The Bold & The Beautiful Update Tuesday 3/14/06


Written By Wanda
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On The Marlin, Ridge asks Logan what is she waiting for? Rather understatedly, Nick says that Brooke is not going home with Forrester tonight.

At Taylor’s, Stephanie continues to ply Taylor with much needed coffee to sober her up. And she promises her they will FIX everything. Taylor doesn’t think so. Stephanie says nobody has to know anything. Nick would not want anyone to know anything that happened tonight. Taylor assures her that NOTHING did happen even though she did fall into his arms. It was just one of those moments of human connection. Stephanie opines it is NOT the human connection that she is worried about, but the human that she connected with. Of all people, in the world, geeze, it had to be Nick? Taylor says there is no way in the world she could know that was going to happen. They talk about the false courage and a lot of booze. Taylor laments about so much loss – Felicia, the thing with Nicole and then Ridge. And she offers that Nick was feeling the same way and he knew exactly how she was feeling. Stephanie wishes that Hector had gotten her in a cab and gotten her home.

Taylor re-hashes the situation that Nick had just seen Brooke and Ridge in bed and he was half out of his mind. They both were. She had lost every shred of hope of ever getting back with Ridge. And she was sure Ridge was devastated and needed Brooke to comfort him. Smugly, Stephanie says yeah in the only way she knows how. Taylor argues that is not what happened. Nick misinterpreted the whole thing. And Brooke pulled away from Ridge before anything ever happened. Stephanie seems surprised and wonders how she knows that? Taylor slowly reveals how when Brooke realized that Nick saw what he saw, she ran out after him. Again, Stephanie is surprised – Brooke left Ridge and ran after Nick? And Brooke walked in on her and Nick; she saw her with Nick. Stephanie has one of those oh, my God moments.

Ridge continues to tell Brooke that surely she must see what a pathetic loser Nick is. She maintains that he made a mistake. They ALL make mistakes. She points out that his beautiful sister died today, and when he said he needed her, she wanted to be there for him and comfort him in any way she possibly could. But, she confesses, that she let it go too far. She made a mistake. And Nick was just re-acting to what he saw, the two of them in bed with each other. He is stunned when she says it never should have happened.

Exasperated and stunned, and disappointed, he says this was supposed to be their wedding night. Nick opines that things are different now. Ridge replies, “yeah, they sure are, Nick. All the hell you put Bridget through, drooling over her mother. The BEST thing she could have done is CUT you loose.” Brooke lashes out that she’s had enough; she can’t take any more of this. Ridge hesitates, then offers to take her home. She declines. He wants to make sure she is not going to stay there with Nick. She says no to that too. She can drive herself home. She just needs some time to think. This has been one of the longest days of her life, and she just needs some time. And she has to talk with Bridget. She thinks they all need some time. She walks out with both men looking after her and then at each other.

Stephanie repeats it – Brooke actually left Ridge and went running after Nick? Taylor remarks yes. They were just two lost people trying to help each other in one of the darkest periods of their life. Stephanie offers that knowing Brooke’s ego, she probably went there expecting to find the broken shell of a man that thought he had lost her, and instead she found Taylor. Taylor repeats that nothing happened, but she will talk to Brooke. Stephanie says it won’t matter. Even if she doesn’t want Ridge, she will try to use this to keep them from getting back together. Taylor is non-plussed and says let her. Let her do what she wants, there’s nothing to use, nothing happened. Stephanie asks if Brooke was still there when Taylor left him? She affirms she was. Stephanie tells her to get up, they are going there. She straightens her up and halfway pushes her out the door, saying they are going to straighten this out right now. Taylor says good, she can help her find her shoes!

