Claws on the cat­walk

STEAL­ING Emma’s LIMELIGHT AT THE FASH­ION SHOW, Zoe INGRATIATES HER WAY INTO AN AN­GRY Xan­der’s LIFE WHILE PLOTTING TO ELIM­I­NATE Emma!

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Bri­tish im­port Zoe Buck­ing­ham hasn’t an­nounced her ar­rival in LA qui­etly. Ob­sessed with Xan­der Avant, very much the ob­ject of her af­fec­tions, Zoe has al­ready mis­tak­enly tar­geted Hope with vi­cious on­line threats – in­stead of her true prey, Emma, his lat­est love in­ter­est. With each pass­ing day, Zoe’s be­hav­iour has grown darker, lead­ing her to re­cently take ad­van­tage of an in­ad­ver­tent col­li­sion with a model at the Hope for the Fu­ture fash­ion show to en­able her to step in and model the show­stop­per gown! She knew she’d up­stage Emma, whose ear­lier dance rou­tine had won such warm ap­plause from the crowd.

In the fall­out from the show, For­rester Creations is agog at the me­dia buzz the mys­te­ri­ous Zoe (Kiara Barnes) has cre­ated, with Eric (John McCook) and Ridge (Thorsten Kaye) be­ing es­pe­cially pleased with her tal­ented per­for­mance. Poor Emma (Nia Sioux) de­flates on the side­lines, out­raged at Zoe snatch­ing the thun­der out from un­der her on the run­way. She moans to Xan­der (Adain Bradley) that she should be the one ac­cept­ing plau­dits from the me­dia and in­dus­try fig­ures, but in­stead she’s sure Zoe planned the fi­nale’s mod­el­ling switch just to hurt and un­der­mine her.

En­raged on Emma’s be­half, Xan­der vows he won’t stand for Zoe’s trou­ble­mak­ing and bursts into Ridge’s (Thorsten Kaye) of­fice to plead his girl­friend’s case. In­ter­rupt­ing as Ridge thanks Zoe for sav­ing the show’s most im­por­tant fi­nal mo­ment, Xan­der tells Ridge that an un­in­vited Zoe fol­lowed him to town from Lon­don be­cause she’s in love with him, de­spite him hav­ing no feel­ings for her. Un­for­tu­nately, Xan­der’s hopes of Ridge ban­ish­ing Zoe are ham­pered by her re­quest to speak in her de­fence to en­sure the big guy will em­ploy her!

Ap­palled at her au­dac­ity, Xan­der or­ders Ridge not to give her a job af­ter what she’s done to Emma -- but Zoe in­ter­jects that she’s over be­ing jeal­ous of his feel­ings for Emma and vows not to in­ter­fere in their re­la­tion­ship if ev­ery­one gives her a chance to prove her worth in the in­dus­try. Af­ter Thorne (Ingo Rademacher) also tells Ridge that Zoe made the on­line threats against Emma, he agrees with Thorne and Xan­der’s as­ser­tion that it’s best if Zoe re­turns to the UK and doesn’t let the door hit her on the way out!

Feel­ing tri­umphant, Xan­der and Emma grab a lit­tle pri­vate time, with him hastily as­sur­ing his girl­friend that the his­tory he shared with Emma is just that: in the past. Tak­ing Emma into his arms, Xan­der prom­ises never to hurt her and they kiss.

Across town, Zoe re­turns home, com­pletely un­de­terred by the For­rester hi­er­ar­chy’s sug­ges­tion that she get go­ing. Re­liv­ing mem­o­ries of her run­way glory, a de­fi­ant Zoe tells her only con­fi­dante, Harry the cat, that they aren’t go­ing back home be­cause she and “daddy” are get­ting back to­gether! She can feel it and the only thing stand­ing in the way is Emma…

Spend­ing sev­eral days plotting her next evil trick, Zoe arouses Xan­der’s sus­pi­cions when he doesn’t hear any con­fir­ma­tion from her that she’s left LA. Los­ing pa­tience, Xan­der fi­nally ap­pears on her doorstep in­tent on en­sur­ing she gets on a plane with­out fur­ther de­lay, know­ing that her un­wanted pres­ence is play­ing havoc with Emma’s al­ready frag­ile emo­tions. Sud­denly, Xan­der is caught off guard when he finds Zoe loung­ing in a skimpy bikini. She’s clearly hop­ing the sight of her near-nude body will be enough for him to suc­cumb to her se­duc­tion – and she’s con­fi­dent that she has him right where she wants him.

Af­ter Thorne vis­its and con­vinces her to stay in town and take a job mod­el­ling for For­rester Creations, Zoe’s ex­cite­ment is con­sum­ing her: she ac­cepts and im­pul­sively rushes into Xan­der’s arms! From the shad­ows, Emma watches this in­ti­mate dis­play, seething to think that Zoe will do any­thing to hurt her. With Zoe pri­vately plan­ning to deal with her, Emma has no idea that if she pushes the un­sta­ble English­woman too far, her very life could be at stake!

THE BOLD AND THE BEAU­TI­FUL WEEKDAYS 4.30PM ON TEN Run­way ruc­tions po­larise Zoe and Emma (Nia Sioux)!

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