B&B Transcript Wednesday, September 20, 2023

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[ Relaxing music ]

Douglas: I hate seeing you so sad, Mom. If you could find a way to give Dad another chance, I know we would make a happy family.

Hope: Sweetheart…

Finn: Come on in. Um, you want something to drink?

Li: Oh, no. I’m good, thanks.

Finn: So, um, what brings you by?

Li: What, I can’t come and check on my son?

Finn: No, of course you can. Thanks, it’s, um– it’s good to see you. This– this house has been pretty quiet.

Li: Have you talked to Steffy?

Finn: Yeah. Yeah, of course. She’s my wife, I talk to the kids and her as much as possible. I just– I miss ’em so much, it hurts, you know.

Li: Well, to think this is all because of Sheila.

Deacon: I’m so, so sorry. We can’t do this.

Sheila: You know what? Your words are saying that, but your body is saying something different.

Deacon: No, no, no, no. Sheila, no. Come on. This is– this is wrong. I gotta–

Sheila: What? Be a good boy?

Deacon: Yes!

Sheila: That’s too bad because I like you so much better when you’re naughty.

Li: How does Steffy seem when you talk to her?

Finn: I don’t know. Um… I mean, I wouldn’t– I wouldn’t say distant, but it’s a little tough to gauge. It’s also difficult to have a real conversation when the kids are on the call.

Li: Then you must make time for just you and Steffy. You can’t get complacent now, Finn. Not if you want the situation to be temporary.

Finn: No, I’m– I’m– I’m not, Mom. Okay, Steffy knows how much I love her and I know that she loves me, too.

Li: Then remind her of that. Make sure she knows that you’ll keep Sheila out of your lives, so she feels safe to come home. Finn, you have to know that any contact with Sheila right now will drive Steffy away for good.

Sheila: Wow.

Deacon: What?

Sheila: You are wow. I do want you to know, though, I– I do understand the dilemma, the situation. It– it’s not easy for you.

Deacon: You know, for the first time in a long time, Sheila, I’ve got something to lose. But that doesn’t mean I don’t care about you.

Sheila: Yeah, I know. I know you’ve– you have done so much for me time and time again, I don’t even deserve it. And it means so much to me. You mean so much to me.

Deacon: Sheila, if anyone finds out about us, I’m done. I could lose Hope. I could lose my daughter.

Hope: What do you say we get out of here, grab a bite to eat?

Douglas: Can Dad come?

Hope: Why don’t you ask him yourself? He’s standing right behind you.

Douglas: How long have you been standing there?

Thomas: Just a minute.

Douglas: Heard what I said?

Thomas: Yeah. I don’t deserve such an amazing kid. Thank you for saying what you did. Thank you for believing in me, having faith. I did things in the past and things you shouldn’t forgive me for, but you are somehow able to look past them. I think that’s beautiful. I’m so grateful for you. And to hear you say that I’ve moved past those things, become a better person? You have no idea what that means to me. Come on.

Thomas: Thanks, bud. Hearing you say that, you believe I’ve changed, it means so much to me. You’re my son. Being a father to you is the most important thing in the world. I love you so much.

Douglas: I love you too, Dad. You’re a good dad. You’ve changed. I believe it.

Hope: That’s an important lesson to learn in life, right? No matter how old you are that you can be capable of growing and changing situations in your life and yourself. You can find forgiveness.

Douglas: That’s what I asked Mommy to do. To find some forgiveness, for you, so we could all be a family.

Thomas: Yeah, look, I promise, I– I didn’t–

Douglas: Don’t worry, Dad. I made sure Mommy knew that you didn’t ask me to say any of those things. I thought of it all on my own.

Thomas: Yeah.

Hope: Well, of course you did because you are very, very smart.

Douglas: I hate that Mommy’s so sad. I know she’s unhappy because Liam left. But we can fix that as a family. Right, Dad?

[ Thomas chuckling ]

Sheila: Hey, I probably understand better than anyone this relationship that you have with Hope. The love and– and connection because that’s what I feel with Finn.

Deacon: Okay, Sheila, there’s some fundamental differences between your relationship with Finn and my relationship with Hope.

Sheila: No, you still had to– to fight for that love and acceptance just like I am right now with Finn.

Deacon: Okay. That’s– that’s true. But I– I didn’t have quite the uphill climb. I mean, there’s that little incident with you shooting Finn and his wife. There’s that.

Sheila: You keep saying that, but it was an accident.

Deacon: Your version of accidents can be lethal.

Sheila: I would never intentionally hurt my son. And one day, he’s gonna realize that. He’s going to know how much I love him. I’m– I’m not walking away from him, Deacon. And I don’t think he wants me to. And with Steffy gone, out of the picture. I will be in my son’s life.

Li: I don’t blame Steffy for leaving. Sheila showing up at your doorstep whenever she feels like it? That has to be terrifying.

Finn: Look, I’ve told her I’ll cut Sheila completely out of my life, okay? I’ve– I’ve told Sheila the same thing.

Li: She won’t listen to you, Finn. You’re a smart man. You’re a doctor, for God’s sake. You had to know that opening up to Sheila would be completely intolerable to Steffy. To make it worse, you gave Sheila hope. She now thinks that she has a chance to have a relationship with you.

Finn: I won’t allow it. She got the message. I– I promise you.

Li: Please. She’s never going to walk away from you. No, you have to do something. You have to take matters into your own hands.

Finn: What are you suggesting?

Li: You have to shut her down, Finn. You have to do something that guarantees Steffy that she will never have to worry about Sheila ever again.

Thomas: Look, I– I love that you think I can make your mom happy and that we can be a family, right? But Mom’s got a lot going on right now, right? So, we don’t want to put any extra pressure on her.

