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Monday, January 25, 1999

Brooke gets word that Victor Newman is on his way to LA and that he has come to a decision. It's Forrester's biggest meeting ever and all Brooke can think about is Ridge and Taylor having another baby. Brooke knows Ridge and Taylor's marriage must end before she becomes pregnant again. But how will Brooke put a stop to it? Taylor stops by Ridge's office and notices Ridge is bugged by Victor's motives for coming to LA. Ridge feels Brooke is vulnerable know considering to news about Ridge and Taylor trying for another child, and Victor is just the type of man to take advantage of Brooke.

Kimberly informs Amber that she has changed her mind about moving and has decided to stay in LA. If Rick is going to be married to Amber, he will need Kimberly's friendship, which is about doing what's right for the other person. Kimberly suggests Amber try it sometime. Things really become heated as Amber informs Kimberly she gave Rick a kidney to save his life. Kimberly accuses Amber of using that as an excuse to trap him into a marriage he is not ready for. Kimberly throws Amber out and as Amber is leaving, she takes a nasty fall.

Brooke welcomes Victor to LA and explains the bed in her office is a symbol of "Brooke's Bedroom." Victor mentions that "Brooke's Bedroom" wasn't even an idea six months ago, so why have a research department if you are not going to use it? Brooke replies that she relies on her instincts which have never failed her before. Victor acknowledges Brooke has never gotten over Ridge and that Brooke is using company funds to win him back. Meanwhile, Ridge is growing more uncomfortable with Victor's presence and thinks Victor will use Brooke's vulnerability to manipulate her. Ridge meets with Victor who praises Brooke's creativity, but says he has reservations about Jabot's alliance with Forrester. Forrester's lack of research with the product line is Victor's biggest problem. If Victor is turning Forrester down, Ridge asks why he flew all the way to Los Angeles just to say no. Wouldn't a phone call have sufficed? Victor mentions he might have flown to LA for personal reasons also. Due to the lack of research, ordinarily Victor would turn a proposal like this down. However, because of Brooke is a hard lady to turn down, Victor agrees to let Jabot develop a fragrance for Forrester.

After the meeting is over, Ridge confronts Victor and asks why he really agreed to take on this project, especially after Jack Abbott turned it down. Victor says he can veto his right hand man any time he feels like it. Ridge accuses Victor of taking advantage of Brooke's vulnerability, while Victor acknowledges Ridge is still very much in love with Brooke. Brooke overhears Ridge warn Victor to not mess with Brooke as Victor warns Ridge not to mess with him. After the meeting, Brooke hears of Ridge's plans for dinner tonight at the Cafe' Russe with Taylor, so Brooke convinces Victor to stay and have dinner tonight with her at the Cafe' Russe. If Ridge warned Victor to stay away from her, Brooke realizes Ridge is jealous.

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Tuesday, January 26, 1999

Brooke informs Lorenzo that she is taking Victor to the Cafe' Russe, where Ridge and Taylor will also be dining. After over hearing Ridge tell Victor to keep his dealings with Brooke strictly professional, Brooke is convinced Ridge still loves her and is out to make him jealous. Victor is the only man Ridge can not stand to see her with. Besides, this whole idea of having another baby was Taylor's idea. Brooke feels Taylor is using another pregnancy to trap him into staying into their marriage. Lorenzo warns Brooke that what she is doing is risky and if Victor gets wind that Brooke is using him, Lorenzo would not want to be around when Victor figures it out.

Taylor confides to Stephanie that she is feeling a little insecure since Ridge is so protective of Brooke, especially where Victor is concerned. Taylor wishes Ridge would stop feeling so responsible toward Brooke. Stephanie assures Taylor that having another baby is the right thing and Brooke will only be a part of this if you allow her to.

After taking a nasty fall, Amber cries in pain and fears for her baby. Kimberly rushes Amber to the hospital where she starts feeling contractions. Amber is beginning labor...

