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    Love Away the Pain

    Friday, August 03 2007
    Ridge hopes love will help him get past Ashley's betrayal. Donna promises that she can help Thorne deal with his lingering pain over Darla's death.

    At Ridge's house, he listens as Ashley continues trying to convince him of the benefits of forgiveness. The front door opens and the kids run inside - with Abby! Stephanie follows announcing that she thought they would all have a barbeque! Ridge begins to protest that it isn't a good time, but Steph brushes past him, clucking that "that is nonsense, it's the perfect time for a barbeque." The previously tense Ridge and Ashley allow themselves a smile as Ash asks "Does anyone ever say 'no' to that woman?"

    At Brooke's, Donna watches as Brooke works distractedly, then as Brooke shows her a DVD that the kids made for her. Donna mentions that she saw the kids earlier that day at Bikini Beach. Brooke says she's glad that Ridge is getting out with them, but Donna tells her that, in fact, they were with Stephanie. Brooke sighs and vows to stay on the right track and be responsible so she can get them back. Donna makes a comment as she begins to leave; "you will, Stephanie won't...", but doesn't explain herself. Brooke asks where she's going and Donna simply says (with a knowing look) "I've got a date."

    Stephanie plays cupid.

    Around the pool, Eric, Stephanie, Ashley and Ridge sip drinks while they watch the kids swim. Stephanie quietly remarks to Ridge that Abby has the makings of a great 'big sister'. He asks her to "please stop, Mother." She tells him he just needs to get over his (still) hurt feelings to find his way back to Ash. She reminds him that Eric broke her heart many times, but she went back because she knows she wouldn't be better off without him. "I swallowed my pride," she says, "pride's a wonderful thing, but you can't go home to it at night." She tells him that he can swallow his pride too... As Stephanie goes to sit with Eric, the kids run over asking to go home to Brooke. Stephanie puts them off with the promise of dessert and a sleep-over. She encourages Abby to stay too. When Abby asks her mother if she can, Ashley glances sidelong at Ridge remarking, "Well our kids are fine, but you and I, I'm not so sure about..."

    Meanwhile, Donna arrives at Thorne's door. He is surprised to see her as he had planned on picking her up. She questions why he is so 'dressed up'. He tells her he thought dinner a Cafe Russe would be nice. She immediately accuses him of trying to 'pay her off' for the other night. "I'm not a hooker, Thorne, regardless of what you're mother may say about me." she asserts. He is taken aback, and assures her that he would never think that. To assauge her seemingly hurt feelings he offers to just stay at his place for food and a couple beers. She agrees. When he leaves the room to change out of his dress clothes, Donna spots a framed photo of Darla on a tabletop. Thorne comes back and sees her looking at it and explains that Allie had wanted to put out some mementos on the one-year anniversary of her mother's death, and he had yet to put them away. He asks Donna if she's okay. "Perfect." she replies, slipping on Darla's ring, "it's perfect" (under her breath)

    Back at Ridge's, Ashley tells Abby that she is not allowed to sleep-over, but can go watch the rest of the movie with the other children. Stephanie and Eric try to make their exit, but Ridge stops them and says they started this barbeque, so could they please stay and watch the children - so that he could talk to Ashley. Stehpanie agrees eagerly.

    Donna tells Thorne she cares.

    At Thorne's, Donna is trying to get a conversation going about Stephanie's mistreatment of her sister, Brooke. Thorne isn't biting though. Donna asks why he has no opinion and he replies that no one in his family listens to his opinions anyway, so why bother having one. They debate whether to have another beer or not, when Donna suddenly states,"you're not much of a drinker, are you Thorne?" He says no, he's not. "And yet, you don't remember going to bed with me?" As Thorne searches around the room for something, Donna pulls out a bottle of prescription pills,"Is this what you're looking for?" He accuses her of going in his pockets, but she deflects his concern by continuing to talk. "You aren't supposed to mix these with alcohol. They're some kind of anti-anxiety medicine, it also says they can be addictive!" Thorne begins to protest, but she cuts him off,"I know you didn't think anyone would notice, but I don't look the other way - you've got a problem, don't you?" A defeated looking Thorne holds his head in his hands.

    Eric and Stephanie have noticed that Ridge's bedroom light is on - and that Ashley is missing. "Things are looking up." a smug Stephanie comments.

    Ridge invites Ash "in".

    Up in Ridge's bedroom, he sits comtemplatively as Ash sticks her head in to tell him that she and Abby are leaving. He asks her to come in and close the door - he doesn't want her to leave...

    Back at Thorne's house, he is spilling his guts to Donna about the pills. He explains that it began with not being able to sleep, so he went to the doctor. "If time heals all wounds," he asks Donna, "then my is mine still there every morning?" He tells her that Darla was the only person who ever made him feel like the most important person in his own life. "Why are you alone?" he asks Donna. "I'm not - at the moment." she replies. He wonders why she's even there with him, when she hates his family. She suggests that he hates them too, but he says no, not all of them. He says he thinks Donna is there because, like him, she doesn't give a damn. They have gotten physically close by this point, and Donna tells him that he doesn't need the pills to take the pain away, she has another way. WIth that, she blindfolds him and begins to undo the buttons on his shirt..

