The Bold & The Beautiful Update Friday 1/13/06


Written By Wanda
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At Forrester, Taylor declares to Brooke that she did not MAKE Brooke feel inferior. Brooke informs her that yes she did, but not anymore. They spar as Taylor tells her that in her professional experience, most inferiority comes from people unfairly judging themselves. And points out that Brooke has to admit that she herself has done far more to make herself feel small.

At the beach house, with Nick manning the tripod and camera, Felicia sits and starts her video for son, Dominick. She mentions that he is 5 ½ months old and she knows he doesn’t understand what is happening to his mommy. She is sick. But, if he’s watching this tape, then it means what is going to happen has already happened. She tells him she wishes they could have spent more time together. Everything he does is new to her. Every smile, every grunt, every laugh, “Never stop laughing, baby boy, 'cause that is my favorite sound in the whole entire universe.” She goes on to tell him not to feel sad for her as she led an incredible life; the most incredible part that she spent with him. “Dominick, you brought me more joy than anything or anyone ever has.”

Stephanie and Ridge are still having their little tete-tete with Stephanie urging him to keep fighting for this. He sees it differently. For what?…… a marriage tainted with lies. She points out that Taylor made one misstep, but he argues it sure was a hell of a big one! And that she’d had a million chances to tell him about James. Stephanie tells him she thinks he’d better start thinking about Thomas and the girls. He retorts what about Hope and R.J.? Was she thinking about them when she faked her heart attack and started setting Taylor up as the perfect wife and mother? She replies “I’ll tell you one thing Taylor would NEVER do. She would NEVER, NEVER, sleep with her daughter’s husband.” Exasperated, he tells her that’s it. He’s not going to listen to anymore. He states that she seems to think he is still connected to her, like he can’t get along without her. “Well, you know what? I’m through with you trying to control my life. From now on, stay the hell out of it!” He leaves, slamming the door.

Brooke gloats that Taylor can’t get to her now. Taylor reminds her that Brooke has also made her share of mistakes. Brooke acknowledges that. She has admitted them, unlike Taylor. Taylor offers that she has never claimed to be a saint or an angel. She says she is sorry that Brooke sees her in that way or that she made her feel inferior. And, while her husband may be mad at her right now, that is only right now, because she knows their marriage is going to survive this. Brooke retaliates that at least now Ridge has the information to make an informed decision. He’s through being lied to by her and Stephanie. He now knows the person she really is. “Good luck, Taylor, I think you’re going to need it.” She turns and walks away.

Felicia finishes with her tape; often going from smiles to sniffles. She tells Dominick she could probably fill up the entire tape, but she knows he will get a lot of that from his daddy and mommy, Bridget. She then motions for Bridget to come say a few words. Bridget doesn’t want to as this is Felicia’s tape, but she is persuaded. She sits tightly beside Felicia as she continues. She tells Dominick that she gave birth to him and she will always be his mommy. She will always be up there, loving him and watching over him. But this woman, Bridget, is the one that he’s going to grow up calling mommy. He’s going to love her with all his heart, and that’s what Felicia wants. That’s why she picked her. Because she knows she will love him and take care of him the way she wished she could. Bridget says she will. Felicia tells Dominick that it’s because of Bridget and Nick that she is not afraid she can face what she is going to. His future is going to me amazing. Nick chimes in he can count on that. Felicia adds that she knows he’s going to go places and do things that she can’t even imagine…..because he is filled with wanderlust. It’s in his blood. He gets it from her and his daddy. She just hopes he’s not as silly as they were. She thinks they spent most of their lives looking for security and love only to realize that they had all of that right there where they began. With their families, so remember that. Anything he would want or need would be right there with his mommy and daddy.

Taylor paces her office floor when Stephanie comes in. Taylor unloads that Ridge has told Brooke EVERYTHING! She’d confronted her; she’d just left. Stephanie adds that she knows where she is going to go, and that’s why Taylor can’t let her anywhere near him. Taylor laments that they are in the biggest trouble of their entire marriage and he’s gone to Brooke….. again! It all goes back to Brooke! She says she has just revealed the most painful secret of her life. He’s already forgiven her about James. He’s not even angry about that. All he can think about is how she treated Brooke!

At Brooke’s, Ridge sits playing with R.J. while telling him maybe the next time he goes to Paris, he can take him along. Maybe go to Monaco to see the Grand Prix, a lot of cool, fast cars racing around the city. Brooke slips in and doesn’t want to interrupt them but sits for a spell. He mentions she is home kind of late and she sloughs it off as she got sidetracked at the office. He tells her Catherine is upstairs giving Hope a bath and he promised her he’d stick around and tuck her in bed. Brooke reminds him this little guy should already be in bed. He seems guilty, but remarks they change so much unless you are around every single day, you miss so much. He sighs that when R.J. was born….they made a lot of plans. They were so happy. She concedes they were.

