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Monday, January 8, 2001

The show starts with Amber visiting Little Eric at Deacon's place. She talks about how much the baby needs his mother. He tells her that it is the reason that he let her see him. Amber tries to impress upon Deacon that his place is not a safe environment for the baby, but he tells her that he is sick of the mother knows best crap because it really wasn't none of her business. She can't believe that he is blowing away a million bucks, but he tells her for now that he is keeping the baby. She is also bothered by his drinking. She tells him that a real father would not get drunk in front of his child. She refuses to leave the baby with him and tells him that she is staying.

Meanwhile at the Forrester Gate House, Rick is upset because he hasn't heard from Amber. He is waiting for her to call when Stephanie comes over to bring him dinner. He tells her that he is worried because he hasn't heard from Amber since she had gone to visit the baby. He believes that she can take care of herself as long as she knows what she is up against. Deacon believes that she is bluffing and wouldn't dream of staying there. Amber proves her point by calling Rick to tell him that she is staying. He tells her that it is out of the question. She explains that she has to because someone has to watch out for the baby. Rick tries to explain to her that it could be dangerous. They profess their love to one another and he tells her to be careful. Deacon tells her that she has a lot of nerve inviting herself to stay, but she tells him that she wouldn't have to if he had let her take the baby home. Deacon follows them into the bedroom and jumps on the bed. Amber tells him that it is not a slumber party and that she was only there to take care of her son. She tells him that she was going to bed and that he was to leave the room. Amber puts the baby to bed and sings him a lullaby and she tries to lock the door, but the lock is broken. She tells the baby that she would soon be taking him home and they would be a family again. She lays down with the baby as the door opens.

Ridge is sitting outside when Eric joins him. He tells his father that he is scared because he can't lose Taylor and his kids. He doesn't know what to do because he has begged for her forgiveness, but she threw him out and won't talk to him at this time. Eric explains that they are both under a great deal of stress, but he believes that they will get through it. Ridge wants to know how he can get through to Taylor. Eric tells him that it will take time because she is hurt and angry. Ridge says that it makes him sad because he is the one that did that to her and destroyed the family. He said that it tore his heart out to walk out of the house and he doesn't want to feel that way for the rest of his life. Eric tells him to give Taylor time and to not force a decision before she is ready to make it.

Taylor's father comes to visit to help her sort through her feelings about her marital situation. He tries to comfort her and tells her that none of it is her fault. Taylor tells him that she is not blaming herself, but that she is very confused. She tells him that a few days ago she was sure about everything in her life. She said that she had a marriage and a family. Jack tells her that Ridge still loves her and wanted to know if she believed him. She said that she wanted to, but that he had lied to her for months and it would be very hard to get the trust back. She said that even if she took him back that she would always have her doubts about him. She said that Ridge was the only man who had ever been able to sweep her off her feet and that he had followed her to St. Thomas because he said that he could not live without her. Her father believes that in time that she could get past it. She said that if Ridge was totally committed to her then he would not have cheated. Her father tells her that it is only something that she can decide. She said that maybe she had already decided.

Taylor said that Morgan feels that she hasn't done anything wrong. Jack tells her that if Morgan tried to kill Clarke then she was capable of anything. Jack tells her that Ridge is not in love with Morgan and was manipulated as she was. He tells her that he will support whatever decision she makes, but that he wanted her to think about it long and hard. Taylor is walking along the beach crying. She said that they used to be so happy and in love and that now she just didn't know. She hears a car door close and calls out. It's Ridge. She wants to know what he was doing there. She tells him that she wanted to be alone, but he says that he can't oblige. He said that he would follow her to the ends of the earth, and that he would be wherever she is because that is where he belongs. He grabs her by the shoulders and tells her that he loves her. He said that if she had any thoughts about running away or pushing him out of her life, then she had just forget about it. She tries to run away from him, but he grabs her and tells her that their marriage would not end that way. She looks at him stunned with tears still in her eyes.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2001

