Ashley is still wincing from Brooke's slap, she says, "How dare you!" Brooke replies, "No, how dare you! Suggesting that I used my rape to get close to Ridge. You should be ashamed!"
Don’t Fall For That Trap!
Thorne has it out with his Father and Donna! Ashley and Brooke tell each other exactly how they feel. Ridge chooses Ash over Brooke, but then feels uneasy!
Thorne watches as Eric and Donna kiss, suddenly Donna sees him, her eyes grow wide, "Thorne!" They stop and look at him, he tells them not to stop, to keep going and he'll get a bowl of popcorn! Thorne then, turns to Eric, "Now I know why mother left!" Eric stammers that she doesn't know about this. "Yet, " Thorne yells, "I can't believe this, you know what this woman tried to do to me, hell you were my best man! I can't believe you're going to fall into this trap!"
Ashley tells Brooke, "What that man did to you was vile!" Brooke spits, "You have a lovely way of expressing it!" Ashley continues, "I'm sorry, lo0ok, what I meant was Ridge let you lean on him when you were most vulnerable,and when I found out I supported that, and I support you as colleagues and as parents, but I do not support you taking advantage of this situation." Brooke interrupts, "You're crossing the line again!" Ashley screams, "No! You're crossing the line! When you ask him to sit in on your therapy sessions, when you ask him to drive up to Big Bear. If something like that happens in the future I hope you have the good sense to call..." Brooke rages, "If?! Are you questioning me?!" Ash says, "Stop taking my words and twisting them around. Listen to what I have to say, my fiance cannot be the sole person you turn to when you think you need help. You think you need him, but you don't. Would you like a list of the other people that know what happened to you so you can call one of them? Unless, of course, you're trying to send me a message that everytime you send out distress signals he'll come running, which only proves my point." Brooke says, "Yes, Ridge still cares about me!" Ashley paces, "Because of your kids, Brooke, and he's a decent human being, but don't mistake that as an invitation to help yourself!" Brooke glares, "You are so naive about what's really between us." Ash rolls her eyes, "Oh I've heard it, believe me I've heard it - Your love for Ridge is legendary, this week, what about next week when a better offer comes along!" Brooke says she wishes Ridge could hear Ashley right now. Ash says he'd recognize that she's smart enough to see through Brooke's blatant attempts to manipulate.. Brooke, hands on hip, says,"Manipulate, you want to talk to me about manipulation? That's Stephanie's game, not mine. And she put you right in the middle of it. You're her little pawn." Ashley asks, "What are you saying, that because she prefers me as a daughter-in-law, I'm sorry, but I'm not going to apologize for that." Brooke continues, "You have no idea what this woman is capable of, none! She is using you in her plot. If I was with somebody else, Ridge would be free to be with you, so she sent Andy, that animal, after me. That is how sick and twisted she really is. Because she knows the power that Ridge and I share - and I believe that you know it too!"
Ashley is incredulous, "You're telling me Stephanie set you up to be raped?!" Brooke replies, "If you don't believe me ask Ridge. She sought the man out, sent him to my house, told him that my kids had been taken from me, how vulnerable I was, and even told him where the key was to my front door. Your best friend, Stephanie Forrester is an accessory to what happened to me." Ash counters, "Do you actually think that she meant for you to be raped? I can't believe she would do something that horrible." Brooke says, "Well, maybe she didn't know it would go that far, but I was raped and it was the worst hours of my life! All so Ridge could be with someone sweet like you." Ashley muses, "So that's why he's been spending so much time with you, he feels guilty about his mother's involvement." Brooke is flustered, "No Ashley, he's been spending time with me because he loves me, why can't you.." Ashley holds up her hand, "I'm trying very hard to make sense of all this, it's pretty convoluted don't you think?" Brooke replies, "No it's really simple, you would be an ideal wife for Ridge, in Stephanie's mind, but you're not what he needs, not what he wants. He needs someone who excites him, who understands him and Ridge and I we share a child together.." Ashley rolls her head back, "Oh, c'mon..." Brooke raises her voice, "And don't you dare say I'm using my little boy, I don't need to do that, and Ridge doesn't need to reach out to me, he wants to, that's why he came up to Big Bear last night. My needs will always come before yours, is that the kind of marriage you want? You really should talk to Taylor about this. Because Ridge and I are a fact you will have to deal with every single day! Ask yourself that!
Eric defends himself to Thorne, "Donna is not a trap!" Thorne smirks, "Oh, you're eyes are wide open right? That's exactly what I told myself!" Eric says he's sorry that this is upsetting for Thorne, but he's not sorry about my relationship with Donna! Thorne goes wild, "Relationship!! Have you gone stupid?! You're married for god's sake, dad! You know this woman is a fraud how could you do this to mother?! I expected more from you."