After Victor and Lorenzo have a happy reunion, Brooke takes him to the Cafe' Russe where Ridge and Taylor are already enjoying their romantic evening. Victor reminds Brooke that he only agreed to let Jabot develop a fragrance for Forrester because of Brooke. Victor feels Brooke will need all her creativity and power to sell this product line. Victor notices Brooke noticing Ridge and Taylor kissing. Ridge spots Brooke with Victor who asks Brooke why this dinner is so important to her. Brooke replies the dinner is to celebrate Forrester and Jabot's joint venture. Victor notes Ridge is still very protective of Brooke and asks Brooke to stop playing games. He knows the real reason why Brooke brought him to dinner and Victor is not happy about it. Victor changed his plans, cancelled his flight so Brooke can make Ridge jealous. Victor angrily informs Brooke that no one plans games with him!

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Wednesday, January 27, 1999

Defending herself against Victor's accusation that she is using him to win Ridge back, Brooke explains her history with Ridge. Brooke notes her history with Ridge is similar to Victor's history with Nikki and believes she and Ridge are destined to be together. With or without Victor's help, Brooke vows Ridge will be hers someday. Victor acknowledges their stories are similar, but says Nikki was single when they got back together. Brooke reminds Victor that she does not like to lose and she will not let go of her passion for Ridge. After Victor mentions Brooke could be happy with another man, Brooke says she has tried that, but she yearns for a family life with Ridge. The kind of life they had before her returned to Taylor. Brooke concedes she brought Victor to dinner to get a rise out of Ridge while Victor says they do something about it.

At Insomnia, Rick tells C.J. he is moving on with his life without Kimberly. C.J. reminds Rick that he will always be there for him, but just no more dinner parties with Amber and Kimberly. In the hospital, Amber learns she had contractions, but she is not in labor. Amber informs the doc that last summer she was hospitalized with a concussion after she was pregnant. The doctor is concerned that concussion might have something to do with her being in the hospital now. Kimberly tries to calm Amber down as Amber asks Kimberly to stay with her. Amber makes Kimberly promise if comes down to taking the baby or saving Amber's life, take the baby.

Taylor is sure Brooke maneuvered a dinner with Victor at the same restaurant she and Ridge were dining because Brooke knows how Ridge feels about Victor. Victor tells Brooke she means a great deal to him as a business partner and no one besides Nikki could have gotten him to agree on this deal. Ridge notices Victor holding Brooke's hand as Victor tells Brooke she doesn't need his help to capture her great love, Ridge. Brooke says she does need Victor's help and asks him to kiss her.

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Friday, January 28, 1999

At Café Russe, Taylor senses that Ridge is distracted and asks for his attention. "Sorry Doc, I am listening," he claims. Taylor says, "You're practically sitting at their table." "Look at him pawing her. WHO THE HELL DOES HE THINK HE IS ANYWAY?" Ridge states angrily. "Please, Ridge, ignore them, don't let them spoil our evening," Taylor pleads.

Meanwhile, Brooke and Victor are deep in conversation. Victor is telling Brooke how alluring she is, and he bets that she is the same way with "that gentlemen over there." She says, "Every chance I get." "Still, he ignores your advances," Victor questions. "Yes, for now he does... but one day we will be together. You can help me out a little bit there, if you grant me one little favor. Kiss me," Brooke says. " I have been asked favors, but this one I am certainly willing to grant," Victor laughs. He gets up, standing over her. "Are you sure about this?" he asks. "Yes, I am ready," Brooke says. He bends down and kisses her.

"Believe me, Doc, I don't want to spoil it," Ridge states. Then pretend they are not there, Taylor recommends. "I am trying to, I'm really trying to," Ridge says. They pick up their menus. Taylor looks over at Ridge and Ridge is looking at Brooke--and it is at that moment that Victor kisses Brooke, and Ridge certainly notices!

C.J. and Rick are chatting at Insomnia, but Rick wonders what is keeping Amber. He is getting worried about her, he tells his friend. "Where is she? Maybe she is at the Fairchild's or with Kimberly?" they guess.

In the hospital, Amber is lamenting that she may have hurt her baby. The doctor tells her that they have to do a new ultra sound. The doctor says that the contractions have stopped, which is a good sign, but there is a distinct possibility that she won't carry this baby to term.

