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Above: On the cover of the June 26, 2007 issue of Soap Opera Digest.
The BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Ridge was reticent following his ordeal in the Middle East, but at his welcome back party he finally opened up about what he'd experienced in a speech that packed an enormous emotional punch. Thorsten Kaye (Ridge) delivered his lines with a halting and heartfelt sincerity as he briefly described what had happened to him.
"I remember falling and the sound of the helicopter was deafening," he said, eyes averted as if he was staring grimly into his own past. "Then it was dark and cold and quiet for what seemed like a very long time. When I woke up...I couldn't move and I couldn't talk. And ...I was scared."
Though, as viewers, we never actually saw what happened to Ridge between the time he fell into the Persian Gulf and when he was discovered back on the beach, his speech allowed us to visualize the hell he went through. And while the designer is not someone we'd normally describe as having vulnerabilities, it was nice to witness this side of him. His fidgeting hand gestures and hesitant speech gave a realistic touch to a man who was still grappling with an enormity of emotions, but his thoughts began to coalesce into something beautiful when he spoke about returning to the people who loved him, including his young son, R.J. "I can't wait to tell him that no matter how cold and dark and how quiet the world gets, it's going to be okay," he explained., "if you have someone else on the other side to pull you through."
There was not a dry eye in the room as he pulled Katie in for a tight embrace and let her know how much he loved her. He was happy to be home, and with performances like that one, we were equally delighted to have Ridge back.