The Bold & The Beautiful Update Thursday 1/12/06


Written By Wanda
Pictures by Boo

At Forrester, day after New Year’s, Brooke fires back at Stephanie to just go ahead beat her, bully her, she’s been used to her attacking her for years! Stephanie waves her off; she’s only been defending herself and her family. Brooke tells her not to take the higher ground here after what she did…..letting Ridge think he married a saint! Stephanie remarks that she IS a wonderful woman. But, Brooke preaches that she’s been having an affair with another man that Stephanie had helped cover up. Ridge knows it and she knows it, and that’s what Stephanie is scared of. Stephanie offers that the only thing she is scared of where Ridge is concerned is that Brooke will get her claws in him again. Brooke delights in saying that Taylor has been exposed; the secret is out. Stephanie counters with yes, she confessed; she told the truth, but Brooke points out only years and years too late! Stephanie says, “oh, puuuuuleze, Brooke, you’ve had your chance with him. He’s chosen her. He’s committed to THEIR family.” Brooke reminds her it used to be HER family. Stephanie says she did what she thought was right. Brooke counters with but she lied. At least she was always honest with Ridge (Stephanie laughs) and he thinks he has that relationship Taylor, but he doesn’t. Stephanie emphasizes that he did and he does, there is NO secrets between them. Brooke spouts to her that she’s right, Ridge’s eyes are opened now and he will never be manipulated again (famous last words). And neither will she. Stephanie doesn’t intimidate her anymore; her or St. Taylor. Not anymore. The truth is out and whatever happens with Ridge and Taylor….. will happen. She leaves and closes the door on a frustrated Stephanie.

At the beach house, Nick is holding Dominick while the two women, Felicia and Bridget sit on the couch. Felicia makes mention since they couldn’t come see her, she came there. Nick says Bridget won’t be bed-ridden too much longer. Bridget says her doctor tells her she should be able to carry to term. Then she wants to know how Felicia is? She admits there are a few more bad days every week, but today is all right. Dominick is fine and they are spending as much time as possible together. She takes Dominick from Nick. He tells her he’s glad she dropped by; they have a few surprises for her.

Stephanie is on the phone to Sally trying to track Ridge down. He walks in. She tells him she has been looking all over for him; she wants to talk to him. Not exactly in the friendliest of moods, he mutters – honesty…….. honesty, does she even know what that word means because it means a hell of a lot to him? She says yes, she knows what it means. He wants to know how she could do this? First, she lied to him about her heart attack and now he finds out his wife had an affair that she’s known about for years! She pooh-poohs the idea because it happened so looooooooong ago. He bellows that he doesn’t care what happened with James or with Hector. He could forgive a kiss or even one miserable night with James. She says good because forgiveness is the way past all of this. He motions with his arms that what he can’t forgive is the hypocrisy of it all…..and not just Taylor. He points at his mother and continues that if Brooke had done what Taylor did, she wouldn’t have kept it from him. She’d be out there throwing a parade right now. She begs to differ and asks him not to bring Brooke into this. It has nothing to do with Brooke. He barks to her, that’s where she is wrong. It has EVERYTHING to do with Brooke.

Brooke stops outside Taylor’s door and reflects. We see two much, much, younger women, Taylor and Brooke with Brooke confronting Taylor and telling her that she wants her to look her in the eye and tell her the truth that she didn’t make love with James. She’s not trying to stir up trouble for her and Ridge, but she’s more convinced than ever that Taylor is not being honest. Finally she walks in. Taylor is frantically shuffling through some papers on her desk. She looks up only long enough to see Brooke and waves her off; that whatever it is, she doesn’t have time for it. She does tell her that she told her she would talk to Ridge, and she did. Brooke asks – about Hector? Taylor adds among other things. Brooke remarks it must not have gone as good as she hoped. Taylor brushes her off by saying she is NOT going to talk to her about her marriage. Brooke takes that to be it really went badly. Taylor continues to give her the time of day by saying she is trying to deal with something (in the files). Brooke continues, that so did she. She stepped into Ridge’s life and helped him with her children. Then she and Ridge had a son and built a life together. Then Taylor came back and none of that mattered to her or to Stephanie. Taylor turns to her and says Ridge made a choice. Brooke asks if she thinks he would have made the same choice if he knew that she had slept with James Warrick?