Brooke says, "Wow! That was some kiss." Victor hopes that it gets the effect that Brooke wanted. Brooke jokes, "If that is what Nikki comes home to every night, then she is a lucky woman." Victor tells Brooke that if she thought this kiss would make Ridge jealous, then she might be right. Brooke asks him if Ridge and Taylor are watching? Victor says that Ridge noticed. "They both don't look any too pleased," he states. Brooke says, "Poor Taylor; I told her this would happen. Ridge's feelings were undeniable and they were ready to be exposed sooner or later. I have a feeling they are starting to show."

"ALL RIGHT, THIS HAS GONE TOO FAR!" Ridge says. "Stop it, Ridge, stop it," Taylor asks. "She is enjoying it. This has completely gotten out of hand. Somebody has to tell that guy off," Ridge says. "YOU'RE NOT GOING OVER THERE," Taylor says. "A shark like Newman? Taylor, come on. He is a pro. He knows she is vulnerable and he is going to use her to get what he wants," Ridge says. Taylor says that it sounds like they are made for each other. "Come on, Doc," Ridge says. She tells him that Brooke is a grown up and doesn't need a chaperone... and she doesn't need anyone to bail her out, either. She got herself in this because of her promiscuous actions, Taylor states. Ridge says he won't let this go on and gets up, as Taylor calls after him.

"What do you mean? I might not be able to carry my baby to term? Is it that bad?" Amber asks. The doctor thinks that it could be. He goes over her medical history. "You have one kidney and had a concussion, which puts you as a high risk pregnancy." "But they took an ultra sound; my baby was fine," Amber says. The doctor thinks that when she passed out, even though it was only for a short time, the baby might have been deprived of some oxygen, and that might have weakened the uterine wall. That may have combined with her current stress to place the baby in jeopardy. "Your fetus is in a critical development, and we will know more when we do the ultra sound. Meanwhile, just relax and rest as much as possible," the doctor suggests.

Ridge comes over and says, "All right, you two, that is enough." Victor and Brooke are smiling. "Hi, what are you doing here?" Brooke asks, as she tells him that Victor and she are celebrating. Ridge looks at Victor and says that he had more in mind than just dinner. Victor admits he is enjoying himself. "You two are making a spectacle of yourselves. You're well known and a married man, and everyone is looking at you," Ridge criticizes. Brooke says, "Victor is well known and we are just enjoying ourselves." Victor says that he doesn't appreciate being interrupted. Ridge won't back down and says that he warned Victor about not taking advantage. "I know Brooke doesn't want to insult you, with your doing the perfume for us," Ridge states, "but I warned you." Victor says, "And I warned **YOU**." Ridge tries to tell Brooke that Victor is just using her. Victor doesn't appreciate Ridge causing a disturbance and asks, "If you have nothing else to say, kindly leave." Victor is standing up now. Ridge and Victor are head to head and Ridge says, "No, you're the one that is leaving, getting on that plane and going home to your lovely wife, who I am sure is waiting for you. Come on, Logan." Victor says she isn't going anywhere. Victor sits down and holds Brooke's hand and Ridge says, "OH FOR GOD'S SAKE, STOP TOUCHING HER." Taylor comes over and tells him that the valet has the car and she already paid the bill. "Come on, Ridge," she tells him. "Not until I teach him a lesson," Ridge says. "Come on, Ridge, we are leaving right now! The valet is waiting!" Taylor says. He leaves as Taylor looks at Brooke. Victor tells Brooke that he thinks it worked; Ridge was very upset. Brooke smiles at him.

Amber is talking with Kimberly and says, "My baby is in trouble." Kim tells her that she has to relax. "I can't. If I lose my baby, I lose everything," Amber says. "What do you mean you lose everything?" Kimberly wonders. Amber explains how she had given up her entire life. "What about Rick?" Kimberly asks. "He was going to go to college and I was going to be a singer in a band. I was going to tour Europe and the States, a big star. But I was 18 and I got pregnant, and I wasn't ready to give up my dreams or make Rick give up his; I was going to get rid of it. But I couldn't. No matter how I love to sing, I love this baby more. Having this little baby inside of me, growing... it changes you. Nothing could fulfill me the way this baby has. We created a miracle, bringing something so special into this world. This baby is going to have a good life that Rick and I never had." Kimberly is hugging Amber and they are crying.

