The Bold and The Beautiful Transcript Thursday 7/17/08

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Felicia: Hey. I don't have a lot of time, so just tell me what I need to know. You took Donna home last night. Did you make a move? What happened?

Owen: Felicia, there really isn't that much to tell.

Felicia: My father has changed his plans, and he's coming back today. Do you have anything?

Owen: I don't have any incriminating photos, if that's what you're asking. But she's starting to open up to me.

Felicia: I want you to split up their marriage, not become her shrink.

Owen: She admitted to being hurt that your father didn't take her to New York. But she doesn't blame him. She blames Ridge.

Felicia: But she sounds like she's becoming disenchanted. This is a good thing.

Owen: She's not becoming disenchanted with your father. She loves him a lot. She'd have to to put up with the way your family's been treating her.

Ridge: My dad didn't give you any idea how his trip was going?

Donna: Eric and I had more important things to talk about.

Ridge: Hmm. Well, I know my father, and if the buyers were, uh, happy about the collection, he'd be dying to tell you about it.

Donna: He decided to come right back. He should be here any minute. So when he gets here, why don't you just ask him? I mean, if you're right and--and it didn't go well, you certainly cannot blame me.

Ridge: I didn't ask Dad not to take you on this trip, Donna.

Donna: No. No, you just gave him a million reasons not to.

Brooke: It was a prudent decision, Donna. (Door opens)

Donna: Honey bear.

Eric: Hey.

Donna: Hi. I missed you.

Eric: (Chuckles) I missed you.

Donna: Mmm.

Brooke: How was New York?

Ridge: Your meeting with the European buyers?

Eric: They were very complimentary.

Donna: Well, that's good.

Eric: Yeah.

Ridge: Compliments are good. Orders are better. Did you get any?

Eric: Not as many as I would have liked. Their clients are reluctant to place any large orders.

Ridge: So then the trip was a bust.

Eric: I didn't say that.

Donna: Ridge, you can't expect every collection to be a blockbuster. I mean, there are other factors-- changing trends, the economy. He--he's blaming everything on me.

Eric: You gotta stop doing that, Ridge. We can't blame Donna for everything that's wrong with this company.

Ridge: Dad, the drop in sales can be directly linked to the announcement of your marriage. Now I don't want to argue about this because it's not worth it, not when the problem can be so easily solved.

Eric: So you have a solution, do you?

Ridge: Brooke and I are getting married.

Eric: Oh, well, that's wonderful.

Donna: Well, it's about time.

Brooke: (Laughs)

Eric: Good for you. Good.

Brooke: Thank you.

Donna: (Laughs)

Eric: But how is that a solution for our problems around here? You're not gonna plan another big public wedding, are you?

Ridge: Maybe so. I'm also planning an emergency board meeting tomorrow. I'm gonna ask that a very significant decision be made. I want you to turn over control of Forrester Creations to Brooke and me.

Felicia: Donna is not the victim here.

Owen: Well, she's not really looking much like a villain either.

Felicia: Says you, a guy who's known her, what, maybe a few days?

Owen: Well, that means I can be objective.

Felicia: It means you can do what you agreed to do.

Owen: I can try. I don't know if this plan is gonna work. Donna hasn't given me a second look.

Felicia: Yet.

Owen: Trust me, I know when a woman is interested.

Felicia: Trust me. She's married, okay? She has to be discrete. She can't just come right out and jump your muscles. You have to create an opportunity.

Owen: Look, I'm not a magician. I can't just create something out of thin air. She's not a bad person, Felicia. I know you don't want to hear that, but just look at how she's welcomed Marcus into the family.

Felicia: Of course, she welcomed Marcus in. She needed one more person on her side. Should I add you to that list?

Owen: All I'm saying is that you and your family see Donna one way, but I'm seeing something different.

Felicia: You won't be seeing a red cent unless you get your head back in the game.

Owen: I only get paid if Donna turns out to be the type of woman that you think she is. And I'm telling you that is not the feeling that I get.

Felicia: I know what you're feeling, Owen. What is it with that woman? Two seconds with a guy, and they go gaga. It happened to my brother, my father. And my father knows that she's not right for him. He's even admitted that he still loves my mother. And yet none of that seems to matter.

Owen: Maybe it doesn't. Maybe you would hate any woman that comes between your parents.

Felicia: You know, this is just temporary. It's going to end.

Owen: Then why are you trying so hard to break them up?

Felicia: Because my mother is in pain, Owen, and the company is faltering. And every day that my father and Donna are together, it just gets worse. Look, I'm sorry. You said that you could help me do this. You said you could help me fix it. If you can't do that, I'll find another way.

Eric: So we're back to, uh, we're back to square one. You're still looking for a reason to kick me out of the company.

