The Forresters are feeling the pressure to have a great showing. If not,
this could be the company's showing. Eric gives the models and everyone
involved a pep talk. He wants everyone to put to rest the rumors of
Forrester's decline and show the world the magic of Forrester.
The press is buzzing with anticipation. What will the reaction be since most
buyers have already bought their spring collection?
Sally and Lauren are in line incognito. Neither one has a gold ticket
required for entrance. Sally, in a blond wig, says someone stole she and
Lauren's tickets. Sally starts giving the guy taking the tickets a hard time
when he doesn't let them in. Eventually, Sally and Lauren get in.
Forrester Spring '98 begins. No one seems impressed by the initial group and
the Forresters start getting a little concerned. Is this the end of
Forrester? There is no reaction to the second group either. Sally is
delighted that Queen Stephanie is down for the count. Caterina is mad
because her career will be ruined if the showing doesn't turn around.
Ridge and Brooke can't bear to watch and head off by themselves. Even
though, she might lose her fame and social status, Brooke says all her joyful
moments in life are about love. Ridge and Brooke have never lost that.
Stephanie tries to comfort Eric. She has never been more proud of him at
this moment because she knows he tried his best.
The third group of models are received to more of a reaction from the
audience. The tide seems to be turning much to Sally's chagrin. The fourth
group gets an even bigger applause. The crowd seems enchanted with the
designs. Ridge and Brooke hear the crowd reaction and decide to join in .
Caterina wears the showstopper and it is gorgeous. Everyone is delighted
with the showing. Brooke and Ridge kiss, so do Eric and Stephanie. All the
Forresters take a bow at the end of the showing. Forrester '98 is a
Thursday, October 30, 1997
The champagne is flowing as are the toasts as the Forrester
clan celebrate pulling off the comeback of the decade. Catarina,
the model with the huge ego, starts to flirt with Clarke
and it ends with her planting a huge kiss on him. Stephanie
leaves the gathering to take a bath before
the party later and then Thorne heads out also.
Sally is carrying on about how insane this is; she didn't come all this
way to see the house of Forrester rise like the proverbial Phoenix. She had
wanted some heat, some mass hysteria, and some public humiliation. Lauren
is calm through all of this mayhem; she is focused on Eric who she believes
is making the biggest mistake of his life as he rekindles his romance with
Thorne is packing up some presents to take home from the trip;
one for Taylor and one for the baby. There is a knock at the door and
Brooke comes in and gives him a nice hug of thanks for supporting her to
get Ridge back. She tells him that it is going to happen for them and they
are definitely on the right track; she knows that by all of the past times
she has gotten engaged. She then asks Thorne why he is so nervous about all
of this. Thorne blows off her questions and tells Brooke that he is so
happy for her, because she deserves it. Brooke leaves.
Taylor is in bed at the beach house and she can see the baby's heartbeat on
the monitor and can't wait to tell, "daddy" about this. Taylor tells her
doctor that she has thought about everything and in the past believed that
Brooke was the one Ridge wanted to be with and now she believes that she is
wrong about that, so she could be wrong about other things too... " You
want him back" says Dr. Santana. The doctor believes that if Taylor tells
Ridge and he rejects Taylor; the results from all the stress could lead to
a miscarriage. She wants to know if Taylor is that sure of her feelings for
her to go and tell ridge the truth.
Thorne is trying to reach Brooke to tell her that she left her purse
in the room when the phone rings. Thorne at first thinks
it is Brooke returning his voice message, but it is Taylor once
again trying to track down Ridge. Thorne doesn't miss the opportunity to
tell her that Brooke and Ridge have spent every moment together while on
the trip. Taylor only wants to tell Ridge the truth and she wants Thorne's
help in getting his big brother to at least return her phone calls or to
talk to her.
Eric isnt going to the party to celebrate the showing. Ridge thinks
that the next time he sees his father he and his mother will be on their
honeymoon. Ridge tells his dad that he won't be at the party either.
Lauren then phones Eric give him congrats and tells him that, strangely
enough, she too is in Italy visiting a friend in Milan. She pleads with him
not to marry Stephanie; if they could only spend some more time together he
would know that she was the one for him. Eric tells her that what they
had was wonderful, but it is time to move on.
Ridge is at a jewelry shop and is looking for something very special
for an engagement ring. The first ring the salesman shows him is a twelve
karat diamond but Ridge wants something a little bit more unique for the
love of his life. He wants the ring to be like nothing else in the world,
something like the woman he is about to ask to marry him. Of course the
salesman has the perfect ring tucked away for a special customer such as
Ridge; it is a huge ring, fully encrusted with diamonds.
Stephanie is back in her room and she sees an envelope
on the table. She picks it up and reads: "My love. I still call you that
for you are still my love and always will be. I hope the look that I have
seen in your eyes the last few weeks means I am once again your love,
that you have found it in your heart to forgive me, that you long in your
heart to be together as much as I do. If I am right,
I will know it when you arrive at the main square in town in front
of the church. The mayor has agreed to marry us. If you do not come, I
will know that I am wrong and I won't bother you again. I love you
Stephanie. Please be my wife, Eric."
Eric just got out of the Mercedes and is in the town square early
and very excited.
Brooke goes to her room but realizes that she doesn't have her
purse. She returns to Thorne's room and hears Thorne telling
Taylor on the phone that Ridge is in love with Brooke and
her having his (Ridge's) baby won't change that. Taylor tells Thorne
that she doesn't want to go through life thinking, "what if?"
Thorne agrees to talk to Ridge and have him call her back.
Thorne turns to see Brooke standing there. "Taylor is pregnant with
Ridge's child? Not yours? Thorne, please tell me it isn't true," she begs
as the tears begin to swell in her eyes.