Stephanie tells Taylor that Ridge is concerned with Brooke because she is making herself the victim here. Taylor answers that she hates to admit it, but she may have a point. Stephanie replies no, and not to listen to that nonsense. Taylor points out that she can’t deny what she is saying is true. She did come back and she did disrupt her family. And maybe Ridge would have stayed with her if Stephanie hadn’t faked her heart attack. Stephanie sidesteps Taylor from getting around her and looks her squarely in the eye and tells her SHE made the decision to tell him about James. Taylor asks if that is her way of saying, 'I told you so’? Stephanie proclaims that infidelity is no longer the problem with her marriage, Brooke is! Ridge has taken ALL of their marital problems and made them about Brooke. Suddenly, Taylor is the hypocrite. “If you want to save your marriage, keep her out of this. I’ll do whatever I can to help you.” Sounding back, Taylor asks if she really is saying that because she really believes she and Ridge belong together…..or would she do anything…..including forgiving her infidelity, just to get Brooke out of this family?

Ridge puts R.J. down in the playpen, lamenting how he doesn’t get to spend as much time as he likes with them. Phone calls and sending gifts is not enough. More or less, they both pat each other on the back the way the other manages to be there for their family. Brooke says some days are more challenging than the other. But, with the love she gets from Hope and R.J., it sustains her. He hopes Hope is through with her bath now and wonders if he can come up and help tuck them in. She tells him yes, they would love that…..and so would she!

Felicia finishes the tapes a little weepy by telling Dominick that all he needs to know is that she loves him with all her heart and she always will. She breaks down at the end and gives the high sign to Nick to end tape. She says she didn’t know how much that was going to take out of her; was she oka?. Nick tells her she did great. Felicia says it’s getting late; she thinks they should leave right away. Nick tells her he will go put Dominick in the car seat. Felicia falls apart. Nick touches her tenderly and Bridget goes to her and cradles her head on her shoulder, letting her get it all out. She then has a serious little girl-to-girl talk with Bridget. She says it is the only thing that keeps her going and she needs to hear her say it that she will love Dominick like she does for the rest of his life. Bridget vows that she made a promise to her and she’s going to keep it. She is not going to let her down. She’s not going to let Dominick down. She would always love him like her own son. “Because he’ll be my son. He IS my son.” They cling to each other in a hug.

Stephanie sits beside Taylor and states to her that she has always believed that Taylor is the only woman for her son. Taylor feels if she really believed that she would’ve let Ridge choose on his own between her and Brooke and not forced his hand. Stephanie admits perhaps she should have had more patience. But, Taylor comments that she couldn’t take that chance that he wouldn’t choose her. Stephanie mutters that would be the biggest mistake of all. Taylor replies no, that’s why she didn’t want her to tell Ridge about James. This has nothing to do about Ridge and her. It has everything to do with her vendetta against Brooke. Stephanie flatly denies it. Taylor tells her to come on, they have been friends for years. She can be honest with her.

Stephanie jumps up after Taylor and remarks that she thinks she better be honest with herself. Taylor asks that isn’t Brooke the reason for almost everything Stephanie has done since she has come into Ridge’s life? Stephanie admits that she is responsible for almost all the crisis the family has suffered, yes. “But, Brooke didn’t cause this crisis, I did!” Stephanie reposts that yes, but Brooke can make it worse. And Taylor can’t let that happen. Brooke has never gotten Ridge. She’s only gotten him by default. She points out that Brooke has never TAKEN him away from her, and she can salvage this marriage. He understands people make mistakes. He’s not stupid. Taylor has acknowledged it; accepted responsibility. Now she has to figure out a way to get him to take her back. She advises her not to get sidetracked here. Or Brooke will derail the whole marriage…..”and you can’t let that happen!”

Brooke pours herself and Ridge a glass of wine as they sit and discuss this is her favorite part of the day; tucking the kids in. He tells her it is his favorite too and he misses doing that with her. “I’d love to spend more time with you guys. I love you, Logan….all of you.” She reminds him he is just upset with Taylor. But, he offers that he never stopped caring for her. She gets up and tells him she doesn’t want to get in the middle of this. He begs her to listen. She tells him to listen. There was a time she thought the bond that they shared could never be broken….. until he broke it. That when he chose Taylor over her, something inside of her was shattered. And it wasn’t just her heart, but her faith that she had in him, “the way I looked at the world, the way I lived my life.” He tells her and now he knows exactly how she feels – what Taylor and his mother did by keeping that secret….maybe he’s just overreacting and it’s just one bizarre night with James, but it tainted everything. And that’s what makes it so inexcusable what’d they’d done to Brooke. He can’t believe he just stood by and let it happen. She reminds him he was being manipulated. He tells her she was fighting that battle on her own. But, no more. She was not going to be their scapegoat anymore. “I’m not going to let them ABUSE you ever again!”

She asks what is he saying? He hesitates, then says he is asking her to forgive him. And more than that……he’s asking…..he stumbles….he fumbles….he’s asking her.... She asks again, what is he asking?

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