B&B Transcript Thursday, August 24, 2023

Bold & The Beautiful Transcript


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[ Dramatic music ]

Hope: I lost my way and made some choices that were… very unlike me and I can’t change it. But, what hasn’t changed are my feelings for you. I mean, I’ll always love you, Liam. Watching you with our daughter at her birthday, it just made me realize just… how much this is worth fighting for. It’s worth the effort to try to hold our family together. And so, while we have this moment in time, before it is too late, I just wanted to know, um… if it really is over between us.

Finn: Thanks for seeing me.

Steffy: Of course, I’d see you. You’re my husband.

Finn: Well, it’s just, you know, we’re in such limbo and then things, well, they seemed uncertain.

Steffy: I know. I hate that.

Finn: Then, let’s fix it. I mean, I– I miss you and the kids beyond words. I mean I– I walk into our empty house and it– it hurts so much that it takes my breath away. I wanna hold my wife. I wanna feel you sleeping next to me. I wanna read Kelly and Hayes a bedtime story. I want them to have them beg for another one before I tuck them in. Look, I am so sorry for everything that happened, but you need to let me make it right. Can you please come home?

Ridge: Hey, Dad. What are you doing here?

Eric: Sitting at my desk. Do I have to constantly remind you that this is my desk?

Ridge: No. It’s– it’s your desk. Always will be.

Eric: It’s my office, right? You know, you’re avoiding me. You know what I’m talking about.

Ridge: Dad, are you nuts? I haven’t been avoiding you. I’ve just been busy with work and this whole thing with Steffy, Sheila being around.

Eric: Oh, we’ve all been worried about Steffy. All of us are worried about her, but she– she moved out of the cliff house and she’s perfectly safe with me, you know that.

Ridge: I do know that. I appreciate you taking her in.

Eric: Yeah, well, your appreciation doesn’t cover the fact that you’ve been avoiding me. I mean, what is it? Have you decided I’m no longer a vital part of this– this business I created, Forrester Creations? Because I am, you know.

Finn: I– I’ve been texting and calling and… you haven’t responded.

[ Steffy sighing ]

Steffy: I know. I’m– I’m sorry. I guess I haven’t really figured out what– what to say.

Finn: How about you say “I love you” and… you love our family because I know that’s how you feel.

Steffy: Finn, of course I do. That hasn’t changed.

Liam: Ah, wow. Um… it’s really nice to hear you… hear you say those things, I mean, about losing your way with Thomas.

Hope: Just trying to take accountability, Liam.

Liam: And that’s– that’s great, but you– I mean, you know how much everyone admires you and loves you.

Hope: Do you? Do you still feel that way about me?

Eric: You know, our designs together, our… our collaborations, they’ve all been so successful and part of the most celebrated collections ever.

Ridge: I learned from the best.

[ Eric chuckling ]

Eric: Simple. Classic. Pure. And each one with just a little… a little twist. That became our calling card. Just a little twist and a surprise that you didn’t think was coming.

Ridge: Yes. You created a legacy, Dad.

Eric: Yeah. I wanna do one more. I wanna do a new collection. The most sophisticated, elegant couture collection that Forrester has ever done.

Ridge: Really?

Eric: Yeah.

Ridge: You’re aiming pretty high there.

Eric: You don’t think I could do it.

Ridge: Didn’t say you couldn’t do it, I just–

Eric: Yeah, well, I’m gonna do it. I have great ideas. I just need to get them all down on paper. I need to do that right away. Are– are you even hearing me?

Ridge: I’m– I’m hearing you. No, no, no. I got it. I’m hearing you. Just don’t know where it’s landing yet because you– look. You’ve inspired me my whole life with your drive and– and– and your talent. And I think, maybe, you should now inspire another generation, your great-grandkids. This is time that’s never gonna come back to you. So relax.

[ Phone chiming ]

Ridge: Sorry. Take it easy. You deserve it.

Steffy: Please, don’t ever doubt my love for you, Finn. We have been through so much, but I am still in shock about what happened at the beach with Kelly, and I still don’t understand why you were hugging Sheila.

Finn: Look, I haven’t heard from Sheila since that day at the beach.

Steffy: Finn, that makes me even more nervous. When Sheila is quiet, that is when she’s the most dangerous.

Finn: Okay, I won’t let her near you or the kids.

Steffy: I wanna believe that, Finn, I really do.

Finn: Steffy, you can, okay? Don’t doubt that.

Steffy: But your connection with her. Your vulnerability and her determination to be part of your life and Hayes’ life. That is why I’m here, Finn. I had to take the kids. I needed to protect them.

Finn: Okay, I know, okay? And I understand your perspective. But I need my wife and I need my family. I can’t spend another night away from you.

Liam: Of course, I love you. I’ll always love you. I’ll always… admire you. I mean, you– you’re an incredible person. It’s just– it’s just, a lot has happened, you know?

Hope: I know. I know and I am– I’m sorry. I’m sorry for my part in that.

Liam: And I believe you. And I’m sorry for mine. But, it’s like you said, Thomas is a one woman man and I’m… …not.

Hope: And I do deserve to be with someone who doesn’t have a divided heart.

Liam: Yeah, you do.

Hope: But I also realize I might have brought that up to try and justify what I did with Thomas.

Liam: Wow. Um… I mean, I– I appreciate that. Maybe it was just a– a rationalization after the fact, but… you weren’t wrong about me and my history.

Hope: Okay, but… what I’m asking, what I want to know is if you think that is something we can work through together and– and– and grow together and move past, because, Liam, I just want to make sure that, that we are very clear about these next steps moving forward and that this is not going to be something that we regret doing. That what we had didn’t just disappear overnight. And if we wanted to, Liam, we could work to reunite our family.

