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Wednesday, December 7, 2016
by Pam

At Liam's, Liam and Steffy discussed that Eric had offered the CEO position at Forrester Creations to Steffy. Liam wanted her to turn it down because it was part of Quinn's manipulation. "This is how she operates," he said.

Steffy understood, but she told Liam that her grandfather had offered her the job. Liam maintained that Quinn had manipulated Eric as well. Steffy told Liam that she had some emotional moments with her grandfather. Liam understood that Eric believed in Steffy, but he knew Quinn had an agenda.

Liam insisted that Quinn was using Eric and Steffy. "You can't let her win one more time," he said. Liam professed that he wanted to protect Steffy and not allow Quinn to get inside her head. Steffy argued that her grandfather wanted her for the position because he felt she was ready. She was like her namesake and she planned to be a family unifier. Liam maintained that Quinn had hurt too many people. He didn't want Steffy to disregard all the damage she'd done.

Liam reminded Steffy that he was not disparaging her grandfather. Liam knew that Quinn was manuevering to get Steffy and Wyatt back together, but Steffy said she would not let that happen. She didn't care about Quinn or her desire to be a matchmaker.

Steffy announced that her grandfather wanted her to run the family company. "How can I turn that down? He has faith in me," she said. Liam agreed, and he also had faith in Steffy, but he reiterated that Quinn had manipulated them many times.

Steffy agreed. But she wanted Quinn gone and she wanted her family to get along again." If I turn this down, she will solidify her position in this family," Steffy said of Quinn. "Don't let her draw you in," Liam advised. Steffy shook her head. Liam worried that Eric was not himself and that Quinn was going to broker a reconciliation between Wyatt and Steffy.

Liam maintained that Quinn had programmed Eric. Steffy was hurt. She said she'd had touching moments with her grandfather, and she would not allow Liam to degrade what had happened.

Liam agreed that Steffy deserved the position, but not in the current situation. He didn't want Steffy near Wyatt or Quinn. "You deserve to be CEO but not like this. Don't take the job," he advised.

At the Forrester mansion, Eric, Wyatt, and Quinn discussed that if Steffy accepted the position of CEO it could be a turning point for the company and the family. Ridge entered and interrupted. He wanted to speak to Eric alone. Eric agreed and Quinn and Wyatt left the room.

Ridge said he had some news. He announced that he and Brooke were back together. "That's wonderful," Eric said. Ridge felt it signaled a new beginning "for us and our family," Ridge said. He predicted that he and Brooke could be running the company side by side as husband and wife.

Ridge wanted to know if Eric was happy for him and Brooke. Eric assured him he was and assumed that R.J. was thrilled. "Brooke and I should lead this family and this company into the future. What do you say?" Ridge asked.

Ridge maintained it was a good thing for the family and the business. "Like you and mom," Ridge said. Eric added that it was like he and his current wife Quinn. Ridge argued that Eric and Quinn hadn't built the company from the ground up as Eric and Stephanie had.

Eric agreed that he and Stephanie had been partners. Ridge reiterated that he and Brooke should lead the company forward. Eric added that Quinn knew it was important that a Forrester should be running the company.

Eric announced that he had found someone -- someone he loved very much, and he had been at odds with for a long time. Ridge assumed that Eric would hire him. He professed that it meant a lot to him that Eric had faith in him. Ridge thanked his father. "It's not you," Eric said. "I've chosen Steffy to be CEO." Ridge said nothing.

Ridge knew that his father didn't trust him. Eric praised Steffy's strength and talents. "Steffy hasn't accepted," Ridge noted. He added that it was a big decision, and Steffy wouldn't want to be in bed with Quinn. She wouldn't do that to Liam, and she had loyalty to her father. Ridge maintained that it was his turn. Steffy would get her turn. Ridge wondered if Eric had forgotten about what a great team he and Brooke had been. Eric reminded that he had not forgotten - he also remembered the scandals and problems in the press.

Ridge said that he had a lot of love and respect for Eric. He lamented that they had been close. "I miss that. I really do," Ridge said. Eric nodded but he walked away.

Ridge acknowledged that he had hurt his father. "All I can do is be a better son and a better CEO," Ridge said. He reminded Eric that he had groomed Ridge for the position for many years. "I would like a chance to show you that I can take it into the future. Appoint me CEO," Ridge said. Eric quietly turned toward Ridge but said nothing.

Quinn and Wyatt were in the kitchen and wondered if Eric had told Ridge that he had offered the CEO position to Steffy. Wyatt begged his mother not to try to reunite them. Quinn offered Wyatt a sandwich, and made fun of the smelly sardine sandwiches that Wyatt liked. She wondered what Eric and Ridge had been discussing. Quinn predicted that the prodigal son would be angry that he had been bypassed. She predicted Ridge's head would explode. Wyatt doubted Ridge would react badly.

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