Bold and Beautiful Recap: Brooke and Ridge Kiss at Eric's Christmas Party

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The Forrester mansion is all decked out as guests begin arriving for the annual event. Sure, Sheila is on the loose, but that doesn’t mean the family is going to lock the front door or call security to announce guests. Obviously, Sheila wouldn’t dare interrupt the festivities!

Carter Brooke B&B

Paris and Zende arrive, asking if Ridge has shown up yet. Eric admits that Ridge might not show up, even though he encouraged his son to be there. Brooke also hopes that Ridge won’t stay away simply because of her. Paris says she totally understands Brooke’s stance, and Zende agrees, and I’m like, “Wait, they missed the opportunity to repeat the dialogue about how things went down between Ridge and his women? Merry Christmas to all of us!”

When we cut to the credits, it’s one of those fun things where they play jingle bells over the regular music and anyone who knows me, your guest recap, knows I love that kind of thing. Total sucker for that.

When Hope and Liam arrive, they agree that walking through the front door is “like a warm hug”.

Liam Inn

The kids are all gathered around the tree singing when they spontaneously stop so Paris can embarrass them by singing the final line and stealing the show. Everyone compliments Charlie on his fishing rod – though I’m not sure why he’s walking around the room with it – and he says he and Pammy are going to sneak out for some rest. “Pammy will knit and I will look at her longingly,” he says. (Too much information, man!) The conversation turns to Stephanie, and how she’s never far from her thoughts.

Eric Donna Katie Carter Brooke B&B

Katie and Carter meet under the mistletoe, and she says how happy she is to have someone who will take care of her heart. “A very special, miracle heart,” he smiles, and we know he’s healthy too, thanks to his recent visit to the cardiologist. (Shouldn’t someone have invited Paris’ mom and Katie’s doctor to the party? In the meantime, I’m still leery about the whole doctor visit… this isn’t a show that has random scenes for no reason.)

Eric raises a glass and proposes to wish everyone a happy holiday, playing Tiny Tim saying “God bless us all”. As they walk around the room expressing what they’re grateful for, Zende says he’s grateful that he and Paris got a second (or third) chance. So apparently they’re together now, not that we’ve seen that play out on screen. “When it’s worth it and it’s written in the stars, it always fits,” says Paris before giving her boyfriend a kiss as Carter, who dumped her at the altar, stands a few feet away. But hey, isn’t that weird… that’s how end of year meetings happen at Forrester mansion!

Paris Zende Christmas '22 B&B

Carter says he has a lot to be thankful for, including the forgiveness his family has given him. “You are my chosen family,” he says and, looking at Katie, adds, “I look forward to seeing what tomorrow brings.” For her part, Katie says everyone has received so many miracles, and there are still more to come.

“There’s that Logan pride!” excites Hope, and I can totally hear the haters among you not-so-quietly bitching about the fact that there are more Logans than Forresters present. Silence, it’s Christmas! Hope goes on to say that she is happy that her children have good role models to look up to, especially her husband.

Douglas Hope Beth Liam Inn

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Liam, for his part, encourages everyone to “look for joy. He is there. And luckily, in my case, I don’t have to look far.”

When it’s Brooke’s turn, she shares how fortunate she feels to have her family — especially her children, grandchildren and sisters — to lean on, especially now. And with his usual impeccable timing, Ridge chooses that moment to enter, hands full of gifts. The way he and Brooke look at each other makes me want to remind her about the whole self-esteem trip she’s currently on and that she shouldn’t let Ridge get in the way of that.

Eric is thrilled with the arrival of his son. Ridge admits he’s wearing “a big coat of humility because I thought I knew everything about life and love and communication, but it turns out I know very little.” Eric warns him that he’ll never find out about any of this… except what’s really important. And while family is extremely important, that apparently doesn’t include Thomas, because no one even mentions him. Cold, people. Cold!

Charlie Pam Christmas B&B

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As the others watch from the sidelines, Brooke and Ridge talk, and he admits that he “really wanted to see her face”. Pam tells Eric that “the power of Ridge and Brooke cannot be denied”. She and Charlie run off, a twinkle in their eyes…

Ridge is ready to leave, saying he doesn’t want to take more than his welcome. But Brooke points out that this is his family home and he shouldn’t run out. “I have some work to do on myself,” he admits. “I need to learn to be more direct.” She suggests that now is not the time to discuss this. “I should have believed you,” he sighs. “I believe you! And I know you’ve rejected men right now, especially this man, but it’s Christmas.

At that moment, Charlie and Pam use their new fishing rod to swing mistletoe over Ridge and Brooke, who share a kiss.

Bold and Beautiful Christmas Kiss from Brooke Ridge

The party starts and honestly it feels like a blast and there are some ideas here that I can steal for my own holiday gathering. Christmas Bingo? Swinging for candy canes? And of course, there’s plenty of Eric’s eggnog for everyone! Eric encourages the family – and by extension, all of us – to help those less fortunate, to be better people, and to keep the spirit of Christmas alive in our hearts all year round.

And of course, it wouldn’t be a bold and beautiful Christmas if the guests didn’t gather around the piano to sing a chorus or two from “Deck the Halls.”

B&B with piano Forrester Christmas '22

Until next week, when Sheila will no doubt stir up a little you-know-what and we’ll find out if that kiss between Ridge and Brooke was a holiday slipup or the start of a renewed romance, Happy Holidays from all of us to all of you!

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