The Bold & The Beautiful Update Friday 3/3/06


Written By Wanda
Pictures by Boo

In Brooke’s bedroom, Ridge asks if she is all right? Then answers it by saying of course not. She probably doesn’t want to leave her daughter up here with this jerk. It’s understandable. He sidesteps her and addresses Bridget that it’s not her fault. Sarcastically, he says she had a husband that dumps her, races over here and sweeps her mother upstairs just as the minister is about to pronounce them man and wife. Talk about betrayal. She emphatically states that this is not betrayal. She is responsible for what happened here today.

Thomas walks into the house with his mother. He remarks she was awfully quiet on her way back from Ojai. They make small talk about the girls doing well in school and that Ridge’s wedding is probably over by now. An Ridge understands why he wanted to spend time with Taylor today. He asks is she hungry? He’s going to go make a sandwich.

She pours herself a glass of wine and then pulls out a hidden photo of her and Ridge and is staring at it. Her phone rings and it’s Stephanie. Taylor is shocked when she tells her the wedding isn’t happening and she doesn’t think it will.

Thorne inquires of Darla about how things are going in the kitchen? She states that the musicians are getting a little antsy. And the minister has another wedding in an hour, so if Brooke and Ridge don’t come down and finish the ceremony…….. Sally quips yeah like Captain Nick is going to let that happen. And meanwhile, Her Royal Highness also seems to be missing in action. Darla spots her on the patio with her cell phone. Sally surmises she must be calling in reinforcements, no doubt.

Eric accosts her and asks who in the hell is she calling at a time like this? She asks if he is berating her for his too? She storms off, but Eric follows and says what he can’t believe is that she went over to Bridget’s to convince her to let Nick go so he could marry Brooke. Stephanie asks why can’t he be happy for his daughter? “My God, she’s finally come to her senses and has walked out on a bad marriage." He lashes out at her this isn’t about being happy for Bridget, but Stephanie not wanting Brooke to remarry Ridge. Massimo steps up and states that not that Ridge is going to allow that to happen. Brooke belongs with Ridge. They have a child together; they should be married. They should have a family together. And nothing should get in the way with that. Especially not a brother! He’s been looking at Stephanie throughout this making his point, her rolling eyes, giving a huff and then he walks off.

Jackie asks where he is going? He comments upstairs to straighten this damn thing out once and for all. She tells him he is not; he’s staying there.

Ridge finds it hard to believe that this was Bridget’s idea. He thinks her so-called husband is pulling a little mind trap on her. So far he’s ripped her heart out and come crawling back to her because he knows she’s carrying his child. Now he walks away from her in favor of her mother? Only days after she has lost her little girl. “What kind of pig does something like that?”

She contends again he didn’t walk out on her; she ended the marriage. She left Nick. She is the one who let HIM go. Ridge shoots daggers at Nick and tells her she SHOULD get rid of him. The bastard has hurt her too much. And just because one marriage ends doesn’t mean she has to do this. “You know how much I love your mother.” She agrees with him. She grew up seeing it; how their love triumphed. She thought they’d be together forever, but then Taylor came back and he found himself with two wives and he chose Taylor. And he confesses he will regret that forever. She says up until that point, she supported them both. But, she is tried of pretending that her mom and Nick don’t have a strong connection. She adds that she didn’t want to see it, much less accept it, but she has. And that he really needs to accept it too.

As Taylor sips her wine and fills Thomas in on the details, he says he doesn’t understand it. He thought Nick and Bridget were solid. Taylor admits that so did she, but losing the children could have really put a strain on their marriage. All his grandma said was that she didn’t think the wedding would happen….at least not today. Thomas remarks she doesn’t seem to be that broken up about it.

Massimo emphasizes to Jackie that what Dominick did was reckless and unforgivable. And if Ridge doesn’t let him have it, he will! Jackie argues that she thinks their son has come to the realization that they don’t have a child binding them. He says but there is a child binding Ridge and Brooke, his grandson. R.J.’s parents were getting married today, and nothing should have interfered with that. Jackie counters with the fact that Brooke and Nick made a sacrifice for Bridget. Eric is astounded. Bridget is now a sacrifice? Both Jackie and Stephanie echo NO. And if Bridget set Nick free, she also sets herself free. Why can’t he see that? Jackie points out it’s high time they all start to communicate their true feelings for each other so that the decisions they make aren’t just for the sake of the children but because they are being honest with each other. Surely Massimo wouldn’t begrudge his son that. And Eric wouldn’t want that for his daughter. Eric says what he doesn’t want is for his daughter to be taken advantage of. Especially at this time in her life. By Nick or anyone with their own agenda. He announces he is going upstairs to be sure she is all right. And nobody stop him! Stephanie follows. Massimo glares at Jackie.

Ridge tells Bridget he can’t believe what he’s hearing. Nick says she’s just telling it like it is. Ridge points out that she’s just suffered a huge loss, and her emotions are all over the place. Nick is using that to scam his way out of the marriage now that there is no longer a child involved. Bridget gives him a long speech about unresolved feelings and they just need to let them be together. And the longer they are apart, the more powerful their feelings have become. She doesn’t want to stand in their way anymore, and she doesn’t think he should either. She’s happy for them; she really is. She’s let this go, and he needs to too. “If you love mom, you’ll let her do this.” Eric and Stephanie walk in and he asks Ridge what the hell is going on up here?

