B&B Transcript Wednesday, March 20, 2024

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Hope: You told thomas to end things with me? Steffy, you had no right.

Steffy: To what? Defend thomas? Protect him? If thomas is hurting, I’m gonna go to battle for him every single time.

Hope: And I never meant to hurt him, steffy. I was trying to be honest with him. That I am not ready for another marriage.

Steffy: Okay, so you’re just toying with his emotions?

Hope: You know what I think would’ve hurt him more, steffy? Is if I had accepted his proposal and not meant it. Like, the fact that you think I’m toying with him by being honest with him–

Steffy: I do think you’re toying with his emotions, I just said that. You love the attention. You love the devotion.

Hope: That is not true.

Steffy: Okay.

Hope: I am showing your brother respect by being fully honest with him. And I would hope that you would maybe appreciate the self-awareness to know that I am not yet ready for that level of commitment.

Steffy: Yeah, no, I don’t think you’re self-aware to realize that you are using him. You don’t love thomas. You never have.

Thomas: Hope didn’t accept my proposal. Am I a fool, brooke? Tell me the truth. You know your daughter the best, so… how does she really feel about me?

[ Door opens ]

Ridge: Oh, hey. What’s going on? Thomas? You all right?

Carter: You know, I gotta say, man. It feels good being here not worrying about sheila anymore.

Liam: It does. It does. Now, we get to worry about thomas instead.

Carter: You’re really concerned, aren’t you? That if hope can’t commit to thomas that he’ll, what, he’ll– he’ll lose it again?

Liam: I mean, look, I can– I can admit– I can admit that I’ve seen some apparent change in thomas. Fine. I guess. But this is– this is what he does.

Carter: Liam, liam, liam, I work with the guy every day.

Liam: I know.

Carter: There is no doubt he’s a different man than the guy he was before, all right? But you– you do– okay, you have a point. A small point, but you have a point. He is with hope now and if things end badly, how is–

Liam: How is he gonna react? Exactly. Now, I don’t wanna think the worst… actually, I do– I do wanna think the worst because I think we have very good reasons to.

Ridge: So, who’s gonna fill me in? It’s obvious something’s going on here.

Brooke: Thomas is wondering what I think about my daughter’s feelings for him.

Ridge: What you think? What do you– why do you need to know what she thinks? You know what you think. I mean, you guys have been closer than ever.

Thomas: Yeah, I was wondering if we have a future together. Dad, I, um, I proposed to hope again. And I knew that she loved me and she finally said so. I love her and she said she never wanted what we had to end. However, she turned me down again.

Steffy: I can see what you’re doing, hope.

Hope: No, you don’t know how I feel. Or what thomas means to me.

Steffy: Okay, I know you refuse to accept thomas’s proposal. I know that you’re playing with his emotions even though he has struggled in the past. He was obsessed with you, hope. But you don’t seem to care now. Do you realize how selfish that is? How heartless? Huh. Well, I think I got through to thomas, so…

Hope: Hm. And you really think what’s best for him is to end our relationship?

Steffy: I do. Once and for all. (Ethan) I remember seeing the menthol cigarette ads

Ridge: Ah, thomas, I’m so sorry. I can see how disappointed you are.

Thomas: Disappointed, stunned, and I thought we were on the same page.

Brooke: I know how you feel about this, thomas. I know you’re upset, but hope is upset too. She doesn’t want to hurt you.

Thomas: You never answered my question. How does she really feel about me, brooke? I mean, look, I– I thought I knew. I thought what she was saying was true, but now I don’t know anything. I feel– I’m second-guessing everything. I feel like maybe I’ve been deluding myself. Steffy definitely thinks so.

Ridge: Steffy?

Thomas: Yeah, I told her what happened.

Ridge: Well, she must have some good advice for you.

Thomas: She told me to move on with my life, without hope.

Liam: Well, look, as much as thomas may have changed, maybe, it’s still– old habits are easy to fall back on, right? Especially in moments of distress, moments of pain, right? And if hope eventually does reject him, I just– all I’m saying is it could get ugly, and it would get ugly fast.

Carter: Given his past, I can’t say I disagree.

Liam: Thank you. I just don’t understand why she would put herself in this position in the first place.

