The Bold & The Beautiful Update Thursday 3/30/06
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At the clinic by her daughters side, Stephanie watches lovingly as Eric has absorbed all of this, his daughter still being alive. She gently takes him by the hand and pulls him away for a more private conversation. She faces him and tells him she knows he will be angry with her. He wonders why suddenly is that a reason for concern? She reminds him its been that way from the very first day she met him. Hes always so sure that she thinks she is right. He replies no, thats what she thinks. She states to him no, it is him. It usually takes him to say what he does before she knows what shes going to say back. And, shes not sure of a damn thing until they usually have shouted at each other at the top of their lungs. Eric smiles; he seems amused, this new Stephanie a softer, gentler, kinder mother and wife. He caresses her face as she says Felicia loves him more than ever, and thats why she couldnt let him go on grieving. Shes sorry for that. Hes accepting and pulls her into a hug.
Dr. Ramirez interrupts and asks if they can leave the room so he can check on Felicia? He checks her signs and then pulls up a stool. He tells her that shes done her part. Hes the one who has fell down on the job; he doesnt want to lose her now. Slowly, her eyes flutter and she opens them just a little. He's pleased.
At Taylors, the doorbell rings and rings and she can not answer. She is passed out on the sofa. Cautiously, Nick lets himself in, looks around and surveys the damage with wine bottles strewn around and Taylor sleeping it off. Gently, he arouses her and pulls her upright beside him on the sofa. He holds the bottle to her face and remarks he thought she was going to give that up. She manages to garble that she changed her mind. He jokes that she can kiss that gold medal he brought good-bye. She utters that shes kissed all sorts of things good-bye lately .and what is he doing there? He reminds her that he told her he would stop by and check up on her now and then. As she twists and turns around on the sofa trying to make her nest, she offers that is the sort of things people say but never do. She asks what happened to privacy? (hey, what happened to locking the doors?) He comments that it looks like she has all of that she needs right here.
Under a disapproving stare, she pours herself another glass of wine and tells him it helps her sleep. She takes a sip and then pops him one on the shoulder; why does he care anyway? He should go, be with Brooke! But, then hed better take a number, she mouths ..but that never stopped anyone.
In her basement office, Brooke asks Ridge why is he being so obnoxious and self-centered? She states that to him, her life is all about Ridge Forrester. He adds that his life is all about her. Anything that hasnt to do with their future together is out of here. Hes committed himself. Looking him squarely in the eye, she remarks that he couldnt do it when it counted. He tells her she doesnt have to settle for a second choice life with a second choice man anymore. She asks what is it going to take for her to get through to him? He remarks that shes done that pretty good already. She says maybe it is just too late for them. He differs; there is no such thing as too late. How long have they been doing this dance? She points out that shes stuck around half her life and let him kick her around like a beach ball, and now he wants her to stick around and do it another half while he tells her he shouldnt have done that and wont do it again?
He counters with that shes not being fair. Shes acting like nothing is different, that it was like ten years ago or even five. She is the one who is always talking about people learning from their mistakes. Is he not allowed to do that too? Is she the only one that can grow up? He also comments that he feels bad for Taylor right now. Shes going through some sort of tail-spin and hes not sure he can do anything to help her through it. And he feels bad for his mother too. Losing Felicia caused something to snap inside of her. But, hes got to keep his distance; he can only get so close. And his kids, Thomas and the girls, they tell him that hes working, working, working all the time and sleeping somewhere else. Why, because hes in love with Brooke and just waiting for her to see it. Callously, she tells him that is a problem she can not help him with now. He vows he wont leave the office without an answer. Is it because of Nick? Does she love him more? The same? Differently? Holding hands by the fireplace? Come on, give me both barrels here because thats what its going to take. He makes it clear this thing with Nick; hes just not buying it.
Stephanie and Eric sit and discuss the experimental treatment and she fills him in on she had them test her for the close tissue match. Hes astonished but relieved when Stephanie says they told her it was too risky. Hes also non too pleased when he realizes Stephanie has falsified his name on the papers. What sort of lunatic is she? Her only justification is that she saw Felicia had a chance and she took it. Clearly pod at her, he asks how many times have they married? She replies three. He comments then isnt it funny that the minister isnt asked if anyone sees any reason this guy shouldnt be allowed to marry this lunatic? But, he keeps doing it. He gives her a knowing smile of acceptance. For the moment, the two seem in sync.