Friday, October 31, 1997
Eric is in the townsquare with flowers awaiting the arrival of his bride-to-be. The mayor is preparing for the wedding. In the meantime, why not sit in the restaurant, drink some coffee and relax. Eric wants to be waiting in the square, but he gives in and goes into the restaurant.
Sally is ranting. You cannot give up, she tells Lauren. But Lauren tells Sally that Eric seems to be determined to marry Stephanie. Sally can visualize Queen Stephanie gloating. "I can see it now," Sally dramatizes. I'll be at home and I'll hear this awful screeching outside my door. It will be Queen Stephanie crossing the Alps on her elephant---Hannibal's wife, come to join him in conquering the world. "I'll never be rid of that woman," Sally laments. Lauren is amused at the dramatics.
Stephanie is lakeside. She needs a ticket into Como. A kind gentleman tells her that the boat taxi will be back soon. She tells him that she is going into Como to be married. Of course, she could always drive there. Oh no, the man tells her. It is good luck to take the boat on your wedding day. He tells her to wait and he will get her a ticket.
Taylor and Thorne are conversing. She demands that he agree to help her speak to Ridge. He doesn't believe that it will help to tell Ridge that he is the father of her child, but he finally agrees to tell Ridge to call. He hangs up and when he turns he sees a devastated Brooke standing there. Taylor is pregnant with Ridge's baby? Is that what I just heard you say? Tell me it isn't true!
Taylor hangs up the phone as Dr. Santana enters the room. "Did you reach Thorne?" she asks. Taylor tells her that Thorne has agreed to help her. She overreacted before when she saw Ridge and Brooke together. Now she realizes that Ridge does not love Brooke or they would be engaged by now.
The sales clerk hands the small package to Ridge. Here is your beautiful engagement ring, he tells Ridge. Ridge is leaving. To himself he says "Today is the day, Brooke."
While waiting at lakeside, Stephanie rereads Eric's letter. What a wonderful idea to be married in Como.
Sally puts down the phone. She can't reach Stephanie. She is either out or has returned to the States. Lauren sees her at the water taxi stand. I think she is about to take a boat ride, she says. She will take more than a boat ride if I have anything to say about it, Sally declares.
Thorne tells Brooke to calm down. Is it true? The baby is really Ridge's baby? How could this happen. Thorne explains. Taylor went to Brooke's house the day of his parents wedding to tell Ridge about the baby. That is when she saw the two of them in bed together. Taylor suffered an anxiety attack and ended up in the hospital. She almost lost the baby. Taylor has panic attacks and they are all associated with Brooke and Ridge. The doctor tells her that she has to stay calm or she could still lose this baby and it may be the last chance she has to have a child. So I am the
cause of these panic attacks? Brooke ponders. Thorne tells her that that was when he and Taylor decided to cut Ridge out of her life. But now, she is suffering from guilt and wants to tell Ridge. Ridge has to be told, Brooke says.
Sally joins Stephanie at the water taxi stand. I am your worse nightmare come true, Sally tells the Queen. "What are you doing in Italy?" asks a stunned Stephanie.
Thorne can't believe that Brooke is thinking of telling Ridge. He is close to proposing to you, he tells her. Brooke can't believe that there is a hitch in all their plans. They were almost there. She has waited and hoped for this day to come, and now she has to tell Ridge that he is the father of Taylor's baby. Thorne reminds Brooke that Taylor most fears that Ridge will want Brooke. What is to assure anyone that once Ridge marries Taylor, he will be true to her. Look how often he has gone back to Brooke. Brooke then gets a call on her cell phone. It is Ridge. He is waiting for her at the upper garden. He wants her to join him. Brooke tells him he will be right there. It's his baby. He has to be told, she says as she leaves the room.
Back in the restaurant on the square the mayor approaches Eric. The plans are almost ready. Where is the bride. Eric assures him that she will be there soon.
Stephanie finds it laughable that Sally came to the fashion show. How does it feel to be at the most important event of the season? Sally tries to downplay the fashion show, but Stephanie continues to twist the knife. She quotes from il figaro: "Spring has just began." She tells Sally that she is going to bury her and her pathetic fashion house. She then announces that she is going into Como to meet Eric. They are going to get married. All the dirty tricks Sally pulled the last time didn't work. She tells Sally to leave but Sally tells the "self-righteous windbag" that she is going nowhere; she is going to stop her. Stop me, Stephanie asks. She then pushes Sally into the lake. She climbs into the boat that is moored there and starts the motor. She drives away and leaves Sally in the lake. Sally climbs out of the lake shouting that Stephanie had better come back here. You can't dump me and leave me like this. I have had it with you!
Brooke enters the garden and sees Ridge looking out at the landscape. He turns and they stare into each other's eyes.
As she taxis across the lake, Stephanie is talking to herself. She believes she can trust in Eric again. Now she knows for sure that he loves her. All those fears concerning Lauren were silly. Today, she will make sure that Eric knows how much she loves him and wants to be married to him. Suddenly the boat begins to make some strange noises. She looks around and says, "This doesn't sound good."
The mayor wants to know if the children will be at the wedding. Eric says that this is a deeply personal moment for him and Stephanie. It will be just the two of them. Then he looks out at the empty square. I wonder why she is so late, he says.
Taylor believes that Ridge has always loved and wanted her. When he returns from this trip we will begin our life together---just the three of us.
Ridge tells Brooke that she looks radiant. He thinks he knows what she is thinking but she doesn't believe so. You are thinking why did it take this jerk so long to appreciate me, Ridge guesses. She tells him that that isn't what is on her mind. He continues guessing. You are wondering if I really mean it this time. Well I do mean it. I know now what I want. I have made a decision. I want you to be my bride. Will you marry me?