The picture starts off with Amber in her wedding dress. She pulls out a picture of her and Eric when they were a family with the baby. Darla comes in all excited and Amber asks her to get C.J. for her because she needs to see him and Little Eric before the ceremony. Darla runs off to get Amber's bouquet leaving an unsure Amber alone.
Next we see C.J., Clarke, Sally and Conner. Sally leaves to go check on C.J.'s best man, Little Eric. C.J. thanks Conner for giving his son a family. Conner tells him that he only got him custody, he and Amber are the ones giving Little Eric a family. He promised C.J. that no one will ever come between them again and wishes him good luck!
Amber is saying there is nothing to be nervous about because C.J. loves her. Darla agrees and tells her all she has to do is walk down the aisle. Stephanie and Eric enter the room to talk to Amber. Darla tells them they shouldn't be here. Stephanie tells Amber its all right to do the right thing for the baby but this isn't the way to do it. Eric told her she would be making the biggest mistake of her life. Darla tells her not to listen to them. They let her know that Rick is working on something but he needs a little time. They tell Amber that they love her and it's not to late for her to walk out now.
Sally and Clarke enter and ask them what they hope to accomplish by breaking in like this. She asks them to beat it before she calls the cops and have them arrested for harassment. Stephanie tells Amber she is trying to keep her from making a mistake. Sally says Amber doesn't need advice from her or any help. She lets Stephanie know that Amber chose to marry C.J. making her a part of their family now. Stephanie pleads with Amber to wait until she hears from Rick. Sally tells them to tell Rick that if he knows what good for him he won't come near this place.
Rick is with Little Eric's biological father and tells him once the papers come and he signs away custody and Rick gets Little Eric, he will get his money.
Cut to the church scene with C.J. coming out with Little Eric in his arms. Darla walks down the aisle and everyone is looking on smiling (how cute). The bridal march starts and everyone stands. Amber walks out in her long white wedding dress and veil. She is looking back towards the door at Stephanie and Eric.
Amber walks down the aisle and the minister starts the ceremony. Amber doesn't look happy. Jonathan calls Rick and tells him that the papers will not be there until tomorrow. Rick says tomorrow is too late because Amber will be married by then. Deacon tells Rick if he wants to stop the wedding they have to do it on their own.
Stephanie gets Eric's phone and calls Rick and tells him he better get over there and tells her about the baby pronto. Rick tells Deacon that they have to go. Deacon wants his money but Rick says he will get nothing until he signs the custody papers. He asks Rick to give him a check for 100K and he will guarantee the wedding will be stopped. Rick gives him the check.
C.J. recites his vows while Rick and Deacon are on their way to the chapel. Amber starts to recite her vows but C.J. stops her so that he can add some non-traditional vows in the mix (plus give Rick time to get to the chapel). He tells her how difficult this year has been but standing here today he knows in his heart everything was worth it. She made him believe in love when he thought he would never love again. How happy she has made him and gave him his life back and so now he is giving her everything he has and everything he is for the rest of his life.
Amber starts reciting her vows and is almost to the end when Rick bursts into the chapel and stops the wedding. That was such a surprise.
The show opened at the church where Amber and C.J. were to wed. Amber
admonished Rick for breaking up her wedding ceremony and insisted that he
leave immediately. Rick told Amber that C.J. was going to lose custody of
the baby and that she didn't have to go through with the marriage. The
Spectra-Garrisons tried to throw Rick and the rest of the Forresters out but
they would hear nothing of it. Rick asked Amber if she would be marrying
C.J. if he didn't have custody of Little Eric. Amber evaded the question and
continued to insist that Rick leave the church. C.J. proceeded to tell Rick
that he and the rest of his family were no longer allowed visitation to
Little Eric due to their lack of respect for C.J. and Amber's relationship.
Deacon showed himself and shocked everyone (except the Forresters) with the
news that he was Little Eric's natural father. C.J. and his parents refused
to believe Deacon's claim but Amber trembled with fear over what she felt to
be true. She lunged at Deacon and called him names for how he hurt Becky.
Deacon tried to say that Becky led him on and told him that she was on the
pill and that he had no idea that he had a son. Deacon said that he was here
to stake claim to his son and asked that the Spectra-Garrison's hand him
over. Amber sobbed and looked at Rick with disgust as she asked him why he
would do this. C.J. tried to say that he had legal custody of the baby but
at Stephanie's prompting, Connor was forced to step in and admit that if
Deacon was who he said he was, then he, as the baby's natural father, had
custodial rights that superseded all others. Amber cried out in horror as
C.J. stood there speechless.