A tipsy Deacon sneaks back into the bedroom, unaware that Amber is pretending that she's asleep. Drinking from a bottle of whiskey, Deacon mumbles Amber's name over and over again in a playful way and then quietly announces how much he admires her and her desire to raise the baby. He leans over and as he rubs her thigh, tries to kiss her. Carmen bursts into the room and spots him in the compromising position. She starts to lay into him but he takes her outside so that Amber won't wake and faces off against her. Carmen demands that he get rid of Amber but Deacon refuses and tells her to get out if she's unhappy. Realizing that he's serious, Carmen apologizes and goes to their bedroom to get ready for bed. Amber peaks out and hears Deacon tell her "goodnight." Ridge confronts Taylor on the beach and promises that he has never strayed in his heart since they were married in St. Thomas. He pleads with her to have faith in the love they share and suggests that they go back to the same spot where they were married in St. Thomas to renew their vows. With tears in her eyes, Taylor agrees. Clarke visits with a somber Morgan and reveals that Stephanie was pestering him with questions about the situation. He urges her to leave town while Ridge and Taylor try to handle their marital troubles.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2001

Ridge and Taylor awakened in each other's arms after a night of lovemaking. Ridge thanked Taylor for forgiving him. She brought up Morgan and wondered if this mess was really over, citing that Morgan holds her responsible for the loss of her baby. Ridge assured Taylor that Morgan could no longer hurt them and said that he didn't even want to hear her name mentioned again. The happy couple got dressed and went downstairs to find Jack and Catherine with the kids. Jack was pleasantly surprised to find Ridge home and both he and Taylor assured him that everything was all right between them again. Jack offered to take Thomas to school and the girls out for breakfast so that Ridge and Taylor could enjoy some more time alone.

Eric tried to persuade Stephanie to support Thorne's marriage to Brooke as he had, but she would hear nothing of it. Then they both noticed that Ridge's car was not in the driveway and realized that he hadn't slept there last night. Eric wondered if he and Taylor had reconciled but Stephanie was concerned that maybe Ridge stayed up all night depressed and distraught. Eric told Stephanie to get her coat and they would find out for certain where Ridge was. The two headed for Ridge and Taylor's house to get some answers.

Over at Brooke's house, she and Thorne lay kissing in bed and talked about their upcoming wedding. Thorne suggested calling the church but Brooke said she wanted something more intimate. She mentioned to him that her entire family was coming in for the wedding and Thorne lamented over the fact that most of his family would not likely be there. Brooke encouraged Thorne to think positively, citing that if Rick, Bridget and Eric could give their blessing, then perhaps the rest of the family would too. She convinced Thorne to come with her to talk to both Ridge and Stephanie in an attempt to persuade them to offer their support.

Ridge was in the process of placing a call to his parents to let him know that he was back home, when the door bell rang and in walked Eric and Stephanie. They were overjoyed to discover that Ridge and Taylor had reconciled. Stephanie commended Taylor for forgiving Ridge and said that she was relieved that Morgan had not been successful in breaking apart the couple. Ridge and Taylor informed Eric and Stephanie of their plans to take the kids and go back to St. Thomas, where Ridge first proposed, so that the two could renew their wedding vows. Everyone hugged and then the door bell rang again. This time it was Brooke and Thorne who arrived hand in hand. Stephanie was not pleased to see them together and asked what they wanted. Brooke explained that they were here to announce their upcoming wedding plans and were asking for their support. She tried reaching out to Stephanie suggesting that they put the past behind them and finally put an end to the fighting and animosity. Stephanie didn't believe in Brooke's sincerity and told her that what she was asking was ridiculous. Brooke refused to give up saying that she had always admired Stephanie for her principals, morality and her high regard for the importance of family unity. She encouraged Stephanie to bury the hatchet, start fresh and unite the entire Forrester family by agreeing to support the marriage of Brooke and Thorne. All eyes were on Stephanie when Brooke reached out her hand as a peace offering.