Bridget tells Felicia that Dominick will need his own room there with them…..and they have one, it’s all nautical. Nick chides her that if Bridget hadn’t been so enthusiastic, she wouldn’t be bed-ridden now. Bridget explains that it was totally her fault for seeing a boat on the top shelf and climbing upon a chair. She should have called for Nick but Felicia must know how it is when you are used to doing things on your own. Nick remarks that it is called stubborn; “you Forrester women are stubborn.” Bridget declares she is fine now and the doctor said she should move around a little, so she wants to show Felicia the room. Nick whispers cutely to his son that they are stubborn, all stubborn. Trust him on this, okay?

Taylor is shocked and shows it. Ridge told Brooke? Brooke says she was surprised too. She would expect this sort of deception from Stephanie, but not from Taylor. She mentions that Taylor can’t even look at her because she is so ashamed…..and she should be. Putting herself out there as some sort of role model (she looks at the huge new Forrester logo poster with Taylor’s face on it)…..and everybody believed it; her and Ridge. Brooke mocks, ”Taylor Forrester……so elegant, so sophisticated, so refined….the psychiatrist, so admired, respected. ….loved by her family and children……living a life based on communication and truth…..You made me feel inferior every chance you got. You made me feel like a tramp; like I wasn’t good enough.” And she had to fight them for so many years, but it was never enough. “Because you were so PERFECT……well, you haven’t been so perfect, have you, Taylor?……Have you?!”

Stephanie argues with Ridge not to bring Brooke into this because he is angry with her (Stephanie). He repeats his same mantra; that it was her and Taylor that had been ganging up on Brooke for years. Stephanie tells him that woman has told more than her fair share of lies; she is NOT faultless. Sorely he says Stephanie sure wanted him to think Taylor was. She points out that is what he’s upset about; not how Brooke has been treated. He counters with that Brooke has been more honest with him than Stephanie and Taylor combined. He barks that he lived his whole life thinking Eric was his father, then he finds out Massimo is his father. She winces. And after Taylor came back, he continues, he had to make the biggest decision of his life… that affected his kids and the two women that he cared the most about. And Stephanie goes and turns the whole damn thing into a puppet act! He needed honesty and support and what does she do? Goes and fakes her heart attack! She tells him she has apologized and apologized for that. He smarts only because Brooke found her out. He offers that Stephanie knew Taylor betrayed him. She used Taylor’s perfect image to pressure him to leave his wife and kid. She reminds him he did make the right choice, but he counters with that right now, he’s not so sure!

Pointblank, he looks at her and says that she let him abandon his son for a woman that cheated on him. She reminds him that she did not drag the minister into her hospital room. That was his idea. He whines that she was dying, so of course, he thought that’s what she wanted. She gives in, touches her shoulders and says if he HAS to blame this, all of this on someone, then blame it on her. Sarcastically, he replies yeah, fall on her sword. That will make it all better. Stephanie tries to smooth it out by saying Taylor wanted to tell him a long time ago. She even wrote a letter, but it was Stephanie who kept it, “because I knew, I know how much you needed her in your life.” He states that he doesn’t want people in his life that lies. Stephanie reposts that it’s not in Taylor’s nature to lie. No, he retorts, it is more Stephanie’s nature. She tells him okay, maybe she hasn’t always done the right thing, but he knows why. “You BELONG with Taylor. You always have. I know you love her.” He remarks, “love her? I don’t even know who she is anymore!”