Dr. Ramirez explains a little more about the liver process and the good news is that Felicia is regaining consciousness .of sorts. Stephanie rushes in to her bedside and speaks her name. Again, slowly Felicia opens her eyes and Stephanie is amazed with glee. But, Felicias first words are, I hate you get away from me. Eric joins them and hes delighted to see her awake. But, Felicia repeats it again, tell her, Daddy. Tell her I hate her.
Nick pours Taylor some bourbon. Shes on her feet now and she scoffs that she doesnt like bourbon. He states she might as well start with that as she will get to that sooner or later. She thinks hes just trying to be funny. He says no, just friendly. And no one likes getting loaded alone, so hell get loaded with her. She surmises that a real friend would probably take someone to a local A.A. meeting. He states he doesnt think shes an alcoholic, just a wannabe. Shes someone who feels sorry for herself because her husband dumped her. She wants to develop an addiction so she can sit in a room with a bunch of strangers and tell them how shes powerless over a $60 bottle of cheap wine well, he doesnt buy that! If she wants to be a drunk then drink like one. He hands her a shot of bourbon. Instead, she turns her head and grabs the wine bottle and puts it to her mouth, telling him she doesnt like his attitude.
Brooke opens the door to her office wanting to usher Ridge out. She tells him she is not going to discuss Nick with him. He wonders why not? The guy barged into their wedding AFTER she told him she loved their life together and thats what she really wanted. Was that a lie? Shes not sure what it was. He says then hell tell her; it was her heart talking. Everyone thinks she is so impulsive, acting on a whim. But, it was always the real deal between us, Logan, you know that. He rattles off that she was young and he was selfish and spoiled and she was insecure, and those were the things that got in their way. And so was Nick. She asks, so now Nick is an insecurity?
He offers that as a bride, she had the jitters. Every bride does. And she thought about all the things that hed done to hurt her. She didnt want to because she loved him. But, hed proposed, shed accepted. No one forced her. But, as the wedding progressed, she just couldnt seem to get this out of her head. That day when shed taken R.J. and Hope and left. Just as she was about to say I Do, she was still thinking of this. And then HE showed up the guy who never hurt her; never let her down. She never wanted him before, but at least hed never hurt her. She wonders whats Ridges point? He states that Nick is all the screw-ups hes ever done. All the times he has gone back on his word. She really didnt choose Nick over him. She chose to believe that Ridge still couldnt be trusted.
She lashes out at him. Why should she TRUST him? Why should she put her children through the same position she did when she (Oh here we go. Blame it on Daddy!) She walks away but he stops her by putting his hands on her shoulders. He remarks that shes trembling. Why doesnt she finish the sentence, say what she is thinking now? She keeps repeating that her future is with Nick. He tells her that she is never going to do what her mother did shed never give her love to a man whod walk away from his wife and children. She says it why would she let him or anybody else do to Hope and R.J. what her father did to her? Why would she let them lie in their bed and wonder where their father went and if he was ever coming home? Why would she keep a closet full of clothes just like her mother did, and clean them, wash them and iron them, for what? Just in case? She confronts him, I trusted you, Ridge. I trusted my father and YOU let me down. So, no, shes NEVER going to give her children a father who has nothing to offer them but his DNA! She steels herself to say, NEVER .. NEVER .. NEVER!
Felicia tries to speak and Stephanie realizes it is the same argument they had when she was about fifteen years old. Dr. Ramirez warns them that her liver is not able to detoxify her system and there are consequences for all her organs, including the brain. He says hes notified the transplant system that her situation is critical. Eric asks just exactly where is Felicia on this list? Stephanie remarks they havent put her through this just to lose her to some list? He tells her she knew there would be risks and they might not find a liver donor in time. She agrees, that is why she wants them to take part of hers; shes even already been tested. He tells her a partial transplant is too risky for her. She laments that shes already lived her life .what she wants now is for Felicia and her child to have theirs. Eric refutes this about her having lived her life.
Emphatically, she tells them she is prepared to take this risk. Pointing a finger, she says, Im telling you, Doctor, if you dont do this, Ill find someone who will. I am NOT going to let her die.
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