Thursday, January 11, 2001

At Ridge and Taylor's house, while Stephanie and Eric were there, Brooke pleaded with Stephanie for her forgiveness and her approval of her wedding to Thorne. Brooke begged Stephanie to end the war between the two of them that had been going on for years. An unbelieving Stephanie asked Thorne if he put Brooke up to this? Ultimately, Stephanie told Brooke that she couldn't forgive her and put the past behind them. Stephanie reminded Brooke that years ago she had stolen Eric from her. Brooke continued to plead with Stephanie. Brooke told her that she respects her a lot and if she can't approve of her and Thorne's relationship, she still wants her to be present at their wedding. Stephanie told Brooke that she's learned after all of these years that she's unscrupulous and immoral. Thorne responded to Stephanie by saying that if "you want to live in the past, fine, but the door will always be open." Thorne made a plea to Ridge to be his best man. Taylor intervened and told Thorne that she and Ridge need to discuss it in private. Ridge nixed Taylor's idea and coldly refused Thorne. Brooke blamed herself for Ridge's refusal. Ridge told Brooke that he doesn't hate her. Thorne and Brooke left without Stephanie and Ridge's approval.

Amber had spent a couple of nights at Deacon's place because she was afraid to leave Eric alone with him. While still there in the morning, she told Rick on the telephone that she had hardly slept because she was frightened. Rick asked her if Deacon had tried to touch her? Rick told her it was the last night that she would have to stay at Deacon's. Rick had requested that Jonathan obtain a million dollars in cash to offer Deacon. Amber criticized Deacon for smoking a cigarette in front of Eric. Deacon complimented Amber on her parenting skills and assumed she didn't get them from her mother. Amber told him she learned "what not to do from her mother." Amber also told Deacon that she's aware of the way he looks at her like a toy. She made it clear to Deacon that there is no chance of a relationship between them because the two of them are as different as heaven and hell. Rick and Jonathan brought the million dollars in cash to Deacon. Again, Deacon refused the money as an exchange for terminating his parental rights to Eric. Profoundly shocked and angered, Rick and Amber left Deacon's apartment, again being forced by Deacon to leave Eric behind alone with Deacon.



Friday, January 12, 2001

Brooke happily recalled the day when she asked Thorne to be her husband and he accepted. Thorne came in and he and Brooke talked excitedly about their upcoming nuptials. Brooke asked Thorne if he had heard from either Stephanie or Ridge and Thorne told her that he had not. He said that it was unlikely that either his mother or brother would change their minds about this wedding but that should not prevent them from having the best day of their lives. A saddened Brooke wished things could be different. Thorne snuck away and phoned Eric, hoping that he could try once more to get Stephanie to reconsider.

Rick and Bridget came in from their morning run and the two discussed the wedding plans. Both agreed that they supported this marriage as long as their mother was happy. Shortly thereafter, the Logan family arrived and Brooke and Thorne happily greeted them. They took a few minutes to catch up with what everyone has been doing lately. Then Thorne made a brief speech thanking everyone for being there and also admitted that his entire family would not likely be present for the wedding.

Brooke spoke with her parents and her father asked if she was sure about Thorne being the right man for her. Brooke assured her dad that he possessed all the wonderful qualities that her father did and she couldn't be happier or more in love. Brooke then went to talk to Bridget. She asked her daughter if she would be her maid of honor. Bridget happily accepted and again apologized to her mom for fighting this marriage for so long. Brooke lamented to Bridget that she only wished Stephanie could put the past behind them and give her blessing to this marriage. Bridget told her mom not to give up on Stephanie just yet.

Over at the Forrester mansion, Eric tried in vain to convince Stephanie to attend Brooke and Thorne's wedding. Stephanie said that she would never be able to forgive Brooke for all the pain and destruction she has brought their family over the years. Eric told Stephanie that Brooke is not the same person now as she was back then. Stephanie went on to say that she could never get over the fact that Brooke tore apart her marriage and stole her husband. Eric reminded his wife that he walked out on their marriage all those years ago and that Brooke was not entirely to blame. Stephanie said that Brooke has never felt any guilt or remorse for what she's done and therefore she does not believe she is a changed person. Eric tried to appeal to his wife's sense of family, citing that she should be at the wedding today for the sake of her son, if for no other reason. Stephanie, however, wouldn't budge. She adamantly told Eric that she has never and will never consider Brooke a member of the Forrester family.

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