Carter: It would all be healthier if hope stayed away, not risking thomas backsliding. And I– I get why steffy is concerned he might be set up for another fall. I mean, it’s weird, right? It’s weird that hope is wearing his ring on her necklace and not her finger, and that’s gotta be eating away at the guy. Iam: Thank god it’s not on her finger.

Carter: It can’t be on her necklace forever. She’ll eventually have to either accept his proposal or turn him down, and you seem pretty convinced it’ll be the latter.

Liam: Because it has to be. Because the former is– is a non-starter. And that’s true even if it ends up ticking steffy off a bit.

Carter: Ticking steffy off? I didn’t get the impression she wants them together.

Liam: It’s not the she wants them together. I just think that she would prefer that over hope breaking thomas’ heart again. Look, it’s weird, okay? Hope is in this, like, weird position where– well, she can’t marry him. That would be a disaster. She also can’t turn him down because that too would be a disaster, right? It risks setting him off. Making him, you know, fly off the handle again. But more than that, it risks steffy and her wrath. And, you know, nobody wants to make an enemy out of steffy.

Hope: You would really do that? You’d tell your brother to give up on me?

Steffy: Oh, I did. For his own self-respect, sanity, and dignity.

Hope: Steffy, we have been good for each other.

Steffy: Yeah, you see, that’s that selfish side kicking in. This has been good for you, hope. Your relationship has been completely one-sided.

Hope: Well, that would be your interpretation, and you would be wrong. Thomas does not feel that way.

Steffy: Okay, you know what thomas struggled with in the past. What he had to overcome. Like any normal person in this situation, they would’ve run away. They would have put up firm boundaries the moment thomas expressed interest again. But not you. No, you wanna continue to lead him on.

Hope: That is not true. I’m not leading him on.

Steffy: Okay, that’s what you think. But I know thomas is finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. He finally sees you for who you truly are. Someone who’s never gonna commit. You’re never going to give him what he wants. You’re just going to take and take and take. And when you’re finally done with him, you’re going to walk away. And you’re going to leave him to pick up the pieces.

Hope: You know, steffy, I wouldn’t fool yourself. You know nothing of my relationship with thomas. We make each other better people. We make each other laugh. He is one of my best friends, steffy.

Steffy: Okay.

Hope: You really don’t care about him at all, do you? Wow. Look, your brother has grown and has proven himself to be someone I can count on. He’s someone that cares about me.

Steffy: Not anymore. (Vo) wish you knew how your cat was feeling?

Carter: Thank you. And could I have another? Thank you. Liam, worrying doesn’t help. Okay, so either hope is going to accept thomas’s proposal or not, but ultimately–

Liam: She can’t do it. She can’t do it. There’s just too much at stake. Including steffy.

Carter: Who wants to protect her brother from getting hurt if hope were to–

Liam: It’s not just– it’s not… it’s protection, yes, it’s not just protection. Steffy is like fiercely determined to keep thomas from backsliding, and this is the kind of thing that could do that.

Carter: And like you said, hope better watch out. You don’t wanna be on steffy’s bad side.

Brooke: Steffy told you to walk away from my daughter?

Thomas: More like run.

Ridge: Well, she was being protective, right? It’s your little sister. And she, um, she can see how upset you are. We can all see it.

Brooke: Yes, and we feel terrible about that. But if hope isn’t ready to make a commitment, would you really want her to accept your proposal?

Ridge: Can I have a moment alone with my son, please? Is that alright?

Brooke: Oh, yeah. Of course. I’m sorry, thomas, really. I really am. I don’t know what to tell you about my daughter.

Ridge: Sorry, son. I hate this. I hate seeing you confused like this.

Thomas: Maybe I’m not confused. Maybe steffy’s right.

Steffy: Thomas heard me. He really heard me.

Hope: And then I’ll make sure he hears me too.

Steffy: Yeah, I think he’s done with you.

Hope: Just because I didn’t accept the proposal doesn’t just mean our relationship is over.

Steffy: Do you hear yourself right now? This relationship, or whatever you want to call it, is entirely on your terms.

Hope: That isn’t fair.

Steffy: What you’re doing to thomas isn’t fair. You’re acting like it’s some kind of game.