Hope: Oh, it’s all right. Sweetie, it’s all right. I can hear how much this means to you and I would never dismiss that. And I know how much you love your dad and me.

[ Phone dinging ]

Hope: Oh, shoot.

Thomas: You got a meeting?

Hope: Uh, not exactly. I actually was going to stop by my dad’s, but it– it can wait.

Thomas: No, no. You should go. Douglas and I will be fine. Right, bud?

Douglas: Yeah, I’m fine.

Hope: Yeah? Okay. Well, I love you and no matter what happens, we will always be a family, okay?

Finn: What exactly do you mean? I have to guarantee that Steffy will never have to worry about Sheila again?

Li: Well, you already had one opportunity to let Sheila die. You saved her life.

Finn: I had to save her like I would any other patient.

Li: Except Sheila wasn’t just any other patient. It was personal. You can’t lie to me, Finn. I know you too well because I raised you.

Finn: First, do no harm. That’s what doctors pledge. If I would have let her die, that would have gone against everything that I stand for. That’s how you raised me. It would have made me a monster.

Li: It would have made you a hero. Now, do you want to save your marriage?

Finn: Of course, I want to save my marriage. Like, what kind of question is that?

Li: Then, you have to take action. You have to find a way to convince Steffy that Sheila will never be a threat again because if you don’t, Steffy will never come back. You will lose your wife and your children forever.

Sheila: Look, nothing is standing in my way now. With Steffy out of the picture, there are no more obstacles.

Deacon: Come on, babe. Didn’t Finn tell you that he never wanted to see you again?

Sheila: It’s only because she was standing right there.

Deacon: I think you need to start listening to what he’s saying. Hear him. He’s gonna choose his wife and family over you every time. He loves her.

Sheila: He loves me. We have an unbreakable bond. I could feel it when he held me, when he had me in his arms. I didn’t force him to do that, Deacon. He did that because he wanted to because I’m his mother. I can see the love that he has for me every time I look into his eyes. I’m not imagining that.

Deacon: Look. I have no doubt that the guy’s conflicted. I mean, how could he not be? You are his mother. But he’s gonna choose his wife and his family first and you have to know that.

Sheila: No, no, she left, she took the kids and she left. She left him.

Deacon: Because you pushed her away.

Sheila: No, I didn’t. She doesn’t love him the way that she should. Not the way that I do. I– I don’t– I don’t make Finn fight for my love and affection the way that Steffy does. I can only imagine the pain that Finn is feeling this very moment. But he doesn’t have to. He doesn’t have to because he’s got me. He’s got his mother.

Li: You have to fight, Finn. You have to fight for your family! Fight for Steffy!

Finn: I am trying.

Li: You try harder!

Finn: I am doing everything that I can to get through to her, to convince her to come home. And you know what, I am not gonna give up.

Li: Those are just words, Finn. You need to go to her.

Finn: Well, she doesn’t want me to.

Li: And why do you think that is? Because of Sheila. You cannot let that woman destroy your life, Finn, and she will because she destroys everything she touches! I don’t care if she gave birth to you. She is not your mother. I am. I’m the one who rocked you to sleep and read you bedtime stories. I was the one who took you to your soccer games and wiped your tears when you fell. I’m the one who held you with love and comforted you when you had your first broken heart. I pushed you to be the best man you can be. Pushed you in school. Helped you become an accomplished doctor. That was me.

Finn: I know that, okay? And I would never, ever minimize what you did in my life, okay?

Li: That woman–

Finn: No, listen to me. I love you. You are my mother in every sense of the word.

Li: That woman has zero claim to you. She has zero claim to you and your heart. That love is mine.

Finn: I know. I know that, okay? And I love you. I love you so much.

Li: Then, how can you let her in? How can you even consider an opening for her?

Finn: Mom, I didn’t, okay? I didn’t want her here. I didn’t invite her over when Steffy saw her. I had no idea that she was gonna show up, okay? She just came on her own.

Li: You opened the doors with your thank yous and your embraces. Call her Mom. She’ll be back. It makes me sick! She will never keep her distance as long as she knows that you love her. So, Finn, you have to dig deep in your heart. Dig deep and find that twisted connection you have with her and you cut that cord forever.

Deacon: You okay?

Sheila: Yeah. I’m sorry, I just– sometimes, I– I just, I love Finn so much, I get desperate for him to see it. I’m not gonna give up, deacon. I– I’m so close to a breakthrough. I really feel it. He’s so smart and– and he’s– he’s brave and– and talented.

Deacon: Don’t forget trustworthy, handsome, loyal, honest.

Sheila: Is it so wrong for a mother to– to admire the son that she loves more than anything in this world?

Deacon: Admire? Okay, let’s go with that. No, it’s not wrong at all.

Sheila: Come on, you– you admire Hope. You respect all the accomplishments that she’s made. Why– why is that so different than what I feel for Finn?

Deacon: You’re right. I do love Hope. I love her more than anything, which is why I’m not sure that we can keep doing this, Sheila. The stakes are too high. If Brooke or Hope find out about us, they’re gonna have nothing to do with me. And, you know, now it’s like I’ve got something to lose. I mean, I could lose the restaurant. All my life, I’ve been looking for shortcuts, you know? Trying to find the angle. Not this time, not with Il Giardino. You wouldn’t want me to lose that, would you? Would you?

Sheila: No, of course I wouldn’t.

Deacon: You know, Hope’s going through a really rough time right now. She needs me and, you know, I haven’t always been there for her as a father, but I am now and I can’t mess this up. I did– I can’t– I can’t take a chance.

Sheila: So, uh, what are you saying, Daddy?

Deacon: I think you know.

[ Knocking on door ]

Hope: Dad? It’s me. Hollis said you were up here.

Deacon: Oh, my God.

Hope: Dad. Are you home?

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