Brooke slips into her house; still in black silk robe with Jackie’s coat over it. She’s expecting peace and quiet, only to find Ridge waiting for her. He says they need to talk. Peeved, she says didn’t he hear her? She needs time to think. She starts to head up the stairs and he tells her he’s not going to let her go, they need to talk. She tells him again that she’d like to wait until later. He asks her please to talk now. She asks what more is there to talk about? He offers that if Nick hadn’t interrupted their wedding they’d be making love now until the sun came up. She’s astonished. He wants to pretend that nothing happened? She says she can’t just do that. He reminds her they found their way back to each other. There’s a force here bigger than both of them. Brooke says, “hmmm, destiny?” He asks why is she fighting it? She cries out because she really doesn’t believe in their destiny anymore. He vows he does NOT believe that. She points out that he left HER. He says he’s here now. She knows that, even though she asked him for some space. Like a bulldog after a bone, he follows her a few steps up the stairs and states that she does NOT need space, she needs him.

She stops and looks at him. He continues that when he held her in his arms, it felt like being home. She comments that they have been doing this dance for a long, long time. He says it felt right because it IS right. She tells him it needs to feel right to her too! He remarks they almost made love. She tells him she was trying to comfort him; he knew that. (hey, Brooke, maybe make some hot chocolate next time). He tells her again that he NEEDED her. She argues that whether he meant it or not, he USED Felicia’s death to get her to make a commitment that he knew she wasn’t ready to make. He scoffs, “oh, come on, you don’t really believe that, do you?”

Nick pours himself another stiff drink. As per usual with these dysfunctional families, Stephanie lets herself onto The Marlin calling Brooke’s name. Nick tells her that she has gone. Stephanie asks where did she go? To tell Ridge what happened? What were the two of them thinking? (apparently, that’s the problem. NO ONE is thinking!). Nick looks at her askance and asks what does she want? She replies she wants Brooke out of her life. He grins well he’s trying to help her there. Stephanie remarks, “really? You realize by coming down here tonight means she chose YOU.” Taylor brings it up for Nick’s benefit that she repeatedly told Stephanie that nothing happened. Nick bursts out that Ridge already knows. He saw the stuff that she left behind – the shoes, the jacket. Stephanie is about to have a fit, she says, “Oh, Lord!” Nick adds the fact that Ridge knows there was a woman there; he doesn’t know it was Taylor. And Brooke isn’t going to say anything. Stephanie wants to know why not? Puffing on his cigar and swigging his liquor, he says they will just have to wait and see, won’t they?

Stephanie confronts him and asks does he really understand what happened here tonight? Brooke actually walked out on her son! And Nick actually thinks that the two of them will get back together after she walked in and found him with Taylor? Nonchalantly, he says he explained what happened. She doesn’t seem to be impressed. Explained? Oh, the two of them; if they hadn’t been boozing, she would be with him right now instead of being with her son! Again, very confident and secure, he tells her that she’s not with her son. She left alone and wanted some time to get her head together. Stephanie tells Nick to believe her, Ridge will USE that time to HIS advantage. He remarks that she asked for space, and that is what he is giving her. Stephanie tells him but Ridge won’t. He won’t give her any space at all. And he won’t take NO for an answer. She avows that she knows her son. He’s with Brooke right now and will convince her that she belongs with him.

Ridge does tell Brooke that he needed her because he was ripped apart inside. She’s always been a safe haven for him; that hasn’t changed. She asks about Bridget and Nick? They ended their marriage. He offers he abandoned her, just the way he would abandon Brooke. He’s a loser. She asks does he really want to go there? Ridge half way humbles himself and says he has apologized until he is blue in the face. And he knows he should never have left her for Taylor. She starts to walk away saying it’s late. He tells her it is not too late for them. A few short hours ago they were standing right there promising to love each other. She says she remembers. He goes on that he swore in front of God and all of their family that he’d never let her down again. She admonishes him that he’s not being fair. He reminds her that she said she forgave him. She reassures him again that she has. Then why? Brooke tells him he knows why. When he left her for Taylor, it wasn’t the end of her life, even though it seemed like it was. She just never thought she could open her heart to anyone else after that. He says okay, Nick came and held her hand. He got that. But, he doesn’t believe it.

