B&B Transcript Thursday, December 21, 2023

Bold & The Beautiful Transcript


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Bridget: It’s really hard to see my father lying here like this. Hey, um thank you so much for letting me help you take care of him.

Finn: Of course. I’m glad we got to work together.

Bridget: Me too.

Bridget: Um, I was hoping to see some improvement today. I already looked at his chart and…

Finn: His temperature went up last night.

Bridget: Yeah, I saw that. I… I– I’m really worried about pneumonia, finn.

Finn: Yeah. Me too. I scheduled a meeting with the pulmonologist.

Bridget: Oh, good. Thank you.

Finn: The sooner we get him off that ventilator, the better.

Bridget: The question is, can he breathe on his own?

Steffy: I begged you to keep granddad alive. I just wasn’t ready to let him go.

Ridge: None of us were.

Steffy: Yeah, but he gave you medical power of attorney. Taking him off life support. That was, that was your choice and I pressured you not to do it.

Ridge: All right. Yours wasn’t the only voice.

Brooke: So did I, so did donna. We all pleaded with ridge to give eric one last chance.

Steffy: Well, what if we made a mistake? Seeing him last night, seeing him all in those tubes and the ventilator, I just.. maybe he was ready to go. Yes, we did bring him back in the recovery room, but… was it wrong that we didn’t let him go peacefully?

Zende: Luna?

Luna: Oh, hey, I was just thinking about eric and how wonderful he is.

Zende: He’s the best. I got to see him this morning.

Luna: How’s he doing?

Zende: Same

Luna: Sorry, zende.

Zende: The longer this goes on, the more I worry about my grandfather,

Zende: I just sat there in the hospital talking to him. Holding his hand.

Luna: I’m sure he heard you, felt your presence.

Zende: There’s so much more I should have said to him while he was here.

Luna: Your grandpa knows how much you love him.

Zende: Yeah, I know. I just wish there was something I could do for him. I wanted to finish his collection, but ridge already asked rj to help him. I– I don’t want to get in the middle of the two of them. It’s– it isn’t the same.

Luna: That’s tough, zende. I feel for you. I can see how that’s frustrating.

Ridge: Ultimately, it was my decision. I gave finn the go ahead.

Steffy: But we pushed you into saying yes.

Brooke: We all knew the risks. Finn made no promises.

Steffy: Yeah, exactly. There’s no guarantees. And I have faith in my husband, but he can only do what he can do. I mean the rest is just–

Ridge: Hey, the rest’s out of our hands.

Steffy: But, dad, it kills me to just think that granddad is suffering.

Finn: You heard what the respiratory specialist said.

Bridget: Um… yeah. Uh-huh. She’s– she’s afraid of infection.

Finn: Look, eric’s at risk for all kinds of complications. Blood clots, pulmonary edema, R.A.D.S.

Bridget: Yeah. We both know the drill. The longer he’s immobile and on a ventilator, the higher the chances that he won’t make it.

Finn: There’s no alternative, bridget. We’re at a critical part in eric’s recovery.

Bridget: I mean, they did say that he should be able to breathe on his own, right? You and I both know the risks at his age and his condition. My fear is if we do not do this today… it’ll be too late.

Finn: So, we’re in agreement.

Bridget: Yes.

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Zende: Everything that I love about designing, I learned from granddad.

Luna: It shows and you definitely inherited some of his swag too

[ Luna chuckling ]

Zende: That is a huge compliment. Granddad is the man I admire the most, besides my dad. It’s, uh, it’s granddad. He– he is the man. I feel so powerless. I can’t heal his body, but I could be putting this fire onto paper.

Luna: Yeah. But you’re not getting the opportunity.

Zende: No and I don’t need it for the status or the prestige. I just want to do it to be able to give back to granddad. That’s all. But this is a stressful time for the family. We all just want him to come home. Like I– the last thing I want is to be butting heads with ridge.

