The Bold and The Beautiful Transcript Wednesday 4/23/08

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Brooke: I don't mean to undermine you.

Rick: You just told the woman that I love not to marry me.

Brooke: Marrying Taylor would be a mistake for both of you.

Rick: No, Mom, marrying Taylor would just make you really uncomfortable.

Brooke: This isn't about me.

Rick: The hell it isn't. Mom, if this didn't affect you, you wouldn't have a damn thing to say about it. Taylor, please, don't let her get into your head. Do not let her talk you into saying "no" to me.

Taylor: Rick, Rick, you know I care about you. You are very important to me, okay? I just regained custody of my baby. This is one of the happiest days of my life. I don't really want to stand here arguing with your mother. I just want to--let's go home.

Rick: Okay. Well, let's--let's go get Jack.

Taylor: Um, would you mind, though, if I went and I--and I did that on my own? Is that okay?

Rick: Oh, yes, of course, completely.

Taylor: Okay, so I'll meet you at the house?

Rick: Well, yeah, if you want me there, there's no place I'd rather be.

Taylor: (Chuckles)

Taylor: Uh, think about what I said, Brooke. Think about your own family. Get your priorities straight.

Brooke: Damn it. (Exhales deeply)

Katie: So I know you were hoping that Storm would be able to draw up those papers tonight.

Nick: Tomorrow's fine.

Katie: Okay. Are you all right? Are you worried about sending Jack home with Taylor?

Nick: No. What I'm worried about is your brother. I heard what he said to you. Is it true? Did he shoot Stephanie and frame your old man for it? Is Storm the shooter?

Katie: Yes, but, Nick, you can't say anything.

Nick: Oh, okay. Just curious how Ashley Abbott would feel if she knew the truth. (Soft jazz music playing)

Ridge: He confessed. He shot my mother and then set his own father up to take the fall.

Storm: I hope you're thinking about me.

Ashley: Ohh.

Storm: I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I-I guess I should have knocked, but the patio door was open. (Sighs)

Ashley: What are you doing here, Storm?

Storm: Uh, right, um, well, we didn't finish our conversation at the lab, and I just wanted to tell you that there's, uh, some things you need to know about me, Ashley. The first one is... (sighs) when I care about somebody, I can't give up on them. And I'm not giving up on you.

Ridge: Hey, Logan.

Brooke: Hi. Thanks for putting the kids to bed.

Ridge: They wanted me to call you so that they could say "Good night." I figured your cell phone was probably off in the courtroom. That's where you were, right, Taylor's hearing? How'd it go?

Brooke: (Sighs) Taylor regained custody. She's over at Nick's right now picking up Jack.

Katie: (Sighs) Look, I-I know this must come as a shock to you, but this is my family's secret. So-- (doorbell rings)

Taylor: Is Jack ready? I'm here to take him home.

Storm: Oh, I'm so sorry. You're not wearing your earrings. Actually, you're not wearing much of anything. (Chuckles)

Ashley: I was just in the hot tub, trying to unwind a little bit.

Storm: Yeah, yeah, I've had a pretty stressful day myself, actually.

Ashley: So I was gonna head up and, um, take a shower, you know, go to bed.

Storm: You're not waiting up for Abby? Is she at a friend's house or in Genoa city with her father?

Ashley: You know, I'm not--I'm not comfortable having this conversation with you right now.

Storm: Something's wrong, huh?

Ashley: Well, yeah, you kind of freaked me out when you snuck up on me.

Storm: Well, you're lucky it was me. Anybody could have just, uh, come in off the beach.

Ashley: Yeah, you're--you're right. So I'm gonna make sure and lock the door as soon as you go.

Storm: Yeah, Ashley, first there's something I need to tell you, something you already may know about me.

Taylor: Have you thought about the visitation schedule?

Nick: Storm is gonna draw up some papers, and we can work on the details later. Don't have to worry about it tonight.

Taylor: Don't have to worry about it? That's all I've been doing for the last few months since he was born. I don't know what it'll be like to not worry about anything. That'll be strange.

Nick: You know I never meant to keep you from Jack.

Taylor: No, I-I know you were just looking out for him.

Nick: And I'll always do that. So I-I have a question, if I may. What are your intentions with Rick?

Taylor: I don't know. All I do know is that whatever I'm doing with my life, it will never be detrimental to Jack. Raising that little boy and taking care of him is the most important thing to me. That's all that matters.

Taylor: I messed up, Nick-- our marriage.

Nick: (Sighs) Taylor, don't.

Taylor: No, I did, I did. I just--I don't want you to remember anything but just bad memories. I want you to remember the good part. If I had just been able to get past Brooke and her role in this whole thing. But I want to promise you that I'm not going to let anything interfere with me being a mother ever again. I just need to know that you believe that.