Taylor pours herself another glass of wine and laments that Nick and Bridget have been through a lot of stress lately. She sees patients like that and it makes them behave in unexpected ways that doesn’t make any sense to anyone. Taylor points out that his father is in love with Brooke. He wouldn’t have asked her to marry him if he didn’t want to spend the rest of his life with her. He remarks that Brooke didn’t exactly welcome him back with open arms. Perhaps she wasn’t over Nick yet and never will be. That’s why she let him sweep her off upstairs. And why he stopped the wedding because he’s in love with her too. And then adds, if Brooke ends up with Nick, perhaps there is a chance with her and……..She tells him don’t. He argues he knows she’s been through hell these past few weeks, but if there was any chance that Dad could come back to her.

She assures him she is not putting them on that roller coaster again. She tells him she knows how much he wants them to reconcile and he says only if it is what she wants. Is it? She says she honestly doesn’t know. She loves his father and always will, but she’s been doing a lot of thinking lately and she’s tired of always being in competition with Brooke. He agrees but says it is not her fault. His dad shouldn’t have put her in that position. She says she agrees, but they are all responsible for the choices they make. He doesn’t think it was her choice to go up against Brooke. She agrees with that, but she didn’t tell Ridge NO either. And that’s why they are all in this pain grid. His dad isn’t here. The girls are off to school. He’s at the campus all the time and she guesses if she had done things a little differently, they might all still be together. Thomas offers that maybe his dad had to be shot down by Brooke to realize how lucky he was to have her.

Bridget tells Eric he’s going to have to let mom, Ridge and Nick work this out for themselves. Stephanie adds her two cents. That is what she has been telling him. And Bridget explains that she is the one who told him to do this. And she’s just grateful that she got here in time. Stephanie echoes that. She tells Bridget that she was really brave today. She’s done the right thing for everyone, but especially for herself.

Nick turns Brooke around to face him and tells her she has an amazing daughter. With hands in pocket, Ridge tells him to take his hands off “my wife.” Nick continues; he knows Forrester feels the same way about Bridget. And what she did tonight was one of the most selfless things he’s ever seen. “And she did it because she loves you. Because she loves us.” And that’s why she came here tonight to make sure they knew; that they have her support. Ridge calls him Romeo and says that’s enough. Brooke’s heard enough and he knows he has. “This fantasy you’ve cooked up is just not happening. And, the sooner you realize that, the better.” Nick turns to Ridge and tells him he’s sorry. He’s sorry he came over and busted up his wedding like this. And he knows he’s had a tough time with Taylor. And that right now he thinks he wants a future with Brooke, but that’s all changed. Now he’s going to ask him real nice. He’s like to have a few minutes with her……alone. Ridge gives him that smug, condescending look.

Taylor has finished off at least a couple of glasses of wine while Thomas continues with the Bridget saga. Because for Brooke and Nick to get back together would mean to hurt Bridget and he doesn’t want that. But, his grandma had said Bridget set Nick free. Taylor thinks that might be wishful thinking on Stephanie’s part. She does not want Ridge to be with Brooke. And even if Bridget does step aside, that doesn’t necessarily mean that Brooke is just going to fly into Nick’s arms. It’s very complicated. She pours herself ANOTHER glass of wine.(hey Thomas, you can see her over-indulging, say something!)

She states that if the wedding doesn’t happen today, it affects his dad, not her. Because she is done with Brooke dictating her life with her wishy washy choices. He doesn’t believe this. He says okay, okay, he knows she has to protect herself. She corrects him; protect her children. She sighs and tells him she knows he’s getting his hopes up. Is that a bad thing, he asks? She admits there is nothing wrong with having a little faith. He offers then can she take her own advice? She is always telling him to cut people slack. Who deserves a break more than his dad? She wants him to remember that his dad is a wonderful man. And she wants him to promise that he won’t let anything that happened between them to affect Thomas’ relationship with his dad. He does promise. And adds that he knows she’s pretty much give up on marriage with his dad. But maybe everything they went through was necessary for them to both realize it could happen. And she and his dad can find their way back to each other. That is why Grandma called over there, wasn’t it? To give her back her hope? And it’s like she said, keeping the faith is always a good thing. She cups his face and gives him a big hug; looking down on the photo she’d looked at earlier of Ridge and herself.

Bridget sits with Eric and Stephanie as he questions Bridget about telling all of this to her mother. And she adds to Ridge too as hard as it was for him to hear. She’s sitting at Brooke’s dressing table and gently turns a picture around of her and Nick. Eric tells her he’s just worried about her. Is she all right? She’s been through so much. Bridget replies, “yeah, I’ll be fine. You know, that which doesn’t destroy you, it makes you stronger.” Not that she thinks it will be easy getting over Nick. She doesn’t know that she ever will. She still thinks he’s an amazing man.

Eric remarks how he’s hurt her deeply, but Bridget absolves that it isn’t his fault. It isn’t anyone’s fault. She just happened to get involved in somebody else’s love story. “And too bad for me that it wasn’t my own.” Stephanie comments that she can’t even imagine the strength it took for her to do this. But, she’s so relieved for her as now she can start to mend her life.

Ridge repeats it – Nick wants him to give him a few MORE minutes alone with his wife? Nick says she’s not even his wife. Ridge mocks by telling Brooke that she opened her heart to Popeye here. He obviously hasn’t gotten over it. Even though he’s sworn to love and honor her daughter. And Nick points out that he has. Ridge comments that yeah for all of about five seconds.

He inches closer, almost toe to toe and in his face. And what he knows is that he has been very patient, very, very patient with this whole fantasy future that Nick has conjured up for the two of them, even though he should have come in here and kicked his butt OUT of the house.

He turns to Brooke and ushers her away from Nick. He says he’s very, very sorry their ceremony was interrupted. “Our destiny is to be together. We both know that. Nothing that Nick or Bridget can say is going to change that. So, tell him. Tell him that you love me. Tell him that your future is with me and our family. Tell him!” He has a hopeful look on his face as he waits for her answer. She’s staring at Nick.

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