Luna: Yeah, but you feel passed over for rj.

Zende: The only thing that matters right now is granddad coming home to all of us.

Finn: Eric can’t continue like this much longer. It’s time to extubate.

Bridget: Obviously, that would be the best possible outcome.

Bridget: There is risk. There could be loss of airway protection, ventilatory muscle fatigue

Finn: Gas relay exchange. Yeah. It’s concerning, bridget, admittedly, but so was keeping him intubated. We have to weigh the risks.

Bridget: I don’t know. What if he stops breathing altogether? I wish you would just wake up and tell me what you want me to do.

Finn: Look, if we move forward today, you might be able to hear his voice again.

Bridget: Well, he certainly wouldn’t want to live like this. Incapacitated and trapped in his own body. You know what? You’re right. Let’s do this.

Finn: Okay.

Bridget: I’m gonna go reach out to ridge and the rest of the family and tell them.

Finn: I’ll stay here. I’ll recheck his vitals.

Steffy: I fought so hard to get finn to do this surgery on granddad. But now I’m questioning myself.

Ridge: Well, it’s too late for that. It’s done.

Brooke: We can’t give up faith that eric’s gonna make it through this.

Steffy: I believe he’s going to, I want to. But I have to be realistic. I mean, dad, you were right. What kind of life awaits granddad if he does survive? Like one on feeding tubes and a ventilator. Really?

Ridge: It better not be.

Brooke: I found stephanie’s bible. I’m gonna read you what she marked. “Then they cried to the lord in their trouble and he saved them from their distress. He sent out his word and healed them. He rescued them from the grave. Let them give thanks to the lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.”

[ Phone ringing ]

Ridge: Bridget. Hey, is there any news?

Bridget: He’s still unconscious. Uh, finn and I just met with dad’s pulmonologist and we’re very concerned about the risk of infection and pneumonia and a multitude of other things. We want to try to take him off the ventilator.

Ridge: But, isn’t that too soon? Do you think he can handle it?

Bridget: Theoretically? Ridge, I cannot give you a definitive answer in his state. Just– I need you at the hospital.

Ridge: On my way.

Brooke: What did bridget say?

Ridge: They want to take dd off the ventilator.

Brooke: What?

Ridge: We gotta go.

Steffy: They don’t think he’s going to make it?

Ridge: I don’t know. Let’s go.

Steffy: Oh, my god.

Finn: All right, eric, you can do this. I need you to breathe on your own.

Zende okay. All right. Thank you. All right, bye. That was ridge. He and brooke and steffy are headed to the hospital.

Luna: Did– did something happen to your granddad?

Zende: They want to take him off the ventilator.

Luna: Already?

Zende: Ridge says that there’s the danger of pneumonia.

Luna: On top of everything else that eric’s dealing with?

Zende: I mean, granddad, he’s been unconscious for days. I just hope that he’s still able to breathe by himself.

Luna: Well, hopefully, this is positive news, right? It’s another step towards eric’s recovery.

Zende: I hope so. I mean, finn is in charge of the case. Bridget is there too.

Luna: Yeah. Eric’s in great hands.

Zende: I trust that they’re doing what’s best for granddad. What’s in his interest. I don’t think they would be taking this risk if it wasn’t the best move.

Luna: Zende, this is so much for you to deal with. I mean, especially during the holidays. Is there anything I can do?

Zende: Honestly, you just being here is enough. You calming my nerves, just letting me vent. You are… I mean, you have this way about you. You’re just so chill and relaxed. You’re never judgmental. You’re so genuine, smart, charming lady.

Luna: Okay. Okay. Now, you’re making my head big.

Zende: No, seriously, you have all the best qualities you can hope for in a person. I can see why rj’s crazy about you.

Ridge: Hey. Dr. Finnegan?

Nurse: Yes, mr. Forrester. I’ll let him know you’re here.

Ridge: Thank you.

Brooke: Donna texted. She’s down at the chapel for a bit.

