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Monday, February 17, 1997

  Eric and Ridge are having a business meeting, but Eric isn't paying attention. His mind is on Lorenzo. He tells Ridge that he doesn't understand what happened with the woman. He doesn't think it was something he did or said. He thinks it is something else.
   Lorenzo looks heart broken as Stephanie tells her how she feels for Eric. Lorenzo asks if Eric knows that Stephanie is in love with him. Stephanie supposes so. Lorenzo says she doesn't think so. Because he hasn't said anything about it. Lorenzo tells Stephanie that she better make her move now before somebody else does. Stephanie thanks Lorenzo for being such a good friend.
   Michael asks Claudia if Thorne has been coming on to her. Michael tells her everyone knows that he has a thing for her. Claudia looks doubtful. Michael asks "Well doesn't he?"
   Thorne asks Taylor to go to Tahiti to investigate their relationship. She tells him that time alone is not in the picture and that there is no relationship for them. Thorne lets her know he has feelings for that he can't deny. Thorne tells her that Ridge doesn't have to know. Thorne thinks Taylor is confused. Thorne says, "You need to figure out who will make you happier. You need to spend time alone with me."
   Claudia tells Michael she is wrong. She reveals to Michael what is going on with Thorne and Taylor. Michael promises to tell no one. Michael doesn't think Thorne has a chance with Taylor. After talking with Taylor, Claudia thinks that Taylor is in love with both brothers but will do the right thing. Claudia tells Michael that Taylor told her that she is committed to staying away from Thorne.
   Ridge tells Eric that he thinks Thorne will stay away because he knows what will happen if he doesn't. Eric tells him Thorne is just sensitive to the relationship. Eric tells Ridge to be patient and not to let things get out of hand. Ridge leaves to find Thorne to give him some invoices.
   Taylor tells Thorne it is too dangerous. She will not be a part of a catastrophe in the family.
   When Ridge goes to Stephanie looking for Thorne, Stephanie tells Ridge that Thorne would not go to Taylor's.
   Eric demands to know what has happened to cause them to stop seeing each other. She just says she needs space. He doesn't believe her. He tells her he wants an explanation and he isn't' giving up until he gets one. She blurts out "I'm just not interested in you! I'm just not!" He tells her he doesn't believe her. She walks out.
   Ridge wonders if Thorne is at Taylor's. Ridge says, "If I find my brother at her beach house . . ." Then he leaves and Stephanie is very worried he might do something crazy.
   Thorne doesn't seem to see how dangerous this is. Thorne tells her that she has feelings for him and is scared because of Ridge. She tells Thorne that there is no romantic future for them. He tells her that Ridge isn't the man for her. He asks if she is so sure than why haven't they married yet. She tells him Ridge isn't ready so she is ready. He tells her she isn't ready because there is someone else. Thorne says, "Take time out to see what else is there. Don't be afraid! It might surprise you," as he stokes her face.

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Tuesday, February 18, 1997

Maggie calls James at his office from London. She's glad she got the chance to be with Jessica. James tells Maggie that Sheila is following her instructions to the letter. Maggie looks a little skeptical.

Sheila feels the baby moving. She hopes that the baby will bring her and James together. She fantasizes about her and James being together after the baby is born. In her fantasy, James tells her that he got his marriage to Maggie annulled and wants to marry her and be a family. Mike interrupts her fantasy with a pizza.

Stephanie goes to see talk with Eric about Ridge, Thorne and Taylor. Stephanie asks Eric if he knows where Thorne is. She tells him that there is a big problem and it is about to explode.

Thorne asks Taylor is she can honestly say that going away together would be a mistake. When she doesn't say anything, Thorne takes that as uncertainty on her part.

Stephanie is afraid Ridge will harm Thorne if he catches him at Taylor's house.

Taylor tells him that as a doctor, a mental vacation has some merit. But she doesn't want to do this to Ridge. He asks her for an answer. Then they hear the screeching of brakes.

Sheila isn't really interested in the pizza. She has her mind on James. When Mike gives Sheila a reality check, she tells him to leave. Mike reminds her that she doesn't even have a plan. Sheila tells him she is going to convince James they are meant to be together by being herself. Mike leaves with the pizza carrier over his face as James comes in. James asks who that was. Sheila says the pizza man.