Hope: Oh, my gosh. Steffy, do you really have to butt into everything?

Steffy: Well, that’s what I do.

Hope: Did you forget that, like, I was just married? And maybe walking down the aisle isn’t exactly on the top of my priority list right now?

Steffy: That and neither is thomas. Will he ever be? You’re not capable of considering his needs. You’re not putting him first. This relationship, it needs to be over. It shouldn’t have even started in the first place. Now he needs to be with a woman who truly loves–

Hope: I love him. I do. And we share a son. And that alone should be enough for you to back off. How dare you? How dare you interfere?

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got you going through it?

Carter: I should head back to the office.

Liam: Yeah, me too.

Carter: Thanks for lunch, man.

Liam: Thanks for letting me, uh, kvetch at you.

Carter: Well, people say I’m a decent listener.

Liam: You are. You– you– you are a– a decent listener. Uh, speaking of, I know ridge is your best friend. You’re not gonna– you’re not gonna go back to the office– like, you’re not gonna tell him everything I just said, are you?

Carter: I’m not a gossip.

Liam: Oh, thank god.

Carter: And I think you have a right to be concerned. And I think steffy has a good reason to be too. Nobody wants a jilted thomas.

Liam: Jilted thomas is coming. And probably sooner than later. And, you know, all we can do is cross our fingers and hope steffy just takes charge and– and reins him in. I mean, that’s kind of what steffy does. She’s a fascinating woman, but she’s also an intense woman. And if she walks into a room, she… takes command of it. Expertly. Beautifully even.

Carter: Yeah, she’s very commanding. She’s also very married.

Ridge: Sorry, son. I know how much you wanted a life with hope. It’s all you’ve been talking about. And brooke and I were just talking about the same thing, how the two of you, you could lead this family, you could lead this company. And I– I’ve wanted that all along. I want a life with hope. I want a family with her. I wanna excel here at work together and that’s what I thought we were going to do, but… she just won’T. She won’t accept my proposal. She won’t be my wife.

Ridge: Maybe she needs more time.

Thomas: Yeah… I don’t know. Steffy has been telling me for a long time. Hope doesn’t wanna commit to me. She’s never going to. She’s just playing with my feelings, I mean… has steffy been right all along?

Hope: Why must you insist on interfering?

Steffy: His mental health? His well-being? I mean, gee, I wonder.

Hope: Okay, well, thomas has been doing better than ever, and you know that. So, how about you just leave us alone and let us live our lives?

Steffy: His well-being, hope, I was just with thomas. He’s devastated. I’m not going to sit back and watch you use him.

Hope: You clearly have no understanding about what we share, because if you did, you would not be doing this right now. I care about him.

Steffy: You really care about him?

Hope: Yes, I do.

Steffy: Well, if you do, then leave him. Stop stringing him along.

Hope: That is not what I am doing.

Steffy: You are using him. You’re, like, using him like some kind of disgusting sex toy, it’s gross.

Hope: Oh, my god, that is not what we share.

Steffy: Thomas loves you.

Hope: And I love him.

Steffy: He is completely devoted to you, hope. And you’re not giving him anything in return. You just expect that thomas should always be there for you. Don’t you see how cruel this is? You are taking thomas for granted. He’s put his heart out on the line. Gosh, he’s asked you to marry him, and you just keep turning him down. It’s sad.

Hope: I said no to marriage. I did not say no to him. Thomas, douglas, beth and I, we are a family, and nothing is going to change that.

Steffy: I’m well aware. Which makes the situation even more unforgivable. God. It really happened. You have gone full logan. You are exactly like brooke. Selfish. You’re self-centered. You’re throwing yourself at a forrester. You don’t care about tearing a family apart. You don’t care about hurting people. Well, I’m not going to let that happen anymore. If thomas hasn’t decided to end things with you, I’m gonna make sure he does. You are done using and abusing my brother. Do you hear me? Those days are over. It’s over, hope.

Announcer: Here’s a look at what’s ahead.

Steffy: Thomas, you do not deserve this.

Hope: She is trying to drive a wedge between thomas and me and I will not allow it.

Steffy: You hurt my brother. It’s the same way your mother did with my father, my grandfather.

Hope: How dare you?

Steffy: Don’t even try it.

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