She’s bewildered. He doesn’t think she could love anybody else as much as she loved him? He makes a nice little speech that only two people know what is between them; what it’s like. And he could spend an eternity trying to describe it in words. But, it’s way beyond words. It’s that look in her eye when they have that connection. It’s like they are in each other’s souls. That’s the only way he can describe it. “You’re going to tell me that you’ve got that with Marone?” She tells him she loves him; he knows how much she’s loved him. He tells her that he would die right now if he thought there was a chance she would never love him like that again. He tells Brooke she knows they belong together. Otherwise she never would have forgiven him. And she never would have agreed to be right there and marry him.

She remarks it’s kind of complicated now. Ridge surprises her by telling her their bags are packed and the Marone jet is waiting for them. Elope with him! Elope with him tonight….right now!

Nick states that if Forrester thinks he can bully Brooke into marrying him, he doesn’t know her half as well as he thinks he does. Taylor wonders if he still wants that? Stephanie harps on this was a terrible lapse in judgment on both their parts. He laments that he doesn’t have to explain himself to her or anybody else. She asks, even Brooke? This little incident is going to put doubt in her mind about him. He doesn’t think so. She asks, “really? Then why isn’t she here? Why aren’t you sailing off into the sunset? Instead, you’re right back to square one.”

Nick bellows for Stephanie to shut up. Brooke knows he loves her. She fires back, oh really. Then why doesn’t he go after her? He blurts out again that what part of shut up doesn’t she understand? She points her accusing finger and tells him enough of this boorish behavior. She used to think she could understand exactly what Brooke saw in him. Nick says he knows exactly what Brooke sees in him. She sees a man that loves her. She sees a man who listens and respects her when she says she needs space. It’s what she asked for and what he’s giving her.

Stephanie tells him then good for him. He has just underestimated her son. And she beckons Taylor to come; they are leaving. Taylor wants to find her shoes.

Brooke tells Ridge she is NOT going to elope with him. Did he hear a word she said? She doesn’t want to make any more mistakes. He says, “what, like leaving our bed and chasing after Marone?” Brooke sighs. (She’s getting tired of this so if Ridge needs a picture drawn, why can’t she just do that?) He continues that although if Brooke hadn’t chased after Nick and caught him with his pants down, she wouldn’t have realized what a sleazebag he was. He thinks she is still defending Nick when she says she didn’t catch him with his pants down. And she thinks Ridge is trying to turn him into a monster. He brings up the fact that Bridget lost their baby and he dumped her. She sets him straight that isn’t the way it was. Bridget realized he was staying only because of the baby and she left him. He spews, “so now he wants you to turn something ugly into something that don’t stink?”

She says she doesn’t want to talk about Nick. And he adds she doesn’t want to talk about him either. She agrees that she doesn’t. She just wants to go upstairs, kiss her babies and crawl in bed, that’s it. Please, can he just go? He doesn’t. He reminds her that she said he’d hurt her. That something inside her broke. But, he never believed for an instant that somehow he couldn’t fix it. (well, maybe START believing). Now he wants to ask her…..if Nick were free and available before tonight, would she have agreed to marry him? She hesitates much too long before telling him she doesn’t know. She’s really confused, so she doesn’t know. (This is why this is going on and on and on. She can’t tell him NO!) He tells her he can relate to that. For him, thinking of being without her, he wouldn’t know who he was. She pleads with him; that his sister died tonight. He needs to go home and be with his family. And just know that she loves him because she does. He tells her now he knows what she felt like when he went with Taylor. She tells him then she is sorry.

Simultaneously, they both make a move to hug the other. He says he will go but vows to be back. With tears in her eyes, she looks deeply into his. She takes off her rings and puts them in his hands, “until I am ready.” (again, she is leaving the door wide open for hope). He tells her he is not taking his off. In his heart, she is his wife. He feels that. “And I know that….when you’re ready, you’ll feel it too.” He leans in and gives her a light kiss. Then he holds up his clenched fist for affirmation and gives her a light punch to the jaw (score one for the gipper) and off he goes. At the door, he lingers and turns and gives her one last look at HIM, smiling, confident.

She turns and sees her bridal bouquet still sitting on the chair. She picks it up and loving touches it. With tears falling, she remembers the ceremony earlier in the day. Sobbing, she lays the bouquet back down and all alone in this big old house she surveys the splendor and happiness that once was.

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