Brooke asks Taylor who does she think she is? Taylor responds by saying she never said she was perfect. Brooke tells her no, but Stephanie did and Taylor lapped it up. Knowing that she could do no wrong; at least none that she’d have to admit. Taylor points out that she tried to tell Ridge about her and James; she wrote Ridge a letter. She starts to explain about Stephanie, then halts and says she is not going to make excuses, not even to Brooke. She can’t help it, acting like she is better than Brooke says Brooke….she can’t even think about it. Because of living in her shadows, what Brooke has lost because of Taylor’s secrets. Taylor tells her she can not make excuses because there is no excuse for what she did, for not telling Ridge about her and James. She’s admitted that. Brooke points out that she had to pay for Taylor’s mistakes. She bought her hype; that pristine image. And when Ridge chose Taylor over herself, she asked herself why? Oh, because she’s a saint compared to her. Taylor tells her that Brooke has a history; she’s made mistakes too. Brooke retorts they are mistakes that she has paid for; mistakes that she has faced up to….unlike Taylor….and when she thinks of all the years that she felt inferior to Taylor and it’s all been just smoke and mirrors. “But today, your halo has been knocked off your head. Saint Taylor, the little angel, has been brought down to Earth. A mere mortal, once again.” Taylor scoffs.

After viewing the room (we don’t see), Felicia tells them she is stunned. It’s gorgeous and she loves it. Nick grabs Bridget from behind and nuzzles her. Felicia adds that it’s obvious that Dominick is comfortable there; he’ll love it. And it’s obvious that they love him already. Nick says they are ready to step up and help her more, if needed. Felicia is glad so she can enjoy this time with Dominick without worrying about the future. She’s almost crying when she says she just wishes he was older so he’d remember it. Right on cue, Nick picks up some videotaping equipment and tells her that is the second part of the surprise. Bridget beams that they thought it would be nice for her to have a chance to tape for Dominick; something special for him to always remembers her by…..the sound of her voice; little gestures she has. Felicia sniffs that she wouldn’t know where to begin. Nick suggests perhaps with just a hello and tell him about herself. She admits she knows where to start, just not where to stop. She has a million things to tell him, to teach him and you can’t cram that all in one tape. She wants to tell him how to deal with the boys on the playground and how to be a gentleman to the ladies, so many things. Nick adds that if he’s anything like his old man, he’s going to learn these lessons pretty quick. Bridget adds the important thing is that he knows she loves him. Just tell him things as if he was old enough now to understand. Nick has set up the tripod and camera and tells her he is going to turn it on now. Take her time; think of Dominick as 8 years old; as 14; 18, just have a talk with her son.

Ridge tells his mom that he’s not dodging his responsibilities here. She’s not the only one who put Taylor on a pedestal. He has done it too. She tells him that Taylor has made ONE mistake. ONE! And they can’t even begin to count the scandals they have gone through with Brooke. He barks at her to stop. He’s not going to let her do that anymore. She swears that she won’t bring her name up again, but please don’t get sidetracked. “You and Taylor love each other. You can make this work!”

Taylor tells Brooke that she never asked to be the family’s moral compass. Brooke remarks that she wasn’t the compass; she was true North…..the standard that everyone and everything was measured against. Taylor offers that maybe Brooke felt that way, but she declares she is just as capable of making mistakes as anybody else. Brooke suggests that didn’t stop her from sitting in judgment. She judged her the harshest. She saw it when Stephanie berated her and she did nothing about it. She did not step in and tell her to stop. If she had, perhaps they could have been friends (gee, on what planet?)….she would have liked that. At least one friend in the family that wouldn’t take her word and turn it against her. She understands when she came back that Stephanie told her that Brooke was evil and Taylor believed that; she understands that because she too believed everything about Taylor. Brooke says she even sang her praises to her children; telling them what a good person she was. How lucky they were to have her as a mother.

And Brooke never thought she could measure up to her. Never thought she could be half the woman that she was. But, today all of that has changed. Today, she realizes the compass is off. “For the first time since I have met you, I KNOW that I am good enough, so don’t you dare look down your nose at me again.” Her days of being intimidated are over. “I will never feel inferior to you again!”

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