Taylor: I'm so sorry it ended like this.

Nick: Well, we are where we are. (Laughs) you know, we have a job now, and that's to be the best parents we can be to Jack, and the rest'll just take care of itself.

Taylor: Yeah. We'll raise him together, but in separate homes.

Katie: Look who woke up.

Taylor: (Gasps)

Nick: Hey.

Taylor: Oh, my baby.

Katie: There's your mommy. There you go.

Taylor: My beautiful, beautiful baby boy. Mmm. I missed you so much.

Ridge: Well, I'm glad Taylor got her son back. I know that's not what you want to hear. But if the courts see her fit enough to get custody, there's not a lot we can argue with.

Brooke: I want to see him, Ridge. I don't want to disappear from Jack's life.

Ridge: Logan, you won't.

Brooke: (Sighs) Well, I asked Taylor to consider it.

Ridge: I'll talk to her, too, if you think it'll help.

Brooke: Would you?

Ridge: Yeah, with Steffy and Phoebe not living at home anymore, there's not a lot of occasion for me to go over there. But with Taylor living alone with Jack, maybe she'd appreciate the, uh, company now and then.

Brooke: Unfortunately, I don't think that Taylor's going to be living alone in that house with Jack, and I don't think she's as fit as the courts think she is.

Ridge: Well, she's not drinking anymore. She's gettin' her life together, focusing on her son.

Brooke: Taylor and Rick are engaged.

Ridge: What?

Brooke: Rick asked Taylor to marry him.

(Party horn blows)

Taylor: (Chuckles)

Rick: Welcome home, Jack! (Laughs)

Taylor: Mmm.

Rick: Welcome home.

Taylor: Sweetie.

Rick: (Laughs)

Katie: Okay, well, thanks for taking care of that. All right, thanks. Bye. Sorry. It was the office. You know, Jack's gonna be okay.

Nick: I'm not worried about Jack. I wouldn't let him leave if I didn't think he was safe. Your brother, on the other hand-- do you think Ashley Abbott's safe with this guy on the loose?

Katie: Oh, come on, he's getting help. He's getting better. I-there's nothing to worry about.

Nick: What do you mean, there's nothing to worry about? What, are we blind here? He shot somebody. How do you think Ashley Abbott would feel if she knew the man she was dating was guilty of attempted murder?

Ashley: Whatever you have to tell me you can tell me tomorrow at work, okay?

Storm: No, no, Ashley, I've waited long enough. Please? Look, I don't want there to be any secrets between us, no--no holding back. Look, Ashley, um, I'm a flawed man. I did something a while back where I gave in to my rage, against my father and against the Forresters. You see, I had to just, um, I had to sit and watch while my family suffered at the hands of Stephanie Forrester. My father couldn't do anything to protect us because he had left us. And he left me to defend my sisters. It just--it broke my heart to see them getting humiliated over and over again, and I just... (laughs) believe me when I tell you I couldn't take it anymore. I had to do something. I had to do something to stop it. Now it wasn't anything I'd planned. It just happened. But I did see an opportunity to avenge my family against Stephanie Forrester and put my father in his place, so I took it. Ashley... (sighs) I picked up a gun, and I shot her. I was the one, Ashley. I was the one who shot Stephanie Forrester.

Ridge: This can't be true.

Brooke: (Scoffs) it is. Rick proposed.

Ridge: When?

Brooke: I don't know.

Ridge: And you just found this out?

Brooke: He stood up in court and announced it to everybody.

Ridge: Logan, this has gotta be some kind of ploy for the sake of the court. There's no way Taylor would have accepted. She can't.

Taylor: How many nights did I dream of this?

Rick: Is it everything you thought it would be?

Taylor: It's better because it's real.

Rick: Those are happy tears, right? (Laughs)

Taylor: It just breaks my heart how much time I wasted wrapped up in fear and pain and wasting precious moments like this.

Rick: Well, it's all behind you. You have your son back now.

Taylor: And that's the way it's going to stay. (Sniffles) nothing's coming between us ever again. Isn't that right, Jack?

Rick: Oh.

Jack: Aah.

Taylor: That's right. It's just--just us. That's right.

Rick: The three of us.

Taylor: You know, the three of us might not be sitting here right now if it hadn't been for you supporting me.

Jack: (Fussing)

Rick: Oh, no, I don't know about that.

Jack: Aah.

Rick: (Laughs) no, I-I believe that you would have gotten to this point with or without my help. I'm just happy that I'm here. I'm grateful that I'm here to witness this. It's such a beautiful sight.

Taylor: (Exhales deeply) Thank God he's so young. Hopefully, he won't remember any of this.

Rick: No...

Taylor: (Laughs)

Rick: Definitely won't. (Laughs)

Jack: (Cooing)

Taylor: I finally have what I really wanted-- just peace, just real peace without your mother's shadow hanging over my head.