Ridge: We're trying to save the company, Dad.

Eric: Well, thank you, Ridge. I appreciate the warning that I'm gonna be ambushed tomorrow.

Brooke: This is not an ambush, Eric.

Ridge: Think of it as a passing of the torch, Dad, from one fashion super couple to another.

Donna: You're talking about Eric and Stephanie.

Brooke: Well, they are icons in this business. They started this company. They set the standards, the ideals.

Donna: Standards and ideals that Stephanie accused you of destroying. Now, what, suddenly, you and Ridge are the--the standard?

Brooke: Ridge and I have a following. People feel like they know us. So if we get married and we're running the company, it's gonna generate a lot of excitement.

Donna: (Scoffs)

Ridge: This is more than just a marketing issue. A little good press would help. But we have to make a dramatic change... now, while it'll still make a difference. The longer we wait, Dad, the harder it's gonna be to turn this around.

Donna: Eric, listen to me. Please don't let Ridge make you feel inadequate or ashamed of our relationship.

Ridge: You know it's made a difference, Dad. You talked to the buyers in New York. They wouldn't say it to your face, but you knew.

Donna: It's a period of transition.

Ridge: We don't have time for your period of transition, Donna. In this economy, you have to be at the top of your game every quarter, every collection. We've gotta stop this downward spiral, Dad, before it's too late.

Eric: What's this?

Ridge: It's a document gifting the company to Brooke and me. We'll tell the press it was a wedding present. The end of one era, the beginning of a new.

Donna: You can't force your father to sign that document.

Brooke: Donna, it's for the best.

Ridge: Brooke and I will take care of ownership and operations. We'll dole out the minority shares to the rest of the family.

Brooke: Everybody will be taken care of-- your children, your grandchildren.

Donna: And he's gonna leave that up to you, the two people who forced him out of his own company?

Ridge: Have your lawyers take a look at it. It's very fair.

Donna: No. No, it's not fair. Yes, sales are down. And, yes, the bottom line doesn't look as healthy as it did a few years ago, but transportation costs, raw material, overhead-- they've all gone up. Oh, don't look so surprised, Ridge. I've done my research, because I care about this company, too. But unlike you, I care about your father more. Can't you see what this is doing to him? Blaming everything on our marriage-- it's--it's unfair. It's--it's wrong. You don't deserve to be treated like this.

Eric: No, I don't, and neither do you, which is why we will not be discussing this at some family meeting tomorrow. We'll settle this now, here between the two of us, just Ridge and me, alone.

Felicia: You don't want to be the bad guy.

Owen: We're not talking about me. I'm telling you about Donna.

Felicia: You're telling me that you can't hold up your end of the bargain.

Owen: She's not in to me.

Felicia: I didn't ask you to make her fall in love with you. I'm just asking for one little incriminating photo.

Owen: So you can destroy her marriage to your father.

Felicia: So that he can go back with my mother where he belongs, where they are both happy.

Owen: Donna and your father are happy.

Felicia: And you know this because you've spent so much time around the two of them?

Owen: Look, I won't tell anybody about the money, and I won't tell them what you asked me to do.

Felicia: You snake. You played me, Owen Knight.

Owen: No, you came to me, Felicia Forrester.

Felicia: No, I did not. I gave you access, okay? I brought you in to do a job, a very specific job.

Owen: There are other things that I can do.

Felicia: Not for me.

Owen: (Sighs) Well, I'm sorry...

Felicia: (Scoffs)

Owen: That I can't do what you want.

Felicia: Unbelievable. I was right. You've got the hots for Donna.

Owen: Donna is devoted to your father. She's not going anywhere. And the sooner you and your family accept it, the better.

Donna: This is not happening. Yeah, I-I can't believe you're going along with this, Brooke.

Brooke: My God, Donna, you're acting like this is something evil.

Donna: It's not? Ridge is trying to take the company away from his father. Please, can't you do something? I mean, he listens to you. Try to talk him out of this ridiculous plan.

Brooke: I can't. I helped him come up with it.

Eric: I'm disappointed, Ridge.

Ridge: I will be, too, if you don't sign that paper.

Eric: Give you control of my company.

Ridge: Give me the ability to turn this around.

Eric: You've tried this before.

Ridge: But this time, Dad, it's going to happen. .

Donna: You're in on this? You helped plan this?

Brooke: (Sighs) Ridge and I are trying to put this company back on solid footing.

Donna: By ripping it out from under Eric?

Brooke: No, it's not a unilateral decision. We want Eric to be on board, and he probably will be once Ridge gets a chance to explain.

Donna: No, Ridge wants to--to put the blame on us, our marriage. But there's so much more involved.

