The Bold & The Beautiful Update Friday 3/24/06


Written By Wanda
Pictures by Boo

From Felicia’s hospital room, Dr. Ramirez speaks on the phone to Stephanie. He tells her it’s an uphill battle, but if Felicia is going to make it, she’s going to have to do it on her own. Stephanie asks him to forgive her for interrupting, but she needs to tell her family that her daughter is going to live. She has to find a way to justify what she’s done.

At Dante’s place, Bridget is down on a pallet on the floor playing with Dominick as she remarks to Dante sketching close by that he must be bored with all this domesticity. He wonders why she would think that? She pops up and plays the answering machine that is filled with young ladies' messages seeking Dante’s company – there’s a Fiona, a Gina, Carol and Gabriella. Okay, Dante admits, he has a few friends. She mocks – a few friends that really, really miss him. Bridget tells him that he knows she loves staying there and looking after Dominick. She was going to put him down soon if Dante would like to go out and have some fun. He asked wouldn’t she mind, and she replies it was her idea. She is more than a little disappointed when he quickly takes her up on the offer and says okay.

Stephanie asks Dr. Ramirez if taking Felicia off life support is good news? Too quickly she is interrupted by Taylor walking in the door, so she tells the Doc she will call him back. Taylor is worried about her since she bolted from the memorial service so quickly. Stephanie offers that it was just too depressing. Taylor reminds her that it was a memorial for her youngest daughter. So she has permission to have some grief and despair. Stoically, Stephanie says, “not me, not yet!” She thanks Taylor for her concern, but doesn’t want to talk about Felicia right now. She quickly segues way into that Brooke and Nick came to the service together; does that mean that Taylor and Ridge are going to be able to reconcile?

Taylor quickly squashes that with a resounding no. She says she has begged and humbled herself enough, only to be turned down flat repeatedly. No, she doesn’t want to be with Ridge. She can’t take any more hurt. Stephanie points out that she’s the love of his life. Taylor counters with that she’s not. Look at the way he’s treated her. Stephanie says he’s only confused. Taylor fires back then he’s been confused for years! If only he were a little more like his brother. Stephanie says yeah, Thorne is so sweet. Taylor tells her she meant Nick!

As Nick comes aboard The Shady Marlin, Brooke, dressed in a dark blue sailor outfit, quickly salutes attention. Nick is amused and asks permission to come aboard. She replies, “aye, aye, Captain.” He explains that actually he’d be the mate if he asked that. That would make her the captain technically. She says that’s even better. She relaxes her stance and coos as she envelopes her arms around his neck and gives him a big kiss. She pulls him inside the cabin and says she has something to show him. Proudly, she shows him her handiwork, a gorgeously decorated candlelit table that she’s prepared, a very special dinner for a very special mate. But, she can’t take all the credit. She opens the other door and in pops Hope dressed the same. She runs to Nick’s arms, who scoops her up and makes a big fuss over her. She tells him they made his favorite dinner –chicken wings and beer. He boasts that he loves that. Brooke holds up the bag from Chucks. Then she says R.J. went down early, but she still thought they could have a family dinner. (notice the word family. They ain’t letting any grass grow under their feet). Hope asks if he likes it? He says no, he LOVES it and smothers her with smooches; she giggles.

Dante returns, having changed clothes and Bridget fusses with his jacket while pretending to really want him to go. He reaches into a drawer and takes out a small wrapped package. Bridget notices and exclaims, “wow, a little special something for a special someone?” He replies yes, and that she knows she’s the best? Small consolation, she tries again to be nonchalant about this and tells him to go; go have fun and find Fiona or whoever she is. He flashes a big smile, closes the door after himself, and Bridget’s heart sinks.

Taylor tells Stephanie that she wants to be around a man that acknowledges she has feelings and needs, and understands her. Stephanie tells her fine, but just don’t set her sights on Nick. Taylor is aghast at such an idea. Stephanie points out that it seems she is attracted to him. Taylor tells her she just doesn’t want to be part of Stephanie’s obsession of getting rid of Brooke. Nick understands her, that’s all. So what’s wrong with them being friends? Seriously, Stephanie tells her nothing at all, as long as that is all that it is. She’s vulnerable at this time in her life. Taylor corrects her. No, for the first time in her life, she’s NOT feeling vulnerable. She comments how at the most broken moment of her life, she looked into his eyes and realized there was someone who got her pain….who understood what she was feeling. She felt a sense of stability and security. And she doesn’t think she’s even felt that from Ridge in a long time. Stephanie can only utter in dismay, “uh-oh.” Taylor remarks that he really is too good for Brooke. That she’s still the same walking disaster she’s always been. Stephanie counters with on that they can agree. She tells Taylor she has to go, and she doesn’t care if Nick is too good for Brooke or not. She just knows that Taylor is too good for him, so she warns her to stay away!

As Hope doles out the chicken wings on a plate, Nick pulls Brooke aside, on deck actually, as Brooke says she knows he wanted to see Hope, and Hope wanted to see him too. He asks if she had mentioned anything to her about Bridget? Brooke replies no, she didn’t want to overwhelm her. She still thinks he is married to Bridget. He says this is all going to get sorted out. And he confesses that he wants her to be his little girl. No more Uncle Nick. He wants to be Daddy to her. Does that sound right to Brooke? She’s delighted and when he asks, she says they will have to wait six month. He answers and not a day longer.