Ridge burst through the door, demanding to know where Thorne is. Taylor plays it cool and tells him she doesn't know. Taylor leaves saying she is going to "powder her nose."

Eric wonders if Taylor and Ridge are even going to get married. Stephanie is still worried. They embrace.

Taylor goes into the kitchen where Thorne is. Taylor tells him that Ridge is livid. Thorne wants to go talk with him. Taylor tells him to just leave out the back way. Thorne tells her he won't leave unless she goes to Tahiti with him. As she is trying to tell him no, he kisses her. (She doesn't try to stop it either.) Thorne gives her the tickets and tells her he will be waiting. When Taylor finally returns to Ridge, he apologizes for barging in her house. He kisses Taylor.

Sheila tells James she had a craving. She asks, with puppy dog eyes, "Oh, you are not mad at me, are you?" She offers him some of the pizza. When James tells her that Maggie will be coming back soon, she tells him that it is a shame they haven't got to spend much time alone. She puts his hand on her stomach and he feels the baby move.

Ridge wants to marry her tonight. He tells her to pick a date. They kiss passionately as Thorne watches them from the window.

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Wednesday, February 19, 1997

A worried Stephanie lectures Claudia again about Thorne and urges her not to give up on a relationship with her son. Claudia thinks Thorne thinks of her as a damsel in distress. Stephanie mentions the problems that Maggie has been having in her relationship with James because of Sheila and comments that love just doesn't seem to be enough to keep two people together. Claudia wonders if she's talking about her relationship with Eric and Stephanie admits that she is. Claudia guesses that she will be back with Eric.

Sheila jokes to James about how her pregnancy has given her a huge appetite and laughs at what she'll face in labor. When James demands that she stop, Sheila laughs asking if he has ever known a woman to die in labor. James reveals that his mother died while giving birth to him. Sheila apologizes and assures him that with technology today, there will be no problems with the birth of their baby.

After a visit with her banker, a worried Sally confides to Clarke her fear that Lorenzo will not sign with them and orders Clarke to go to Lorenzo and convince her to join Spectra. Lorenzo thinks to herself about her feelings for Eric but keeps realizing that she can't hurt her friend Stephanie. Eric interrupts her thoughts and pleads with her for the reason why she decided to end their budding relationship. Lorenzo finally lies and claims that there is another man involved. Just then, Clarke arrives with a bouquet of flowers for her. She leads Eric to believe that Clarke is that man. Eric leaves in disgust while Lorenzo is brought to tears.

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Thursday, February 20, 1997

As Grant contemplates calling the hotel where the captain is staying, Brooke comes in with revises of sketches from Eric. Grant whines about how badly the Forresters treat him. He tells her that she has to get Eric off his back. She snaps "No! Not now." He blames the Forresters for them not having sex. He tells her that their marriage is top priority. She doesn't want to talk about it in the office. He tells her she needs to take the rest of the day off. They kiss and she leaves. Frustrated, Grant just shakes his head.

The phone rings while Taylor is waiting for Stephanie in Eric's office. Thorne wants to come up and talk to Taylor. She tells him no. Stephanie walks in as she is still talking to Thorne, but Stephanie has no idea who she was talking to. Stephanie is curious to know if Taylor has made a decision about setting her wedding date.

Grant finds out that the captain has checked out of the hotel. Grant hopes his marriage is real.

Brooke stops by Thorne's office to give him a report. When Thorne asks how she is doing, she tells him that he can't do anything about her mood. He says, "Maybe there is. There is something you should know about Ridge and Taylor." She doesn't want to hear it. He tells her that there may be a new man in Taylor's life. Brooke can't believe that. Thorne tells Brooke that Taylor is starting to realize that she may not ever have Ridge completely because he's still in love with Brooke. Brooke can't believe that Taylor would just leave Ridge for a man she just met. Thorne tells her that the other man is him.

Taylor doesn't know if Ridge is ready to a date. Stephanie blames Thorne for the whole mess. Stephanie says, "There is no reason not to move forward with this marriage. Or is there?"