    In Ridge's bedroom, he is telling Ashley that he doesn't know how to "do this." He is bewildered that Phoebe is not holding a grudge against Ash, but that he still feels bad. He tells her that he can't forgive her, but then surprises her by adding,"but I have to - because I love you." He says he's scared to death of it, but it's what he's wanted, and he almost let her walk away. He reminds her that he hates what she did, and she softly says,"I didn't know you were going to be the man in my life..." They agree that in new relationships there are many things to tell and un-tell. Ash apologizes yet again and assures him that she'll put him first from now on. "We're both bruised." Ridge remarks. She tells him that if they make-up she is playing for keeps. He says that's alright with him, and they begin to kiss deeply, falling down onto Ridge's bed...

    Stephanie's plan works.

    As Brooke sits in her living room, crying and watching the DVD of her children, over at Ridge's, the lights have gone off in Ridge's bedroom and a very satisfied Stephanie sends Eric to tell Abby that "Mommy has changed her mind, she can sleep-over."

    As Donna caresses and seduces a still-blindfolded Thorne, her mind is filled with the wrongs and indignities visited upon her mother, sister and family by Stephanie Forrester. Thorne is quite happy and not feeling like sleeping, so Donna keeps it up - smiling and imagining herself as the next Mrs. Thorne Forrester...

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    Posted by pat102101 at Friday, August 03 2007 12:18 PM

    God I hope Donna falls in love wth Thorne so that it will make all this worth wild because as much as I want to see Stephanie get whats comming to her I don't want to see Thorne hurt anymore than he already has been over the last few years.

    Posted by judy_bo_booty at Friday, August 03 2007 12:23 PM

    Obviously someone made the dvd for Brooke's kids. Had to be Ridge?
    Hopefully Donna will fall in love with patethic Thorne, so she doesn't end up being a total b****. But for now, that is as low as they come.

    Posted by gypsymama at Friday, August 03 2007 12:27 PM

    ladies i'm out 4 the wkend. i posted 4 2day under yesterdays at the end #9 i think. y'all have a most wunderful (dry) wkend. lookin 4ward 2 r visits next wk. i go mon. 2 school 2 renew my cpr cerification. daisy keep ur chin up darlin. remember, every day, is a BRAND new day. ur all the best!!!!!! all u other day time posters and night timers, have a good wkend as well. Brooke & Nick 4-Ever!!!!

    Posted by judy_bo_booty at Friday, August 03 2007 12:59 PM

    What is wrong with co-parenting? Why can't Brooke and Ridge share the kids? Why does Brooke get to get them back?
    they should split 50/50 like normal parents do. Then she can pursue her work interests and so can Ridge.\
    That seems like it would be the thing they would want to end up with, not one parent over the other.
    Donna shouldn't drag Thorne through more heartache to get back at Stephanie, that is a low woman right there. She could be more helpful to Brooke by staying out of it. Brooke is on the right track herself. She doesn't need friends or family like Donna if that is her way to help. I don't think Brooke would approve of her efforts either.

    Posted by bonifay at Friday, August 03 2007 01:03 PM

    I agree pat102101 I think Thorne and Donna are great together they need more men if Ashley is with Ridge and Taylor has Nick because Brooke has to have a man she can't make it a month without telling a man she loves them they are her destiny

    Posted by soapscum at Friday, August 03 2007 01:38 PM

    Thorne does'nt deserve to be hurt again, hopefully Donna will fall in love with him.

    Posted by pat102101 at Friday, August 03 2007 01:41 PM

    Split the kids 50/50 they wont even let Brooke see her kids. She did not deserve to have those kids taken away from her. Late In KY I agree with you on this one Ridge isn't even spending anytime with those kids so why not let Brooke see them. Stepanie needs to stay out of it.

    Posted by Etta at Friday, August 03 2007 02:28 PM

    Everyone seem to hate Stephanie, but I like Stephanie. She's only concern about her children just like any mother. I really hope Stephanie puts Donna in her place. Writers please don't have us viewers wait too long for Donna evil ways to get back at Stephanie come out. I hope you let her plan backfire on her. Usually, when one plans bad things for someone else in real life, it backfires.

    Posted by jady at Friday, August 03 2007 02:36 PM

    There is nothing wrong with co-parenting as judy_bo_booty said.
    Brooke and Ridge shares only RJ but Ridge is kind enough to take Hope inn and Brooke should be grateful. Lets don't forget that!
    Donna is a Deceitful Woman, NOT a REAL Woman.
    The kids are definetely not being tormented!!!

    Posted by boldandbeautiful214 at Friday, August 03 2007 02:41 PM

    Donna wants to be Thorne's own Logan like Brooke is Ridge's Logan .

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