Meanwhile, Hope hollers that dinner’s ready and they answer they are coming. They praise her over the job at the table. She points out mild for mommy, medium for her and extra spicy for Uncle Nick. He scoops her up and gives her a big smoochie and tells her he thinks they are both extra spicy. Then he proposes this is so much fun; how about they plan an adventure on this boat? She asks when and he hedges by saying in about six months, how’s that? Brooke agrees; that sounds wonderful. He regales how he knows a special little island in the South Pacific and she asks can she do her hula dance? He tells her she HAS to do her hula, and then they’ll go to this little sandbar he knows, and they can just celebrate all being together. She asks, “forever?” And he repeats “forever”, and then they’ll go back to the boat and come back here. And blast off a bunch of fireworks. How does that sound? She asks if R.J. can come too? He loves fireworks. He tells her they’ll all be right here on The Marlin, one big, happy family shooting off fireworks. He asks how does that sound and she gives him a cute hand salute. Brooke follows suit. He then tells Spicy Girl to dig in and Brooke swears she’s going to eat every one on her plate. He jokes that he’s going to hold her to that.

Leisurely passing her time, Bridget mocks Fiona calling. Her cell phone rings. It’s from Dante and she asks how Fiona is? He replies never better. Then asks her to do him a favor? Walk out onto the deck. Bewildered, as she walks out, she asks what does he need? Right in front of her, he replies, “You. I need you. I don’t need Fiona, Gabriella or anyone else. You are the one I want to spend time with. Little Dominick and you.” In the background, we see the sunset at dusk and a lovely prepared table complete with champagne. She’s obviously touched and it brings a big smile to her before mentioned disappointed face.

Brooke laughs as she comes inside and touches Nick as he washes the dishes. She tells how Hope is telling Katherine about the fireworks and the special island. He reminds her again that he really wants to be her father. She lets him know Hope will be so happy. Then turning serious, she says she needs to tell him something…….Ridge has made it very clear that he’s not going to give up. Nick counters with well Ridge knows how SHE feels. She says yeah, but he hasn’t accepted it. In fact, he told R.J. he was going to move in. Astonished, he says he just has to accept this. She agrees, but she just wanted him to know. He thanks her; he’s glad she did. He takes her hand and says they will deal with it. She looks into his eyes and puts her hands around his neck and thanks him for bringing so much peace to her life. She reveals how she has spent most of her life looking over her shoulder and feeling threatened, but she doesn’t feel that way anymore. “You make me so happy.” Her tears are flowing as she gives him a tiny kiss and nestles herself contentedly on his shoulder.

All three robed and masked at Felicia’s bedside, Dr. Ramirez tells Stephanie and the second doctor that they are encouraged by how well Felicia has tolerated the chemo. But, she can’t go on the liver donation list while she’s still on life support. There are no exceptions. Stephanie leans over the bed and speaks with Felicia. She tells her she has to fight one more time, and fight harder than she ever has before. She touches her on the throat, and asks can she do that for her? She whispers can she do that for her baby boy? She’s fearful of taking her off life support…….She says, “God help us, Felicia. God help both of us.”

They ask if she is giving her permission? She hesitates, looks back at Felicia, looks at the doctors again, then holds out her hand for the pad and pen. She scratches her name on the form and returns it to Dr. Ramirez. She eases into the chair by the bed and both doctors come forward and start unhooking monitors and tubes.

Dante hands Bridget a glass of champagne and asks where else would he want to be but right here with her and his son? She admits that when he left, she didn’t want him to go. He says he was hoping for that. Now, a toast to their son. “May he always know his mother’s love.” They clink their glasses. Then he mysteriously goes and gets the little blue wrapped present and gives it to her to open. She does, withdrawing some legal papers and wonders what it is? He tells her Felicia signed it before she died. He was just waiting for the right moment to tell her. She beams as he calls her Mom and tells her that they share full legal custody of Dominick. It’s official; they are Dominick’s parents. No one could ever take him away from them. “The three of us; we’re a family.” He leans in and gives her a kiss. She doesn’t pull away; in fact she moves even closer and returns more kisses.

Out on the deck of The Marlin, Brooke and Nick are wrapped in each other’s arms kissing as they lay on a gigantic lounge chair. Taylor walks up and observes, but darts back before they can see her. Brooke laments that she’s always felt their love. And Bridget always knew, didn’t she? Nick says Bridget deserves to be happy, and she will be happy. Brooke seems contented with that. She caresses his face and tells him she’s never known a man like him. He softly swears that he never thought it’d be like this again. That he’d ever be next to her like this….touching her like this. He lets out a big sigh and mentions all they have been through, the pain. She adds confusion…..but it brought her back to him. He tells her she may be stuck with him awhile. She smiles and replies, “God, I hope so.” He pulls her closer than close for a kiss……with "Going Back Again" playing in the background.

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