At the Forrester mansion, Ridge tells Thomas, “Brooke wouldn’t do that!” Thomas reminds her that they both heard the recording – there was no doubt it was her. He wearily says that the only explanation is that Brooke always hated him. Ridge denies that this is true. Thomas maintains it’s true – she’s trying to take her son away from him for cutting an apple with a knife. Ridge blurts out, “She said she didn’t call!” She said! She wouldn’t lie to me about it. He’s going to ask her face to face. Thomas recaps that Brooke said his name on the recording, then lied to him when he asked her about it. Ridge warns him not to say a word and insists that he must give him a chance to tell the truth. “I’m going to go and see my wife.”
After: Overview and recaps of soap news
At home, Brooke texts Ridge to find out when he’s coming home. Hope kicks in. She just talked to Liam and asks, “What the hell about Douglas and the CPS?!?” Brooke assures Hope that he is fine. Hope then asks her mother to enlighten her, as she does not understand why the CPS was called on Thomas. Brooke doesn’t know why but it really worries her. Someone felt strong enough to call and complain. She thinks Hope could use this to bring Douglas in her place. Hope is offended on Thomas’s behalf – she can’t imagine what it must be like for these people to show up and question your parenting. Brooke squints, “So maybe he shouldn’t have used a knife around his son.” Levels of Hope, “Oh Mom!” Brooke doubles. What will happen if Douglas runs around and falls on the knife? Hope insists that Thomas is careful. Brooke feels her daughter is being manipulated by Thomas again now that she is spending so much time with him. Hope fumes that she’s not naive – if she’s standing up for Thomas, it’s because he deserves it. As for her spending time there, if her son is with Thomas, that’s where she will be. Brooke wonders if this is really a good idea. Hope tells her that she looks like Liam.
Hope receives a call from a man named Edgar who she is collaborating with and tells him that she will have the lead designer, Thomas, contact her. After disconnecting, Hope urges her mother to speak her mind because she has a “look” on her face. Brooke thinks listening to it earlier made her realize how much her life is tied to Thomas’s. He worked his way into his work and family life. Hope wonders if she’s suggesting she’s unaware of how their relationship works? “I wish you would give me a little more credit than that.” She knows the good and the bad sides of Thomas and for a long time she only sees the good side. Brooke reminds her daughter that he used Douglas in the past to manipulate her. Hope insists that’s not what he’s doing now. Thomas is finally on the right track and didn’t deserve what happened with CPS. Brooke’s phone rings. She hoped it was Ridge, but it wasn’t. Hope heads to the office to have a chat with Thomas and walks out.
After: See Katherine Kelly Lang’s granddaughter take after her
At the cliff house, Steffy wants Taylor back with Ridge and complains that Brooke doesn’t deserve the consideration she gives him. Taylor argues that you don’t treat people as badly as they are, you treat them as well as you are…when she comes back from Aspen, she wants to leave Ridge altogether.
After: Yellowstone’s Kelly Reilly says a “beautiful goodbye”
After Steffy makes all the arrangements for the kids, Taylor figures out she thought she would move to Ridge, but he’s married to Brooke. “It’s high time for me to move on.” Steffy suggests she could stay in town and fight for her father, but Taylor hasn’t returned to LA to steal Brooke’s husband. “I have to love myself more than the possibility of a future with your father.” Steffy just doesn’t want her to close doors – Brooke will screw up and then he’ll realize he belongs to her! She urges her mother not to close her heart, but Taylor argues that she needs to close it a bit. Taylor needs to get away from him a bit and find out where she’s going.
On the jet, Taylor looks forward to a change of scenery without Ridge reminders. Steffy reminds him how happy they were the last time they were on the jet on the way home from Monaco. They recap that Finn is back with his family and loves Steffy so much. Steffy talks about the miracle kiss in Monaco. “Know he loves you and don’t give up.”
After: Look! Taylor and Steffy in Aspen
After, Taylor flashes on the kiss with Ridge as Steffy emerges from a doorway. She contacted Finn to see if he wanted to join them. Taylor adores her son-in-law. Steffy goes back to keeping the door open for Ridge. Taylor won’t – this draft is cold and it always comes back to Brooke. If she’s the love of his life and that’s what he wants, she wishes him well.
After: Did [spoiler] call CPS?
Ridge arrives at Brooke’s as she makes dinner reservations. She explains that she wanted him to forget what happened today. “That was crazy, right?” She asks if he learned anything else about the CPS visit. She wonders if Thomas has seen anyone lately. Maybe the caller wanted revenge on him. Ridge complains about interrogating Douglas. Brooke reiterates that whoever it was, he may have just thought he was hurting Thomas. She hopes they weren’t too hard on Douglas. “I certainly don’t know who it is.” Ridge strokes her face and suddenly remembers something he left at the office. He leaves her there speechless.
Outside, Ridge sighs, “It was you.” He blinks when he hears her voice on the recording. “You lied to me. You lied to my face. It was you…it was you.”
After: Devastating twist from Thomas ahead?!?
Next on Love glory and beauty: Thomas marvels at Hope’s ability to always see the best in him, and Ridge contemplates his destiny.
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