The Bold and The Beautiful Transcript Wednesday 5/17/06


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Stephanie: I know I don't deserve another chance. I know that. But if you'll give it to me, I promise you I'll make up for everything.

Nick: Come on. It's time to go.

Stephanie: I can drive you home. And if you're not too tired, we can have dinner.

Nick: We're done here. You hauled us back from Mexico. She's seen your son. He's doing better. I'm going to take her home.

Stephanie: You know, Nick, I've always found that Brooke was quite capable of speaking for herself.

Nick: Well, it's a little tough for anybody to get a word in with you around.

Brooke: It's okay, Nick. Maybe Stephanie and I should finish our conversation. We owe it to Ridge.

Jackie: I'd heard there's been an improvement.

Nurse: Yes. Yes, he's conscious, he's speaking. His vital signs are steady. But he's still weak.

Jackie: May I?

Nurse: Oh, of course. But don't stay long. He needs his rest.

Jackie: I'm glad that you're making a recovery, Ridge. Really, I believe that there is a lot left for you to do here. You've got a lot to give. Your children and Forrester Creations. I want you to get better. As do Brooke. And Nick. Ridge, Nick is your half-brother. I know that there have been some very serious differences between the two of you, but you can't doubt his concern for you. I mean, he brought Brooke home from Mexico because you needed her. I mean, not that she didn't want to be here. Your mother wouldn't have taken "no" for an answer, either. But the point is that you are making your recovery. And we are all pleased about that. No matter what the future brings.

Stephanie: You saved his life. And I will never be able to thank you enough.

Nick: There may be a few doctors and surgeon, and the entire medical staff that may have something to say about that.

Stephanie: You brought him back.

Nick: Oh, please. You don't believe that any more than I do.

Stephanie: I saw it with my daughter when she was dying. I put her baby in her arms, and I saw what happened. And I saw the same thing today, when you spoke to Ridge.

Nick: No! No! This is not about Ridge. This is not about Felicia. It's not about Brooke. It's about you and your guilt, because your son keeled over, because you chased her away! Now you want to bring her back to make him happy. Why don't you just go on a cruise or something?

Brooke: Nick, please. Stop.

Stephanie: You and Ridge are meant to be together.

Brooke: Stephanie! How many times did I tell you that I wanted your support in our relationship? I begged you! I pleaded for that! And all you did was strip away my dignity and my self-respect piece by piece!

Stephanie: I was wrong.

Brooke: Even if you are telling the truth, I'm not sure I could believe you. I've let my guard down so many times with you. And I've always lived to regret it.

Stephanie: I understand, I understand! I promise you, I will never do that again.

Brooke: That's because I'm not going to go there again. I love this man. I love Nick and I am going to have a future with him. I am going to have a family with him. Everything I have ever wanted, I found in Nick.

Stephanie: Your destiny is with my son.

Brooke: And I could have had all of that with Ridge, if you never interfered! You have a wonderful job. And you have your precious, precious son. And you're going to have a great life ahead of you. But it's going to be a life without me.

[Ridge dreaming]

Brooke: Ridge! Ridge! Yes, it's me!

Ridge: Logan --

Brooke: It's your Logan! I'm right here! I'm right here.

Ridge: Brooke?

[Ridge remembering]

Stephanie: Honey, I was wrong to keep you and Brooke apart. To deny you the one thing that you wanted most in this world. You said I took your life from you. Well, now, I'm giving it back.

Stephanie: Yes, Sally. Yes, yes. He's going to pull through this. Thank you, Sally. I need you to put a press conference together for tomorrow at the office. Well, I want to make a statement, actually, about his health. But more than that, I want you to let them know something's going on. Something -- something big is going to go on. All right? I can't go into it right now. Thanks, Sal. Okay. Just take care of everything for me. Thank you.

Jackie: The nurse told me I could find you in here. Is this your new office?

Stephanie: Hello, Jacqueline. Something I can do for you?

Jackie: I'm here to talk some sense into you, Stephanie.

Stephanie: I didn't know you had any to spare.

Jackie: Look, Ridge is doing better. That's good. But he's not exactly out of the woods yet.

Stephanie: Your point?

Jackie: You drug Nick and Brooke back from their Mexican vacation to convince Ridge that Brooke still loves him. That she's going to go back to him. Well, she's not. She's with Nicky. They're going to be married. And for you to let Ridge think anything else, to give him false hopes -- I mean, who knows what kind of damage you're going to do to him?

Stephanie: Funny, about people. How they always think they're going to marry certain people. And then it just doesn't work out. You and Eric, for instance. What happened there?

Jackie: You used your dying daughter to sink your teeth into Eric. But it's not going to work with Nicky.

Stephanie: Is that why you're standing in Ridge and Brooke's way? Is that why you're interfering here?

Jackie: You don't even like Brooke! You've done everything in your power to destroy her. I've seen the pain you've inflicted on her, year after year. Is that why you want her back? Because you've lost your scapegoat. Well, poor Stephanie. Well, she's not going to come back, Stephanie. She's not. She's safe with Nicky. And you're not going to drag her back into your insanity, because I won't let it. And neither will Brooke's father.

Brooke: The kids like the souvenirs we got from the hospital gift shop?

