WILL RIDGE BE JAILED?
When the truth about bribing the custody case judge leaks, and Bill gets wind of it, there’ll be hell to pay!
Bribing Judge McMullen to decide Will’s custody case in Katie’s favour certainly wasn’t one of Ridge’s most upstanding moments. However, he has absolutely no misgivings about illegally tampering with proceedings! Bill was defeated in his bid to steal his son from Katie – and hurting Bill Spencer makes Ridge feel like a winner.
Sadly, Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) is still feeling far from celebratory, weeks after the case was settled, taking every opportunity she can to chastise and nag Ridge (Thorsten Kaye) about what he’s stooped to, while also defending Bill (Don Diamont) and his right to be a hands-on father. Her passionate support of Bill gnaws at a frustrated Ridge, especially when Brooke again takes a stand during a family dinner, fed up with him blatantly suggesting that Katie (Heather Tom) and Thorne (Ingo Rademacher) should take Will (Finnegan George) with them on their overseas honeymoon. Of course, Bill needs to be consulted regarding the boy leaving the country, as per the custody agreement. Furious at hearing Brooke allude to Bill’s position not being entirely his fault, Ridge drags his wife into the kitchen, haranguing her to stop defending the man!
Outraged that he and Thorne are rejoicing in Bill losing his son, Brooke snarls back that Ridge dug Bill’s grave but there’s no need for him to dance on it! He’s acting like a schoolyard bully! Furthermore, Bill could’ve pressed charges against him for pushing him off the balcony, so he should be treading carefully around his nemesis...
Playing nice with Ridge isn’t in Bill’s nature, though, especially now he suspects that he may have turned Judge McMullen (Joe Lando) in his dealings with the case. Desperate for proof of the intervention, Bill is impatient with Justin’s (Aaron D. Spears) investigation into the matter, warning his right-hand man that while he honoured his pledge to become a changed man when he opted not to charge Ridge with
attempted murder, things will be very different if he nds out he messed with the custody suit! That’s exactly what begins to unfold later that day when Justin confirms he’s been identified as the person who’s been having covert meetings with the judge! Relaying the news back to Brooke, Bill bluntly demands to know if she’s aware of what happened. Anxious that Bill’s closing in on her husband, Brooke nervously sidesteps his request for the truth and rushes home to Ridge, determined that the details stay buried... to keep him from ending up in prison!
Like a dog with a bone, Bill won’t give up his quest to extract the dirt, rmly believing that Brooke holds the key to unmasking and bringing down Ridge! Hassling his ex-wife for answers, Bill succeeds into promoting more arguments between the Forrester couple, assured that Brooke’s loyalty to him will eventually win out over her bond with Ridge. Scandalous secrets always weigh heavily on Brooke’s conscience, and if he keeps prodding long enough Bill’s certain he’ll wear her down. Sure enough, Brooke’s suffering mental torture over her husband’s corrupt meddling and, when he orders her to reveal exactly what happened between him and the arbitrator, Brooke loses control and turns to Ridge, blurting out, “Bill’s on to you!”
Dreading the ramifications of Bill nding proof, Ridge accuses his wife of telling Bill about his relationship with the judge – but when she denies it, an edgy Ridge almost loses it as his frayed nerves threaten to fail him in the middle of the Intimates fashion show!
Meanwhile, Brooke attempts damage control with Bill, however her passionate pleas only motivate him to keep digging, certain she and “Forrester” are keeping secrets from him... Employing computer whiz Ken (Danny Woodburn) to probe deeper into the mystery, Bill is elated when the little hacker hits paydirt by accessing the judge’s phone! Putting a plan of exposure in motion, Bill lures a skittish Ridge, Brooke, Katie, Thorne and Judge McMullen to Spencer Publications, where he horrifies them with a recorded conversation proving Ridge and the judge were in cahoots!
Bill provokes Ridge, who refuses to accept that his foe is genuine in wanting to be a better man and a better father. He’s nothing but a manipulative fake who’s playing games so he can get the one thing he truly wants: and that’s Brooke!
Torn over Ridge’s anger and Bill’s scheming ways, Brooke pleads with her ex for mercy, begging him not to press charges that will jail Ridge. If Bill loves her, he’ll do this one thing for her! TVS
“Bill plays the recorded conversation that proves Ridge and the judge were in cahoots!”
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