Bold & The Beautiful Transcript
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[ Dramatic music ]
Finn: Uh– douglas wrote– wrote down your name?
Steffy: Believe me, I am just as shocked as you are.
Finn: Th– this was supposed to be a custody hearing. Thomas convinced the court to let douglas choose who he lives with, so–
Steffy: Yes, and he chose me. Us.
Finn: Is this for real? Steffy, you– your nephew’s very sweet, I know he loves spending time here with kelly and hayes, but–
Steffy: Now, he wants to live with us. He wants to be part of our family.
Hope: Steffy? Why did douglas choose steffy? He’s– he’s grown up with us. I’m his mom.
Liam: Yeah. And you always will be. That hasn’t changed, and it’s not going to.
Hope: But that was the entire point of going to court, liam, was to finally–
Liam: I know.
Hope: Get rid of the confusion around where he belongs.
Liam: I know, okay. Just– listen– listen for a second. Things didn’t go our way, but they didn’t go thomas’s way, either. And this isn’t over.
Hope: It’s my fault.
Liam: It’s n– no.
Liam: It’s not– it’s not your fault.
Hope: Yes, it is.
Liam: Douglas loves you. He loves us. He made that so clear, hope.
Hope: Douglas is still a little boy, and we’re the adults. We’re his parents. I mean, how– how did we agree to let him choose his own guardian?
Liam: It wasn’t your idea to let douglas choose, it was thomas’S. He’s the one who pushed the issue, he’s the one who set up the meeting, and besides– we had a really good reason for being confident douglas would choose us.
Hope: So what? Now this is karmic payback? Punishment for being overly confident?
Liam: N– it’s not– no! It’s not karma, it’s not punishment, it’s just us trusting douglas to know what he needs, that’s it.
Hope: Yeah, well, now we have to trust his aunt to take care of him.
Liam: Yeah! For a little while, though. I me– steffy doesn’t want this. She doesn’t wanna take douglas from us. She told us that.
Hope: Yeah. I know, she was just as stunned as we were.
Hope: And I get why she felt like she couldn’t say no.
Liam: Exactly, ’cause it– no– nobody here wants douglas to feel rejected at this moment in his life. That’s why. That’s why steffy agrees. Maybe it is a good idea that he stay with her for a little while.
Steffy: I know it’s shocking.
Finn: No, it’s– it’s– it’s confusing. Douglas has devoted parents. Hope and thomas both wanna raise him.
Steffy: But he wants to live with us.
Finn: Why? What happened? Did thomas and hope get into it at the courthouse?
Steffy: No. No, nothing like that. The things they said were actually quite touching. It’s obvious how much they care about him.
Finn: You know, see, I thought for sure douglas would choose to stay with hope and liam.
Steffy: I– I was certain thomas was giving his son away.
Finn: Well, to you, apparently.
Steffy: Nobody expected this. I know it’s a lot to process. I told douglas that we would talk more, but first and foremost, we need to figure out if this is something we can do. What do you think? How do you feel about douglas living with us?
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Liam: Yes, obviously I agree the best place for douglas is here, with us.
Hope: I agree. But steffy clearly doesn’T.
Liam: That’s– that’s not what she was saying, though.
Hope: Yeah, she thinks it’s best if douglas stays with her for a while.
Liam: Yeah, for a while! For a little while. And it’s because none of us want douglas to feel rejected, not because she thinks that you and I aren’t capable of caring for him. Everyb– everybody knows how much he means to us.
Hope: Yeah. But just the fact that he wants to go live with someone else. I mean, why? Why did he choose steffy over us?
Liam: I don’t know.
Hope: Part of me really wants to ask him. But I know how that would come across, and douglas just needs to feel unconditionally loved right now.
Hope: That doesn’t matter, what he says or does. It– nothing will change that.
Liam: Right. Right. And that– and that we’re his family, and this is his home.
Hope: Yeah. Well, maybe it won’t be. What if it’s not what he wants? I mean, we only just got him back, liam.
Liam: Th– this isn’t permanent, it– it’s– it’s just that we’re all blindsided by it, and there’s a lot to sort out.
