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Monday, January 20, 1997

Today's episode of The Bold & The Beautiful was pre-empted due to CBS coverage of the presidential inauguration. Regular programming will resume on Tuesday

Tuesday, January 21, 1997

   Macy is looking at a petition for a legal separation. Clarke tells her he is sorry about her situation as she buries her head in her hands. Sally doesn't understand how all this came about. She says if she had the chance she would teach Claudia a lesson. Sally blames Claudia for everything. Sally thinks Stephanie can help.
   Eric and Stephanie discuss Ridge and Thorne's relationships with Taylor and Macy.
   Ridge tells Brooke he didn't marry Taylor. She asks "What are you trying to tell me? What are you saying?" He tells her he went to the marina. He goes on to tell her about how he got the motorcycle because the car broke down. She is shocked. She asks him what would've happened if he had made it. She asks how he would have stopped it. Would he have asked her to marry him.
   Taylor and Grant speculate what is happening with Brooke and Ridge. Finally they decide to go see what is going on.
   Sally says she must go see Stephanie about Thorne. Macy asks her not to go. She says she must.
   Eric assures Stephanie that everything will turn out fine. She asks him if there is someone special in his life. He answers by telling her she asks too many questions.
   Ridge tells Brooke it doesn't matter, that she is married. He asks how the kids are getting along with Chambers. She tells him that it is as well as can be expected, that they are adjusting and miss Ridge. Ridge wishes it didn't have to be this way. Brooke asks if he wants to marry her. He just looks at her and hugs her. All the while Taylor and

Wednesday, January 22, 1997
font face="arial" color="green" size="-1">Courtesy, Lisa Laflam, 1997

We open with a very distraught Macy.. Clarke tells Macy that she should take a vacation. Macy begins to blame herself for her seperation. Clark tells her that it is not her fault.
   Claudia thinks it is her fault. Claudia and Thorne discuss her hearing and deportation. Stephanie walks in and is shocked to when Thorne introduces them. She says in a stern voice, "I want to speak with both of you in the living room." Stephanie just looks at Claudia very suspiciously. Claudia apologizes to Stephanie about the trouble she has caused and leaves. Stephanie tells Thorne that she is nothing but trouble.
   Enrique and Michael discuss Claudia. He tells her he knows about her trouble in her country because his family is the cause. Enrique says that Claudia can't be sent back. Thorne and Stephanie argue about Claudia. Thorne says, "She's in serious trouble. What are we going to do help her? Thorne tells Stephanie that he knew she was illegal and didn't have a green card. Stephanie says that this is worse than she thought. She asks if there is anything going on. He tells her no that he is just helping her. Stephanie says that he can't go above the law. He goes to tell her that she has the resources and connections to help her. She tells him that Claudia is the reason for his breakup and that her immigration problems are not hers.
   Enrique tells Michael that he has to stop them from sending her back. Claudia's brother, Lucien, asks if she's out of trouble. When she tells him no that the hearing is still on, Lucien tells her she has to leave L.A. at once. She tells them she won't. She tells them that she'd rather be dead than a fugitive. They argue more about Thorne. She tells them that Thorne will not abandon her. Her brother insists she is in love with Thorne. But she denies it. She tells them she is not leaving.
   Enrique goes to Thorne to try to help Claudia. He tells Thorne that his is the family that is Claudia enemies. THorne is outraged.
   Clarke tells Macy that there is nothing to feel guilty about. If anyone should feel guilty it is Thorne and Claudia. And they will have to pay the price.
   Macy tells Clarke that Claudia's life may be in danger. Clarke thinks Claudia is lying. Macy doesn't want to hurt her. Clarke tells her that legal separation is a little rash. She tells him how Thorne suddenly lost interest when Claudia came into the picture. Clarke asks "When she is out of the picture then what?" Macy says, "I just want my husband back."
   Enrique and Thorne discuss a "plan." Thorne isn't sure about it. He thinks it is a tough decision. Lucien wants to go to the hearing with Claudia. But she tells him no. That he will get departed too. She tells him to take care of their mother. As they all hug the phone rings and it is Thorne. Thorne says he has a solution, to meet him at the courthouse. She is confused. He tells her it involves a marriage. She looks at her family with a big smile on her face and says, "Thorne is going to marry me!"