With his job done, Victor says it is time to return to Genoa City. Brooke asks him to stay, but he thinks she needs time to deal with what has happened tonight. Brooke says that she can't thank Victor enough. They both are standing and she says, "Thank you, Victor. What you did to have Ridge see the truth... it's what I have been telling him all along. I have tried a long time to get Ridge to admit to his feelings for me... and thanks to you he has." "Good luck with the man you want. I hope one day our paths will again cross," Victor says. It takes a very rare person to make a great impression in his life, he explains. She hugs him good-bye as he takes his leave.

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Friday, January 29, 1999

Sitting by the fireplace at home, Brooke tells herself what a night she had; she caught Ridge, who finally let his feelings for her show, she says to herself with a smile. He couldn't stand to see her with Victor and showed how he really cares, she thinks.

As Ridge and Taylor come by to get Thomas, Stephanie asks what happened; she thought the baby was going to stay the night. Ridge doesn't want to talk about it, but Taylor says Stephanie will hear anyway when Brooke trumpets her triumph. Ridge then admits what happened. "Victor Newman happened," he states. Taylor says that it has nothing to do with Victor and **EVERYTHING** to do with Brooke, who was having dinner in the restaurant with Victor. Ridge defends himself, saying that Victor is a married man and was hitting on Brooke. He then says he doesn't want to discuss it and leaves the room to get Thomas. Taylor tells Stephanie that her son feels like he has to protect Brooke but he made a federal case out of it. Stephanie asks out of what, so Taylor explains that Victor kissed Brooke and Ridge went ballistic. "He would have taken off Victor's head if I wouldn't have dragged him out." Stephanie can't believe this. Taylor asks, "Why not? Come on, it's the same thing; Brooke gets into trouble and Ridge comes to her rescue. I can't take this anymore." Ridge has Thomas and tells Taylor it's time to go home. Stephanie wants to talk, but Ridge cuts off his mother and leaves with his wife and son.

Macy shows up at Sally's; Sally has been worried, as Macy has not been to the office or Insomnia lately. Macy says she was at home and Sally could have called her there, and Sally says she was worried with Adam's decision to leave. He didn't leave, Macy says, as she talked him out of it. Sally asks why she did that. Macy says she can't lose him; she needs her father in her life and thinks Sally does, too. Sally says "No, I don't, and you're not going to change my mind. I never want to see your father again." Macy says Adam wants to see Sally again, but Sally does not care. After what he did, she thinks they are better off without him in their lives. Macy asks for Sally to just give him a chance and Sally says she did; then she heard his story and nothing seemed real enough to make a difference. All she could think of is him walking out without warning, leaving them without hope while she and Macy had to fight. Meanwhile, he was free to start a new life, as if Sally and Macy never existed. Macy tries to empathize, pointing out that they need to work through all those emotions and bring their family back together. Sally would like to do that, but it is impossible, as she now knows she has no unresolved feelings for Macy's father. Those feelings died a long time ago, she now realizes.

As they come home, Ridge tells Taylor to let him have it. Taylor says that first he must be honest with himself and realize that Victor is not the issue. Ridge says that he didn't intend to spoil their evening and cause a ruckus. Taylor says no, he was just protecting Brooke, and the guy was taking advantage of her. Taylor says, "So you played the hero and rushed to her rescue once again." He thinks she is making too much of it, so she asks what if it was reversed: how would he feel if Taylor left him sitting at a table to go over to confront a woman kissing Pierce. Ridge says that is different; Pierce is her business partner, but Brooke is his **FRIEND**. He reminds her that he is married to her and that his relationship with Brooke is a platonic one, so she has nothing to be threatened by.