Liam: Can I– okay. Um, can I ask you something, or maybe ask you– ask you to ask yourself something? You said that– that it always felt like Steffy was this third person in our relationship, right? I mean… did it feel like that? Even during the good years? The years that I was completely devoted to you without incident? Because if it did, how do you know that Steffy wouldn’t always be there, right? In the same way that– that Thomas would probably always be there for me.

Eric: So, you think I should just take it easy.

Ridge: Yes, you deserve it.

Eric: Yeah, what I deserve is a viable spot in this company.

Ridge: Dad, you are this company. No one ever said otherwise.

Eric: Yeah, but what you’re saying is my contributions are not needed anymore.

Ridge: That’s not what I’m saying at all. I’m saying that the people that you picked, the people that you hired and trained are doing what you asked them to do. They’re running this company the way that you wanted to. We have– we have new clientele, we have more contemporary designs, and it’s working. And you, you should enjoy that. Just go play golf or learn how to be better at pickleball so you can beat donna.

Eric: So, I should just ride off into the sunset?

Ridge: No– no, I’m not–

Eric: I’m not some old dinosaur, you know, Ridge. I may not pick up the pencil and sketch as much as I used to when I was a young man, but that doesn’t mean I’ve lost my touch.

Hope: Well, that’s… kind of a difficult question for me to answer. I mean, how do I feel about Steffy? I mean, really, isn’t that a question for you to answer? I mean, I know you’ve seen her recently, so… I– where– where do the two of you stand, Liam? How do you feel about Steffy?

Liam: You– you know this already. My feelings are… really complicated right now. Hey, look. We could– we could talk about Steffy, we could talk about Thomas, but maybe right now, we just keep it here.

Hope: Okay then. What I want to know, Liam, is do you want to make this work? Do we try to hold this together for Beth? I mean, I know I messed up, Liam. I know I did and I’m sorry, but I– I can’t– I can’t take it back.

Liam: No, I suppose you can’t. I love you… and I… loved our life together. But I’m supposed to be honest with myself right now, right? I’m not gonna be able to do it. I’m not gonna be able to forget and I’m not gonna be able to forgive. Not you and Thomas.

Finn: I mean, just think about everything that we have overcome to be together. I’m never gonna stop fighting for you, Steffy.

Steffy: Finn, I never wanted us to be apart.

Finn: We don’t have to be, okay?

Steffy: But Sheila won’t stop.

Finn: I understand why you don’t feel safe at home right now, but we don’t have to stay there. Look, I could– I could move in here… okay, and we could be together again as a family. I know you miss that. I know you miss me. Steffy, all I wanna do is hold you in my arms and protect you, so please, let me help you feel safe again. Let me remind you why we fought so hard for each other, why we’re meant to be together. I miss you and the kids more than anything in the world and I can’t spend another night away from my wife and children.

Ridge: Dad, what’s going on? No one’s putting you out to pasture.

Eric: No, no. Golf, pickleball, anything to keep me out of this building, out of this business that I created.

Ridge: Well, I don’t know what I said, but I didn’t mean to offend you.

Eric: Yeah, well, you did. I am just a little offended. You mean to replace me, that’s what you mean. You know, you need to be careful, Ridge. I’ve been in this game a lot longer than you have.

Ridge: Okay.

Eric: You can’t just put me off in a corner some place and dust me off and bring me out once in a while to give yourself some credibility.

Ridge: Oh, okay. That’s– wow. I didn’t mean to be disrespectful.

Eric: Well, it was. It was very disrespectful.

Ridge: What are you looking for?

Eric: I’m looking for my stapler.

Ridge: Your stapler?

Eric: Yeah. My stapler. The stapler has been here for like, 50 years, on my desk. My desk. It’s my stapler and I don’t know where it is.

Ridge: All right, well, your stapler stopped working about 20 years ago, so.

Eric: Where is it?

Ridge: I don’t know. Probably got thrown out. We got you a new one.

Eric: Thrown out? My stapler? You threw out my stapler out because it’s old and it’s worn out a little bit? You threw it away? You gonna do that with me too, Ridge?

Hope: So, this is it then? You can’t forgive me.

Liam: I’m sorry.

Hope: No, I’m– I’m sorry, Liam. I’m sorry. Uh… I– I just, I think I misread it. Um… but at least now we know, right? I love you, Liam.

Liam: I love you, too.

Finn: Look, I know I’ve made mistakes, Steffy, and I own them. I’m not gonna make any excuses for what happened with Sheila. It’s– it’s inexcusable. But you have to give me, you have to give us another chance, okay? You said you love me.

Steffy: I do.

Finn: Okay, then let’s work through this, honey. Together.

Steffy: We can’t ignore Sheila. The threat she poses.

Finn: Okay, I will never let her harm you or the children again. You can trust me. Come back to me. Look, we lost each other once, but we found our way back, right? I mean, remember Monaco. Think about Monaco. You remember what it was like when we were reunited.

[ Bell tolling ]

Finn: You remember. I know you do. When we were able to hold each other again.

Steffy: Of course I remember. I thought you were dead. I thought I never was– I thought I never was gonna see you again. It was a miracle.

Finn: Yeah, it was. To have my arms around you and to see the look in your eyes. That’s when I knew there was nothing that was ever gonna keep us apart, not even death. I just– I love you. I love you so much, Steffy, and I can’t lose you, okay? So tell me that you feel the same way. Tell me that you never want to be apart again.

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