Ridge comes into the office where Ashley is, "I owe you an explanation for why I went to Big Bear last night." Ash responds, "Because of your mother? Brooke told me that she knew Andy Johnson and that she encouraged him, is that true?" Ridge says, "Unfortunately yes, mother says she never intended for Brooke to get hurt, but she didn't check out what kind of guy she was sending over to Brooke." Ashley muses, "No wonder, you didn't want to open all this up with me..." Ridge still can't believe that his mother could do something like this. Ashley looks at him, "So you're spending all this time with Brooke out of guilt, your not responsible. You don't have to go on paying penance by being on call 24/7."
Ashley softens toward Ridge, "You're such a compassionate man, that's one of the things I love about you, but all this time your spending with Brooke is not such a good thing." Ridge agrees, "You're right, I do feel guilty." Ashley continues, "I know you want to help her, but I think she's misreading your intent." Ridge is unsure, "Misreading?" Ashley explains, "Yeah, she put me on notice, Ridge. She said what the two of you share is more profound than what we'll ever have together and I should accept that. She was pretty blunt. I know you want to help her, but we're getting married. Do you want her clinging to the hope that you're going to get back together everytime you go to her rescue? Cause that's what she's thinking."
Donna confronts Thorne, "A fraud?! How dare you call me a fraud!" Eric addresses Thorne, "You will not talk about Donna that way." Thorne asks how else his father would explain it. Eric tells his son that Donna has brought to him something completely unexpected, I had no idea how many things in my life I had given up for lost, until she came along. Thorne sarcastically says that he's very aware of her healing powers, but the fact remains that, "you're a married man." Eric tells him, "Your mother has done something very, very bad, and it cannot be fixed this time." Thorne protests, "Yes it can! And it still doesn't justify you throwing away a marriage for a predatory female!" Donna fights back, "I did not prey on your Father! What we have is mutual!" Thorne tells her to save it. She continues, "Do I despise your mother, yes. But this relationship is not about revenge!I am very attracted to your father." Thorne sneers, "Of course you are Donna, he's got money and power and is married to your arch enemy. It's a match made in heaven for you!" Donna leaves the room and Thorne asks his Father if he needs to be shaken...
Ashley continues to tell Ridge that he's not doing Brooke any favors by always saying yes to her. She acknowledges that he got her in to counseling, but feels he's sending her mixed signals. It's up to Brooke to follow through,and if she needs someone to see her through, sit in her sessions, what about one of her sisters, or Bridget? Ridge asks if this is really bothering her. She tells him, yes, it does. Ashley says she knows he wants the best for Brooke, and she does too, just consider what I'm saying. Ridge reminds her that she knew what she was getting into with Brooke and him - there's alot of history there. But he also acknowledges that she couldn't have forseen it being this complicated. Ashley agrees that it is extraordinary circumstances, but Brooke is strong, and in the end Brooke's going to have to help herself. Ridge agrees. Ashley asks, "So will you talk to her about the counseling sessions?" Brooke enters right then and asks Ridge if he's ready to go. Ridge tells Brooke that he feels he can only help her so far and he thinks she should go to the session on your own. Brooke complains, "But you said you'd be there." He apologizes her for leading to believe that he could be there for all of her sessions, but tells her he really thinks she should do this on her own. Brooke says quietly, "Okay I'll go alone." She glares at Ashley pointedly as she leaves. Ridge turns and looks at Ashley too.
Later, Ashley and Ridge have turned their attention to work. Ashley is telling him, "As far as the rest of the equipment goes I think I can make do with...Hello, You aren't listening are you?" Ridge apologizes for tuning out, but says he doesn't like the way he's left things with Brooke. He feels like everyone has put their cards on the table but him. Ashley says for him to go and tell her how he's going to spend the rest of your life, she needs to hear that from straight from him...
Beth notes that Brooke is upset about Ridge not being there. She tells Brooke she should know that some rape victims can't handle being around any men. She and Ridge have a strong bond, that's a positive sign. Brooke tells her how she feels about him, and that she hopes someday he'll walk through that door and be home to stay.
Thorne is still pacing and asking Eric what he is thinking, getting sucked in by 'that woman'. Eric tells Thorne that Donna has made him take a good look at his life. At the gifts he's been squandering, and at the way he's been cutting himself off from humanity, "You're telling me about moral outrage, there are all kinds of sins, and mine has been not living up to my potential. I have gone inside, and what I've found there, it's dead, and for what? To stay with your mother? For you kids? This is not a dress rehearsal, this is all we get! You of all people know how it can all be pulled out from under you in an instant!" Thorne still wants to know, "What about mother? What about her life?" Eric mutters that her life is her business. Thorne begs, "To throw away a lifetime of memories and family because of Donna Logan?! Please don't let her destroy what you and Mother had, it's not worth it." Donna stands listnening outside the door. She is in deep thought as Thorne leaves.
Brooke opens the door to Ridge. He asks if she's in the middle of something. She replies, "No. Beth was here but we finished." Ridge asks how it went. She tells him, "We managed. Did you change your mind about coming?" He explains that he didn't like the way they had left things, it's not the way he wants things to be between the two of them, but there are some issues that they need to talk about. Brooke asks, "What issues? What do you want to tell me Ridge?"