Hope: Well, the priority needs to be douglas.
Hope: No, but we need to do what’s best for him.
Liam: Yeah. And you know something? Steffy feels exactly the same way. She– she loves douglas, but she didn’t walk in to court thinking she was gonna walk out his guardian.
Hope: Look, I– I understand that steffy is in a difficult position. I mean, no one wants douglas to feel abandoned or unloved, but at the same time, does that really mean that we just have to blindly go along with whatever he wants?
Steffy: Should have seen douglas’s face, asking if I didn’t want him here.
Finn: I get it, steffy, okay? It’s just… this is not a simple decision.
Steffy: I told him that. I tried to explain. But I was completely caught off guard. Thankfully, the judge and liam took douglas out, so hope, thomas and I could talk.
Finn: How did hope take it?
Steffy: She was beside herself.
Finn: I bet.
Steffy: At first, she wanted me to say no, but then she realized what this could do to douglas, how it’d make him feel. And as his mother, she doesn’t want to cause him any pain.
Finn: Even if that meant letting him go?
Steffy: She agreed to let douglas decide. I’m not saying she deserves this. She’s devastated.
Finn: Well, I’m sure she was certain that he would pick her.
Steffy: I don’t know why he didn’T. There must be a reason. My gut says, “trust that.” But I needed to talk to you first because this isn’t just my decision. So, what do you think? I know it’s a lot. Totally unexpected.
Finn: Look, douglas is a great kid, and I hate that he’s having to make these grown up decisions, and that his dad has put him in this awful position. Again. But this– this isn’t about douglas needing a place to stay, okay? We would be putting ourselves and our family right in the middle of his parents’ drama. Steffy, we have been through so much. And thankfully, we are okay. We are healthy. We are secure. And I am incredibly grateful for that. I was– I was just telling my mom how blessed I feel. And how you, kelly and hayes are everything that I could have ever wanted.
Steffy: I feel the same way.
Finn: Well, I don’t want anyone or anything to disrupt that again.
Steffy: So, you’re saying having douglas here, that could disrupt things–
Finn: Uh, uh, uh, no– douglas, he is a sweet, sweet little boy, and I love having him around, and I know how much kelly and hayes love having him. But he’s not our son. And he’s not alone in the world. This– this isn’T… like when he lost his mom, and hope stepped up and adopted him. Douglas has a stable home. All right? He has devoted parents. And he has thomas. He isn’t a perfect father, but hope and liam more than make up for that. So tell me you understand, tell me you hear what I’m saying.
Hope: Why? Why did I listen to thomas? What– what on earth was I thinking?
Liam: Hey, I know– I know hindsight is 20/20, but you’re talking about this as if it was a gamble. It was not a gamble. Douglas told us he would rather live with us and beth.
Hope: Oh, beth. How are we going to explain this to her? She views douglas as her brother.
Liam: Yeah, and– and kelly is her half-sister. They don’t live together, but they couldn’t possibly be any closer.
Hope: Except he won’t be here. Liam, you know it won’t be the same. And beth, she is so attached to him. You know she’s going to be devastated if he leaves here again. It was already so hard, having to explain to her why douglas was over at eric’s, and we had to keep reminding her that it was just temporary, only this time, it might not be. It feels like our family’s getting torn apart.
Liam: Hey. Hope. Can you look at me? Please, look at me. Nothing is getting torn apart. Douglas could be on the moon and he’d be just as connected to us. That is– that is family. That’s what family means.
Hope: Beth and douglas are children. And they need to feel secure. They need to feel safe, and they need to feel protected, and what have we told them? We told them that harm would never come to our family.
Liam: We– harm will not come to our– that’s not what this is. Wha– this is us feeling unprepared. It was a surprise, right? And there’s a lot to sort through. That’s– that’s all this is.
Hope: Yeah, well you heard the judge. She wants us to go along with what douglas asks.
Liam: Yeah, I know, but you– you also know that she knows this is more complicated than packing a suitcase.
Hope: Can’t even think about that. Going into his room and not seeing him there. Not being able to hear him reading beth a bedtime story. No more new projects on the table, or muddy shoes at the door. Douglas going to live with steffy just feels like it’s creating this giant hole, not only in our family, but in my heart.