Brooke: Well, we all work here. We're all a part of it. But research suggests--

Donna: That--that it's me. My God, he--he turned you against me, too.

Brooke: No, no, it's not like that.

Donna: Yes. Yes, it is. But he's not gonna give in to this pressuring, Brooke.

Brooke: Donna, it's a good plan. Our wedding gives Forrester a good opportunity. We'll have a sympathetic spotlight, a barrage of positive press. And it's a great time to take over leadership. Eric is not gonna be pushed out of the way.

Donna: But that's exactly what's happening.

Brooke: He will be able to retire with dignity. And there won't be any whispers about you or the impact that your marriage has on this business.

Donna: No. No, this is about what it's always about-- you and Ridge. Well, he is in for a big letdown because Eric is not the same person he was when he married Stephanie. He knows who he is. He knows what he wants. And he's certainly not gonna let somebody manipulate him. My God, this--this company is his heart and his soul. His very talent built it. And he has so many good years to come yet. I mean, maybe--maybe the best in his career. And for you to try to rip it away from him, Brooke, especially his own son, it's just wrong.

Ridge: Dad, please hear me out.

Eric: Look, I've heard enough, Ridge.

Ridge: I'm proposing an amicable, dignified solution here. Pam, we're in the middle of something.

Pam: I brought this for your father, Ridge. I bring him a treat every day at this time.

Eric: Oh, good.

Ridge: Look, this is very important. Do you mind?

Pam: Um, you have an important phone call, Eric.

Eric: Pierre from Toulon?

Pam: Oui.

Eric: Good. Good.

Pam: (Laughs)

Eric: Thank you. Mmm. I love these. I have one every day. Let me have some pleasure out of this meeting, all right? Pierre, Eric. Yes. Hello. Well, thanks for calling me. I've been waiting for this. Well, what ab-- what do you think-- I see. No, no, I quite, uh, I quite understand. It's, um, difficult times out there. Yes, all right. Well, thank you. And I'll let-- I'll let production know. I appreciate your call. Good-bye.

Ridge: That call, I take it, that wasn't what you wanted to hear.

Eric: His order is like 30% less than last season.

Ridge: Dad, listen to me. It's gonna be all right. I can fix this. Brooke and I can turn this around. This is what I've worked for my entire life. This is why you brought me into this business. Sitting in that chair as a very young boy, barely big enough to even look across the desk-- what did you say to me? You said, "One day this will all be yours." Up until now, we've shared it. That's been one of the greatest joys of my life, Dad. But now-- now it is time for a change.

Ridge: Dad, aren't you tired of this? Aren't you tired of the grind from day to day, the constant stress and struggle and uncertainty from collection to collection?

Eric: That's the nature of the business, Ridge. It's what I love about it.

Ridge: But it's not the only thing you love. It's not the only thing in your life anymore. You've got Donna. You're a newlywed. Don't you want to just go off somewhere and enjoy life with her?

Eric: Well, isn't that a little disingenuous coming from you?

Ridge: Donna is Brooke's sister. I have a different relationship to all this than Thorne and Felicia.

Eric: (Sighs)

Ridge: It's a little more complicated for me. But my vision of this company, Dad, is very, very clear. Brooke and I are ready for this. Under our leadership, this company will thrive. Brooke and I will make you very proud, Dad.

Ridge: You'll benefit from what we accomplish, as well. The whole family will, actually, even the Logans. Both families represented and taken care of. And that--that frees you up to dedicate more of your energies to your new bride, to travel, to play golf, to enjoy life. And God knows you deserve that.

Eric: So that's what you want for me? A wonderful relaxed life with Donna?

Ridge: Dad, I'm not trying to run you out of this company. I would never do that. I'm merely suggesting you take a rather well-deserved step back. Wouldn't you rather enjoy the success of this company from a comfortable lounge chair in Tahiti, rather than having to come in here and fight the battles day after day? Do you want to subject Donna to that, to the negative press, the stress with the family? And it's only gonna get worse as you see the sales continue to drop. Dad, you've seen it yourself, the way the buyers treated you in New York. Am I right? They were as pleasant as they could be, but you knew. And they're all tiptoeing around the fact that the Forrester family is in distress. And as a result of that, this business of ours is in distress. That's the truth. That's undeniable. And the only remedy for this, Dad, is for you to pass the baton to me. You have to do it. The time is now, Dad. It has to be done.

Donna: God, what's going on in there? Why hasn't he come out?

Brooke: There's a lot to discuss.

Donna: There is nothing to discuss. He's not giving up the business, no matter how hard he pressures him. (Whispers) God, don't do it, Eric.

Eric: (Sighs heavily) Okay.

Ridge: (Exhales)

Ridge: Thank you, Dad. You're doing the right thing. You won't regret this. I will not let you down.

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