Rick: (Laughs)

Taylor: What's so funny?

Rick: That-- what you just said about--about my mother.

Taylor: Um, your mother's interference in my life has hardly been anything, you know, funny.

Rick: No, I-I kn--I know. What--what--what I meant was is that, um, I don't think any other woman on the face of the planet has intimidated my mother more than you, except for maybe Stephanie or something.

Taylor: Me?

Rick: Yeah. Well, think about it. You're so--you're so smart, I mean, and talented, and--and you have so much love and--and compassion for people. People respect you.

Taylor: Yeah, saint Taylor, right?

Rick: Yeah. But you strip away the--the perfect veneer, and I think you're even more beautiful.

Taylor: Oh, I'm far from perfect.

Rick: Well, nobody's perfect, Taylor. Although, for the better part of my life, I thought you were.

Taylor: Well, I had a lot of people fooled. Now you know better.

Rick: (Scoffs) yeah. Hey, give me your hand. You know what I do know? Is how much I love you and how much I want you to be my wife.

Rick: Taylor, as happy as you are in this moment, you make me even happier, ten times happier.

Jack: Aah.

Rick: Will you marry me?

Ridge: She won't say "yes."

Brooke: I practically begged her not to. The way things look, it probably won't the most effective approach.

Ridge: She wouldn't marry him just to spite you. What am I saying? She's not going to marry him at all. This is absurd. He's our daughter's ex-boyfriend. If Phoebe found out Rick was involved, it would destroy her relationship with Taylor. She won't risk that.

Brooke: I hope you're right. For everyone involved, including Jack. If Taylor is going to be the mother to Jack she needs to be, she has to make healthy decisions and wise choices. Nobody knows that better than I do.

Ridge: Jack's going to be okay. So will Rick.

Brooke: I just always want -- he just always wanted to protect the women in his life. He's been like that since he was a little boy.

Ridge: Logan, this is not your fault. Rick came to Taylor in a very emotional time in her life, but she's got her son back now. Hopefully this isn't going any further.

Rick: Marry me, Taylor. Please say you'll marry me.

Taylor: Rick --

Rick: C'mon! Don't tell me you need to think about this.

Taylor: I do.

Rick: Well, because of what my mom said to you at the courthouse?

Taylor: Well, she did have a few points.

Rick: She thinks that you're just with me for revenge.

Taylor: Well, I can't deny I do enjoy watching her squirm.

Rick: Yes. I guess based on your history, I can't say I blame you. But, Taylor-- every time I look at you, and you look at me, I don't see a trace of vengeance in your eyes. Did you just say that you love me because you were putting on an act?

Taylor: No. I told you that it's real. I do love you, Rick.

Rick: Well, that's just not good enough for me. I want to be your husband.

Taylor: Well, any commitment you'd be making to me, you'd also be making to Jack.

Rick: I know this. Look, if you ask me if I'm ready to be this little guy's stepfather, then the answer is yes. And I'm not just being naive, all right? I understand full well that there's going to be opposition and complications and diversity, but that does not change the fact that I love you, and I want to make a life with you.

Taylor: And Jack.

Rick: Yes.

Taylor: And Thomas, and Steffy, and Phoebe.

Rick: Yes, yes, yes, and yes. A thousand times yes! Just say yes to me.

Taylor: Rick, I can't just make a decision like this, like, right now. I have to think about it. I have to talk to my family, especially my children, and especially Phoebe.

Rick: Okay. All right. You're right. I'll tell you what, I will hold on to this, and you take all the time you need. You talk to your family, you explain things to Phoebe, and when the time is right, I'm gonna put this ring on your finger, and you and Jack here and I will prove to the entire world that happily-ever-afters do not just happen in fairytales.

Katie: My brother's not a criminal.

Nick: I just heard him, and you confirmed it. He just hasn't been caught yet.

Katie: No, no. Stephanie had the police drop the case. She's let it go. Now let's not dredge all this up. It's over.

Nick: Katie, you're loyal to your brother, I understand.

Katie: No, you don't. You don't understand. You don't know what Storm has been through. You don't know how he's sacrificed for my sisters and for me. If anyone deserves a second chance, he does, and Stephanie has given it to him. Now, I know you're worried about Ashley, but you don't need to be. Storm would never hurt anyone he cares about.

Storm: So, uh, there you have it. My big-- my big secret. I shot Stephanie. You really don't seem that surprised.

Ashley: [laughs nervously] I-I just don't know what to say.

Storm: What do you mean, you don't know what to say? Of course you do. You know what to say because you already knew. You already knew because Ridge told you. Why-- why-- why are you playing these games with me, Ashley? Why--why are you lying to me? Didn't I tell you, I really hate it when people lie to me.

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