Liam: I know.
Steffy: I will never take
you, our love, and our family
because honestly, I am–
I didn’t really believe in–
in miracles, until today.
Seeing you there
at the church.
Did you know that you were
coming back to me
and our family?
I love you.
Both: I love you.
Finn: I love you so much,
[ Both murmuring ]
[ Steffy sighing ]
Steffy: Kelly and hayes fell asleep watching a movie. They’re in bed now.
Finn: I could have helped.
Steffy: Oh, no. It was– it was easy. I hear you regarding the whole douglas situation. I get it.
Finn: Look, and– and I sympathize with douglas, having thomas as a father.
Steffy: I do believe thomas wants to do better.
Finn: Hun, douglas isn’t ready to give him that chance yet.
Steffy: I think that’s one of the reasons douglas looks up to you. The compassion he feels. You’re the kind of man people look up to. Trust.
Finn: Well, I’m glad I can be that for him.
Steffy: Can’t be surprised that he wants to spend time with us.
Finn: Yeah, but living here, that’s– that’s different.
Steffy: But we said he’s always welcome.
Finn: And he is. It’s just, steffy, we are not his parents.
Steffy: But he can rely on us. I– I’m not saying he can’t count on hope, or– or liam. He can. And he loves them with all his heart. And despite everything thomas has done to mess up their relationship, I know douglas loves him too. I just feel like it’s a lot. Maybe he– maybe he needs a break.
Steffy: Yeah. Okay. What if douglas lives with us temporarily? He’s a little boy, he’s gonna miss his mom. And once he gets it out of his system, he’s gonna want to go back home. So, what do you think? Are you willing to open up our family to douglas for a little while? Nexgard is the flea and tick protection Douglas is s feels heard.
Finn: You wanna let douglas stay for a while?
Steffy: I suggested it to hope so douglas feels heard. Hey, once he realizes he wants to go home, he can. We would have to meet with the judge again to straighten everything out. Just, douglas is such a sweet, innocent little boy. I don’t want him to feel rejected or unwanted. I’m not saying he’s gonna live with us permanently. We don’t have to decide tonight. We can sit with it. Think it over, and if you wanna meet with thomas, hope, and liam, we can. You have a big, loving, generous heart. I know there’s room in there for douglas, too.
Hope: I get it, I get it. Douglas doesn’t want to be fought over.
Liam: I don’t think it’s that. I think it’s more that he doesn’t want to hurt you or his dad.
Hope: All right, liam, we’re the adults here. We’re the ones who should be taking care of him. He shouldn’t be worrying about us.
Liam: I know, but… it’s douglas. You know how he is.
Hope: So what, he thinks he’d just be happier living over at steffy’s, and more secure?
Liam: I, uh, well– I, you know, he’s been spending a lot of time over there. Maybe he just feels comfortable.
Hope: Liam, this is his home.
Liam: I’d– hope, I’m not– I don’t want him walking out that door any more than you do. I’m just saying.
Hope: Okay, so then we shouldn’t let it happen.
Liam: No, no. We have to let it happen. We have to. Because we promised him we would respect his decision. We renege on that, he’s never gonna trust us again. And you understand that.
Hope: I understand that. Doesn’t mean I have to like it, or that makes it any easier.
Liam: I know, I know. But think of it this– may– maybe, maybe steffy’s thought here is– is a good one, which is you think long term, he comes over to her place, he has like a little mini-vacation at aunt steffy’s, it’s like party time, right? We see how he likes it. But he’s still a kid. And in a few weeks, he’s gonna get homesick, and he’s gonna want to come back.
Hope: Only what if he doesn’t? What if he doesn’t want to? What if he stays, liam? It could be just like the hearing all over again, where we assume we know the outcome. And then, it backfires. Like, liam, uh– douglas is just as much a part of me as beth is, and I know I didn’t give birth to him, but I love him just as much. He is my child in every way that counts, and… I can’t lose him. He’s our son, and– and I can’t lose douglas. I can’T.