Clarke tells Grant about happened with Lorenzo. Then he notices the sketches on Grant desk with all the corrections and revises on it. He realizes that Eric is taking his frustration out on Grant.

Brooke wonders if Ridge knows. Thorne tells her he does. Brooke thinks Taylor is considering going with Thorne. Brooke is scared to have hope again. Thorne thinks Ridge will be free soon and will go back to Brooke.

Stephanie tells Taylor to put aside all of her feelings for Thorne. Stephanie says, "You belong with Ridge. If you don't seize the moment, you will never forgive yourself."

Grant rants and raves about how badly the Forresters' treat him. He tells Clarke that things are going to be different around there.

When Taylor goes to see Thorne, he hugs her. He reminds her that she needs to go away to get away from all the pressure. She tries to make it very clear to Thorne that she is not going away with him. He just wants to spend time with her. He tells her that Ridge is just using her. He gave her another woman's wedding dress and another woman's wedding ring. She tells Thorne that tonight she and Ridge are going to set a wedding date. Taylor gives him back the tickets. Thorne tells her if she wants to be hurt and betrayed to go back to Ridge. He walks out frustrated. Stephanie comes around the corner outside the office.



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Friday, February 21, 1997
font face="arial" color="purple" size="3">Courtesy, Lisa Laflam, 1997

Clarke boasts to Sally about what happened with Lorenzo the other night. (Is there anyone else he would like to tell??) Sally informs Clarke that Lorenzo is just using him but Clarke doesn't care. He tells her that there will be trouble at Forrester.

Connor's back! He brings Grant a contract. They talk about Brooke. Connor doesn't think the relationship is a good one. They hope Brooke will go for the contract.

Ridge and Taylor make plans for their evening. Ridge tells Taylor to prepare to overwhelmed. Tonight they will set the date for their wedding.

Thorne throws the tickets in the trash. He says "Taylor, you're killing me!" Enrique walks in and realizes Thorne is having woman troubles. Thorne tells Enrique he should ask Claudia out. Enrique tells him that Claudia has eyes for someone else. Thorne tells him that nothing is going to happen there. He tells Enrique that there is not going to be a woman in his life for a very long while.

Clarke tells Sally that Brooke and Grant are miserable. He tells her of the changes Grant is planning. Sally doesn't think Brooke will go for it. Meanwhile, Grant hopes Brooke will go for it. Brooke is shocked to see Connor. Grant tells her that Connor has made up a contract to put Grant in charge.

Michael helps Taylor set up a romantic evening on the beach. Michael lets Taylor she knows about what's been going on with Thorne. Taylor tells Michael that she hopes Thorne gets the picture that it is just not in the cards for them. Taylor thanks Michael and she leaves before Ridge gets there.

Megan, Ridge's secretary, tries to give Ridge a paper to sign before he leaves, but he tells her to get Brooke to sign it. He gets a little raged when he finds out she is in with Grant and Connor.

Brooke looks over the contract and asks if they had been planning this for a while. He gives her a speech about how he sees she is hurting seeing Ridge every day. She needs time off. He is there to run the company for her. Because that's what a husband is all about. He tells her to go ahead and sign it. Ridge bursts through the door and demands to know what is going on. (He sure has a knack for this.)

Taylor is a little worried that Ridge is late. But she doesn't think he will disappoint her. (For a smart doctor, she sure is gullible about Ridge Forrester.) Meanwhile, Thorne is feeling sorry for himself realizing he has lost Taylor to Ridge. He looks out the window and realizes Ridge is still here and knows he is supposed to be with Taylor to set a date. Megan tells Thorne that Ridge is in Brooke's office. Upset that Ridge is with Brooke instead of Taylor, he calls Taylor. She tells him she doesn't want to hear anything he has to say. She's sorry. She hangs up before he can tell her about Brooke.

Back in Brooke's office, Brooke tells Ridge that they are discussing business. She tries to hide the contract, but he gets it away from her. He reads and tells Grant "NO WAY!"

Taylor says, "Please don't do this!" She tries to relax and tells herself that Ridge probably stopped to get a minister. She draws a heart with their initials in the sand.

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