to a club. Ivy is exactly where she wants to be for New Years Eve. She wonders why she would want to go to a club and not hear him speak and then drink watered down drinks. Liam would rather spend the night with her than five billion strangers. Ivy leans into Liam and he kisses her on the forehead. They both smile.
Eric walks around his living room. Carter knows that it would be nice to not have to worry about work while he is gone, but he can still do that without giving Rick all the control. Eric knows that Rick needs his confidence. Carter wonders if he even deserves his confidence. Eric thinks that he is speaking like a true friend of Ridge. He can only assume that Ridge has given him an earful when it comes to Rick. Eric explains that he should be smart enough to know that there are always two sides to every story. If he does sign this, it would be a good way to hand over the baton to Rick and Caroline. He always planned to do this; he just did not think it would be so soon. He asks if this is the right way to do it. He wants to show Rick that he values and trusts him.
Maya thinks that Eric will sign the papers. She just hopes that he does not take too long. Rick thinks that he will not be waiting long. He is going on vacation to Europe. Maya wonders if it is a quick trip. Rick does not think that it will be a very quick trip; he will probably be there a while. He was thinking that they would have the house to themselves for a while. Maya reminds him that Ivy and Aly still live there. Rick tells her that they can always be moved to one of the guest houses if they need to be. Caroline will not be around any longer though. Maya wonders if he means what she thinks he means. Rick is saying that she should pack her bags; they are moving on up. Maya starts to smile. The two of them kiss passionately.
Caroline thinks that it is pretty easy to understand. Rick cannot forget her involvement with him. She knows that he wants to but this is why he is keeping his distance. Ridge thinks that maybe there is something else. He doesnt think that it makes any sense. Caroline thinks that maybe tonight will be different. Caroline thinks that tonight will be the start of a new commitment. She is committed to her marriage.
Carter is going to take this contract back to the office and read over it. He wants to make sure that Eric and the company are protected. Eric wonders if that is really necessary. Eric does not think that there is anything underhanded going on here. Carter just wants to earn his paycheck. Eric decides that is probably for the best. It will give him time to figure out what he wants to do.
Ivy blows really hard on a horn and Liam freaks out a bit. Liam gets a text message from Caroline and he starts to laugh. Ivy asks if Liam has said anything to her about Rick and Maya. Liam does not think that it is his place. Ivy is glad because she thinks that if anyone if going to say anything, it will be her. Rick made it very clear that when she saw them kiss, it was just a good bye kiss. Ivy does not know what he is up to but she does not know how much longer she can keep it to herself.
Maya cannot believe she will be moving. She just got here. She thinks that this place rocks. Rick thinks that once they come out as a couple she will love it up there. He explains that they have a tennis court. Maya does not play tennis. Rick will teach her. He reminds her of the pool. Maya does know how to swim. Rick is going to take over the main house. Maya cannot wait. Rick explains that he is going to have to wait another day or so. Maya wishes that he could stay. Maya tells him to be careful tonight. Rick asks what she means. Maya reminds him that it is New Years Eve. Caroline is going to want to celebrate. Rick can handle Caroline. Maya hopes that he can because she does not want her anywhere near his CEO. She wishes him a happy New Year. She will be thinking of him when the clock strikes midnight.
Caroline walks into the pool house and asks if Rick is home. She closes the door to find that she is all alone. Caroline opens the bedroom door assuming that Rick is behind the door. He isnt. She frowns and someone knocks on the door. She opens it assuming that Rick forgot his keys. She find Eric at the door. Eric wonders if Rick is here. Caroline says he is not. Eric wonders if he can come in. Caroline says sure. Eric explains to her that Rick wants him to do something.
Carter finds Ridge at the office. Carter wonders what he is doing. Ridge is working. Carter reminds him that it is New Years Eve. Ridge wonders why he is here then. Carter will be going out but has to look over some documents for Eric. Ridge wonders what documents. Carter looks behind him and closes the door. He shows him the documents and explains that Rick had them drawn up. Ridge looks at them.
Ivy takes another drink. Liam thinks that he might need to cut her off. Ivy wonders if she is slurring. Liam is just trying to prevent a drunk phone call to Caroline. Liam thinks they have other things to think about tonight.
Maya takes a sip of wine and smiles. She had a daydream She thinks about living on top of the hill at the Forrester Mansion. She cannot believe that it only took one man to believe in all of this. Rick can run this company and live in this big house. He is happy to have a loyal wife who is committed and honest. Rick cannot imagine his life without her. Maya tells him that he will never have to. They kiss passionately Maya wakes up from her daydream and smiles.
Eric explains to Caroline that Rick would have absolute power for a year. He can at this point replace Rick any time that he thinks that it is necessary. Though with this Rick will be stuck as CEO for a year. Caroline asks if he would want to replace him. Eric does not. He thinks that Rick needs this. Rick tells him that they are a wonderful couple and that he wants the two of them to take over. Eric agrees. Eric wonders if everything is good between them. Rick shows up and explains that he picked up a bottle of the good stuff. Rick wonders if Eric would like to join them. Eric was just leaving. He just wanted to tell Caroline about the proposal. Caroline says that things are good, and she thinks that he will make an excellent CEO. Caroline believes in him one hundred percent. Eric smiles.
Ridge cannot believe this. Carter explains that Rick claims that he has proven himself at work and with Caroline. Carter thinks that they should face it, though. If Eric signs that, then Rick will not have to worry about Ridge trying to do anything. Ridge wonders what he is up to.
Ivy puts a hat on Liams head. Liam grabs some noisemakers. Liam is happy that the year is almost over. Ivy asks him to stop complaining about one of the best years of her life. Liam wonders if it really was one of the best years of her life. Ivy says yes. She moved to LA. She got her jewelry line, and she fell in love and went to Paris and Amsterdam. It has been an epic year. Fireworks start and Liam thinks it is midnight. Ivy says Happy New Year. Ivy wishes him one and they both kiss.
Ridge cannot believe that Eric plans to sign this. Carter thinks that if Caroline and Rick are really happy, that it would seem to be. Ridge wonders if they are really happy. Carter thinks that. Ridge thinks that Rick has a calculated move. Something is not right.
Rick gets into bed and calls Maya. Maya tells him that he should have been there. Maya explains that fireworks were so beautiful. Rick tells her that next year she will be watching them from backyard of the mansion. She can count on that. Maya hates how they have to pretend. Tonight will be the last night that they have to pretend, Rick thinks. Rick explains that Caroline is in the shower. Maya tells him not to give into her. Rick will not. Rick wishes him a happy New Year. He hangs up the phone and Caroline tries to wake Rick up. She is in a towel. She gets under the blanket and tries to wake him up. Caroline is sad and whispers Happy New Year to him.
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