Nick: Yeah. They'll never know we didn't get 'em from Mexico.

Brooke: I'm glad we came back.

Nick: Yeah. I missed the kids a lot.

Brooke: Yeah. But, I mean, I'm glad we came back for Ridge. I mean, if something happened and he died --

Nick: Brooke, he didn't die.

Brooke: I know, but if -- if I didn't do something and I could have --

Nick: No, no. Don't tell me I'm hearing this, please. Don't tell me that you're buying into Stephanie's pitch like this. Please tell me that's not the case here.

Brooke: No, I know. I know it sounds crazy. But she was right about one thing. Ridge did need me. He felt my presence in the room. And he woke up. I really made a difference, Nick. I did.

Nick: Okay. I'm glad. I am. I'm glad that he's doing better. I'm glad Stephanie has her son. I don't want you to be part of it. I don't. I don't trust this woman. I don't know what she's after.

Brooke: I don't know either. But she really did seem sincere. I mean, why would she say those things? I never expected that to come out of her mouth, not in a billion years. But did she really mean it? I mean, is she really sorry for what she did to me, and she wants to make it right?

Stephanie: Brooke's father? What does he got to do with her decisions? She doesn't even care about him, much less what he thinks. And nobody else cares about what he thinks. So if you'll excuse me.

Jackie: I've misunderstood you, Stephanie. For years, I've thought that you defined yourself by your children. No, actually, one child. Ridge. But I was wrong. You define yourself by Brooke. Yeah. For years, she's given you a reason to live, a purpose. I mean, what would you do if you didn't have Brooke to demean and humiliate? Who would you be? A word of advice -- please stop fighting Ridge's battles for him.

Stephanie: And you're not fighting little Nicky's battles for him? If you were so sure -- so sure that she was going to stay with your son, you wouldn't be in this room, would you?

Jackie: You're right. Brooke is vulnerable. But not to Ridge. To you. She's always wanted your love and your support and your acceptance. I mean, look at all the amazing things she's done for Forrester Creations. Did it ever occur to you once, who she was trying to please? Did you ever stop and say, "Brooke, thank you very much, you've really done some wonderful things here"? I am worried that she's going to fall for your smarmy gratitude. But worried that she's going to walk away from a man who loves her, from a mother-in-law who is going to support her and her father who wants only the best for her, to come back to you? Oh, god, not on your life!

Brooke: Nick, I really wish would talk to me about this. About Stephanie, all the things I just said.

Nick: I'm still choking on it. The fact that you think that this woman has changed. I'm telling you, her true colors are going show, you said so yourself.

Brooke: I know. It's true. That woman would walk through fire before she ever would admit that she was wrong. But you heard her, I mean, the things that she was saying to me. She wouldn't say those things, unless --

Nick: Brooke, so what? Even if they're true, what difference does it make?

Brooke: I've just worked so hard to hear those words.

Nick: Well, you want to be part of that family again? Is that what you're saying?

Nurse: Oh! His vital signs are strong. He's stabilizing.

Stephanie: Oh, wonderful!

Ridge: Is Brooke here?

Stephanie: Yes.

Ridge: Where?

Stephanie: What I mean is, she was here, honey. She went home. Went to take care of the kids. You know, she's had a long day, flying up from Mexico with Nick. Ridge -- I know you blame me for losing Brooke. And you were right.

Nick: Well, answer me. Do you want to be back in that family?

Brooke: I am with the man that I want to be with. But I want you to know everything that I'm thinking. And for so long, I wanted to hear those words that Stephanie said to me.

[Nick scoffs] I know it sounds crazy. I mean, why would I want S

Brooke: Stephanie's acceptance, when all she's ever done to me is hurt and abuse me? I worked so hard and she just hated me. And when I finally gave up any hope of any acceptance from her, she comes to me and says that she wants me to be her daughter. And she told me she was wrong. She looked at me with so much warmth, so much care. You have to understand, I've been craving that from the moment that I met her. So you might see how intoxicating that would be, right? If she just said those things to me years ago, everything would different now.

Nick: Well, yes it would. One thing for sure, you wouldn't be here with me.

Brooke: And I am exactly where I want to be.

Nick: You sure about that?

Brooke: Yes I am. I am so sure about that. The Forresters are a part of my past. And you are my future. You are my everything.

Stephanie: I don't expect you to forgive me just because I brought her back. I mean, look, how many years -- how many years did you beg me to see her through your eyes? And all I ever did was push her away and push her away and push her away. If had accepted her, who knows how different our lives might have been? Honey, when we were arguing, you said to me, "Mother, you have taken my life from me." I didn't realize that at the moment. But I do now. And you were right. But I'm going to get it back. I'm going to get it back for you. I don't love her. I can't lie about that. I can't change my feelings overnight. But I do understand something. I understand now. You love her. And I'm going to support that, Ridge. I should have supported it all of these years. If she comes back to you -- I mean, when she comes back to you, I will welcome her with open arms as though she were my own flesh and blood. I promise you.

Ridge: Who are you? And what have you done with my mother?

Stephanie: She's been gone for a long time, but she's back now. Forgive me. Forgive a foolish, old woman who -- forgive her jealously and her hatred and her anger. And just let her make it right for you. I'll get her back for you. I promise. I promise.

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