Thursday, January 23, 1997

Claudia's family asks her if this is what she wants: To marry Thorne Forrester. Claudia tells them yes, that she loves him. Lucien, a bit skeptical, asks if this is the only way. Then he sees how excited his sister is and tells her if it will keep her out of the Alvarez family that it is a good thing. She tells them to pack because after she becomes Claudia Cortez Forrester they will not be living there. She leaves.
   Judge begins to ask questions when Claudia is late. Thorne, his lawyer and the judge begin to discuss the case. The judge tells them that it is very unlikely that she will not be deported.
   Jonathan, the Forrester's lawyer, arrives to see Stephanie and discuss Claudia. He tells her that at first he sided with her. But that was until Thorne came to see him. He did some checking and Claudia will be killed if she has to go back to her country, San Carlos.
   Claudia finally arrives with a big grin on her face. Thorne asks if she is sure she wants to go through with this. She looks at him admiringly and says "It will be an honor to be your wife." Thorne looks shocked. She tells him how surprised she was. He interrupts her telling her to go into the hall. He tells how they can't get married because he is still married to Macy. She is very confused at this point. Then she spots Enrique Alvarez and realizes that it was him she was to be marrying. Claudia says she will not marry him. She says, "Marry you? I 'd rather die. I will rather go back. I will not marry the enemy of my family!" She then leaves to make a phone call.
   Jonathan thinks Stephanie can help. She doesn't know how she can help. He tells her her family is a strong influence. He tells her that Thorne may have feelings for this girl and if she doesn't help he may never forgive her.
   Claudia cries as she picks up the phone to call her family. Lucien asks if she is married. She tells him it didn't work out and she will probably be deported. She makes her brother promise to take car of her mother.
   Thorne tells his lawyer to buy some time. So he requests a continuance. But it is denied. The judge asks "How do you plead?" Claudia then stands and says "Guilty, your honor. I have entered this country illegally.
   Back at the Forrester's, Jonathan tells Stephanie that if she is going to help that she better get to the courthouse right away. He turns to leave, then Stephanie says "Wait!"
   Lucien tells his mother what Claudia said. Alicia, Claudia's mother, breaks down. Lucien tells her that they must go on. But she wonders how.
   The lawyer tells the court why she fled San Carlos. That she is a political refugee. He tells them she applied for a political asylum. Thorne then stands up and says "Don't you care that her life is at stake?" Judge then puts him in contempt of court. She tells them she can not ignore that Claudia disobeyed the law. The judge then says, "I have come to a decision. Claudia will be taken into custody immediately..." She was then interrupted by Stephanie coming into the courtroom. Stephanie says, "I have important information. May I address the court?"

Friday, January 24, 1997

The judge tells Stephanie she is out of order. She instructs the bailiff to remove her from the court. Stephanie begs the judge to listen to her because she may have information on why she shouldn't be deported back San Carlos.
   Maggie visits James at his office. She tells him with Sheila living in the house that they need more privacy. She tells him that she wants to have a baby of her own. She says she wants to make a baby and "do it now" as she removes her coat to reveal sexy lingerie.
   Sheila very frustrated at the food Maggie is making her eat, opens the door shocked to see her mother, Molly. Sheila is very short with her until she realizes her mother has some sweets. Molly tells how happy she is that Sheila is married and is having James' baby.
   Stephanie tells the judge that Claudia will be killed if she is sent back. She tells them that her attorneys are looking over her petition for political asylum as we speak. The judge tells her "Well that's your prerogative, but in the meantime she will be sent back to her homeland."
   Maggie starts taking off James clothes telling him his secretary has taken the rest of the day off. He asks her if she is feeling insecure about Sheila have his baby. She tells him no that she has him. They kiss passionately.
   Molly tells Sheila she is moving here. Sheila tells him, nonchalantly, she is not married to James she is just pregnant. He is married to Maggie. They all live together. Molly can't believe her daughter is standing for this. Sheila tells her she isn't. She is going to be direct. Sheila says that Maggie is all wrong for him. She wants Molly to help her with James before her body starts to change.
   Claudia's lawyer asks if they can wait until the application for the asylum goes through to send her back.
   Maggie and James make love. Afterward, Maggie tells James that it didn't work. They didn't make a baby. He asks how she knows. She just knows. He tells her they need to do it again. He tells if the situation with Sheila ever bothers her to tell him. She says "no it is what I want."
   Molly tells Sheila she doesn't know if she can help her. Then after Sheila persuading her, she gave in asked what she can do. Sheila is supposed to go along with her and go looking for some real estate all day, and not alone either.
   The judge is worried that Claudia will run. She says she cannot permit letting her just go. Claudia begs the judge saying she is a woman of her word. But that isn't good enough for the judge. As she rules she must be deported, Stephanie says, "I can guarantee that Ms. Cortez will not take flight." The judge makes sure Stephanie knows what can happen if she flees. She ends granting custody of Ms. Cortez to Stephanie Forrester. But reminds them that if her application is denied she will return the day of the ruling.
   Sheila introduces Molly to James and Maggie. She gets Maggie to take her mother real estate shopping leaving her and James alone. When Maggie asks James to speak with her in another room, Sheila tells Molly to take her time.
   Claudia thanks Stephanie for saving her life. Stephanie says, "Don't make me regret this." When Thorne asks why she did it, she simply says it was the right thing to do. She tells him that in turn he must go see Taylor. He has to persuade her to put her differences aside and marry Ridge. Thorne takes Claudia home. After they leave, Stephanie says, "Who knows, I made need you as much as you need me, Claudia?"

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