Brooke hears the doorbell, and then there is banging on the door. "OK, OK, I am coming," Brooke says. She is surprised to see Stephanie standing there. "What are you doing here?" Brooke asks. "Oh, don't act surprised; you know exactly why I am here," Stephanie says. Brooke tells her that she was heading up to bed, but that doesn't stop Steph. She is there to protect her older son, she says, as she makes her way into the living room. Brooke again says she is tired, and Steph says, "I bet you are after the show tonight. I know about you and Victor at the restaurant." "Really?" Brooke asks. "Yes, Ridge and Taylor told me," she states. Brooke assures her that Ridge's blowup didn't harm the deal with Jabot, but he does owe Victor an apology. Steph says the only apology he owes is to his wife. Taylor was upset, Brooke asks. "Of course she was; that is why you did it," Stephanie accuses. "Did what? Victor and I were celebrating our deal, and I didn't cause a scene," Brooke states. Stephanie tells Brooke that she planned it, hoping to get a reaction out of Ridge. "As it turned out, I did get a reaction; he was jealous. Sooooooooo jealous," Brooke replies, smiling at Stephanie.

"You're getting upset over nothing," Ridge states. This doesn't set too well with Taylor, who says in disbelief, "My husband loses it because he thinks his ex-wife is getting hit on... and I am not to get upset?" Ridge admits that perhaps he shouldn't have gotten it on with Victor with his doing business with Forrester, but he was hitting on her... and Ridge thought it wasn't right. "No Ridge, the problem is that you did it again; you let Brooke come between us. I told you to ignore them and just leave, but you couldn't do it. You had to make a scene, and that must have pleased Brooke to no end. You validated every one of her delusions and acted jealous," Taylor states. Ridge denies it. "I screwed up and am sorry. We can't keep going around in circles. We made a pact; I was going to lay off of Pierce and you weren't going to let Brooke bother you anymore," Ridge reminds her. "No, Ridge, we agreed to focus on our relationship and not to let Pierce or Brooke distract us from out live together. That was our deal, and you broke it," Taylor states.

Macy tells her mother that she knows she still loves dad. What feelings Sally had towards her father are of anger, Macy thinks, and what he did to them. Macy tells her how she saw her embrace dad. "When you realized he was alive, your first instinct was to embrace him, not to throw him out." Sally explains, "I was in shock; your father walked in and he was alive, and I had to make sure he was for real. Then reality set in; it wasn't anything he did or said. It was how I felt. Twenty-five years ago, your father deserted us; I don't think you know what it was like for me. I had to make sure you were protected, shielding you from the pain. I didn't want you to know how scared I was and it almost killed me. You don't understand that everything that I believed in was shattered, my dreams, my hopes, my faith. Any feelings of love and trust were taken from me. And now he comes back and I was that same vulnerable and insecure girl again. I can't go through it again. Your father comes waltzing back in, but I will never forget it... and the only way I can get over it is to never see your father again."

Staring at each other, Taylor goes on to tell Ridge how fixated he was on Brooke, and he again denies it. "Whatever you call it, you were distracted," she says. He finally admits she is right. Taylor brings up the wrap up party again, how it was the most important thing to her and her career, but he was with Brooke. "It couldn't be helped. It was a business meeting," Ridge defends. "And you promised it wouldn't happen again when you flew into a jealous rage and attacked Pierce. I have tried to focus on us, but you give all your attention to Brooke," Taylor states. She sometimes wonders if he is serious about their marriage, since she doesn't know what he wants. "We are going through a rough time, but you can't doubt me now, Doc. I love you," Ridge proclaims. Taylor says she loves him too, but she is tired of all the uncertainty and distraction, as she feels like she is always in competition with Brooke, his work, his attitude with Pierce and her job. "You tell me your top priority is with me and Thomas, but you don't show it." What are you saying? Ridge asks. Taylor answers, "Something has got to change!" She doesn't know how much more she can take, Taylor says.

"Ridge was not jealous!" Stephanie insists. "He didn't come over to say hello, and he jumped down Victor's throat. I knew what his feelings were, and he finally let it show in front of Taylor, Victor and Café Russe," Brooke says. "Taylor will not put up with this," Stephanie says. "Oh my god, I know. It must have been humiliating, being left alone at a table like that. No woman should ever be treated like that way. At least she knows where she stands... she is not Ridge's #1 concern," Brooke says, feeling very confidant. "You don't think these theatrics will break them up?" Stephanie asks. "Come on, Stephanie. Taylor is not stupid. She saw Ridge's behavior for what it was. The cat is out of the bag. They are finished; it's over. Their marriage has been teetering on the brink for months, and Ridge's actions tonight might be the thing to push it over the edge," Brooke believes.

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