Ridge: Well, maybe she’s got the right idea. Doing the right thing is just– it’s just too much of a gamble.

Brooke: He made it through the procedure, so I have to believe he’s going to make it through this.

Steffy: Are we putting him through more pain and suffering? Should we have let him go with dignity? I mean, he already crossed over. Maybe that’s what he wanted.

Ridge: We can’t think about that right now.

Steffy: Look, maybe the treatment did work, dad. Or say it does work? What, he’s gonna be around for us? A few more days of misery? Really?

Ridge: Steffy.

Steffy: Oh, my god.

Ridge: One step at a time.

Brooke: Look, finn and bridget wouldn’t have suggested this if they didn’t think that it was absolutely necessary for eric to breathe on his own. So, we have to be positive about this. We know eric’s strong. He’s survived so much. He is gonna survive this. We just have to believe in his strength and his resiliency.

Steffy: How– how’s he doing?

Finn: Um, well, as bridget told you over the phone, we want to remove him from the ventilator.

Ridge: And you’re sure this is the right move?

Bridget: It’s the only move we’ve got.

Zende: For real though, luna. Everyone here adores you.

Luna: Well, the feeling is definitely mutual.

Zende: Well, I’m glad that you’ve had such a positive experience.

Luna: I wasn’t expecting all this, though. You know, I was just hoping to come in, work hard and make a good impression, but it has been so much more meaningful than I could have ever imagined. I mean, I’ve actually formed real relationships and friendships like with you and eric. Everyone has gone out of their way to make me feel welcome. Like guys, seriously, I am just an intern.

Zende: You are not just an intern. You are an amazing addition to forrester creations. You’ve been so great with my grandfather. It means the world to my whole family.

Luna: It was an absolute honor to be in the same presence as eric. Like to get the opportunity to learn from someone so kind and brilliant.

Zende: Well, he is a big fan of yours as well. I mean, we all are. No one as much as my cousin, of course. Rj’s is a smart guy. He saw something special in you. He is very lucky to have you.

Finn: Any change in his vitals?

Nurse: His blood pressure is down.

Steffy: That doesn’t sound good.

Brooke: Hi, eric. It’s brooke. We’re all here for you and donna is down at the chapel, so she’ll be back soon. Finn and bridget, they’re doing everything they possibly can for you. You’d be so proud of our little girl. I just want you to know that we’re here for you. We’ll always be here for you. We love you so much. Oh, mom. I promise, we’re doing everything we can for him.

Brooke: I know, sweetheart. I know.

Steffy: Granddad. It’s me, steffy. I really hope you can hear me. I’m so sorry, but we couldn’t let you go. We’re just not ready to say goodbye and I just pray that you are not upset with us. I can’t do that. I can’T. I can’T.

Ridge: Steffy’s right. We wanted to exhaust every possibility because we didn’t want to lose you. And you know what? Maybe we were wrong. Maybe this is not your time to go. Maybe there’s some kind of miracle that can give you back the life you want. On your terms. Not attached to machines and wires and that’s why we’re here. I wanted to… and I want to talk to you about that ’cause… the doctors want to take you off the ventilator. They want you to breathe on your own. And we want that too and I know you want that because that– that means you get to be closer to running around and singing and dancing and creating things and drinking martinis with me. I know it’s scary, but you’re not alone. Look, you’ve– you’ve got your family, you’ve got your kids, your grandkids. You’ve got fans all over the world pulling for you. But you have to fight. You have to want this. So, if you do want this, you gotta show us a sign.

Steffy: Look, he’s moving his eyes.

Finn: Eric. Eric. Can you– can you hear us?

Steffy: Oh, my god. His eyes are moving.

Bridget: Dad. Daddy. Can you hear us?

Ridge: Dad? I know you’re in there. I know you can hear us. I know you can finn and bridget, they want to take this ventilator off. Are you ready for that? Are you ready?

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