Meanwhile, over at Forrester Creations, Bridget is in her mom's office and
the two discuss Amber and C.J.'s wedding. Brooke said that it was for the
best and that Rick needs to move on with his life. Bridget explains to her
mother that as much as she doesn't like Amber, Rick loves her and wants her
and the baby back. Brooke refused to believe that Rick was truly in love
with Amber, citing that he more than likely just didn't want to lose little
Eric. Brooke said that it wasn't like Rick would or could do anything to
stop Amber and C.J.'s wedding. The look on Bridget's face made Brooke
question her statement but Bridget admitted nothing. The topic turned to
Bridget's concern for her mother's social life, or lack there of, since
breaking up with Thorne. Brooke told her Bridget that she was not lonely and
that she enjoyed spending time at home with her. Mother and daughter
After Bridget left, Brooke sat at her desk and looked at a picture of her and
the kids. Just then Thorne walked in. He said he was there to pick up
something for the photo shoot and that he couldn't resist stopping by to see
Brooke. Brooke asked Thorne if Kimberly was in the photo shoot, to which
Thorne replied yes. Thorne reiterated that nothing was going on between him
and Kimberly and that the night he slept with her meant nothing. Brooke
asked him how he could be so unfeeling about having sex with a woman. Thorne
reminded Brooke that he still couldn't even remember the night and that when
he thinks about how he had sex with Kimberly it makes him sick. Brooke said
she found it hard to believe that sex with a beautiful young woman like
Kimberly could make him sick. Thorne was hurt and angry that Brooke could
degrade him like that with such a sarcastic statement. Brooke apologized but
told Thorne that she could never get over the fact that he slept with another
The show opened at the church with Sally asking Connor if he was certain
that Deacon Sharpe had legal claim to Little Eric. Connor reiterated
that if Deacon is indeed the baby's natural father, then he would have
custodial rights that supersede those of C.J.'s. Amber took Little Eric
and left the chapel, stating that no one was going to take her son away
from her. Rick chased after her, leaving C.J. and his family to do
battle with Deacon and the Forresters. Shortly thereafter C.J. also
left the chapel to go find Amber. Sally questioned why Deacon would
align himself with the Forresters but Deacon kept quiet. The minister
stated that he wouldn't be able to perform this wedding today under
these circumstances and he instructed the Spectra-Garrison's to inform
Meanwhile, Amber asked Rick how he could bring this despicable man into
their lives. She asked Rick if he hated C.J. so much that he would
forsake an innocent child in order to prevent C.J. from having him.
Rick explained to Amber that he made a deal with Deacon to relinquish
all his custodial rights to Little Eric and turn them over to Rick.
Rick told Amber that he knew she was only marrying C.J. because he had
custody of the baby and that he wanted to find a way to prevent her from
having to make that decision. Rick went on further to say that he
couldn't accept the fact that he was losing Amber and the baby and
that's why he had to go to such great lengths to keep that from
happening. Amber was speechless but she no longer appeared upset, nor
did she deny Rick's claim about marrying C.J. so that she could share
in the parenting of Little Eric.
C.J. burst into to the bride's room where Rick, Amber and the baby
were. He demanded that Rick get away from Amber. The two men exchanged
insults while Amber told them to stop yelling in front of the baby.
Just then Darla came in and told them that the wedding was put off.
C.J. was furious with Rick for ruining his wedding and the two men
started to fight. Amber asked Darla to take the baby home and she and
C.J. would meet them there later. C.J. wanted Amber to go but she said
she wouldn't leave for fear that C.J. and Rick would end up killing each
other. C.J. told Rick that he didn't know what Rick was trying to pull,
but that he and Amber were still going to marry and would fight Deacon
for custody of Little Eric and make certain that Rick would never see
the child again. Rick told C.J. not to get overly confident but would
not share with C.J. his reasoning behind the comment. Amber kept mum as
well, and then she and C.J. walked out on Rick. Before leaving, Amber
and Rick exchanged knowing glances.
Over at Forrester, Brooke and Thorne continued to discuss his
involvement with Kimberly. Thorne wished there was some way that Brooke
could forgive him for the mistake he made with Kimberly. Brooke told
Thorne that he should go as there was no point discussing this matter
any further. Thorne went back to his office and found Kimberly there in
a teddy with the pretense of primping for her photo shoot. Thorne
kindly asked Kimberly to go primp else where. The two get in a
discussion with Kimberly telling Thorne that he needs to lighten up and
let go of his all work and no play attitude. She asked him to have
dinner with her that evening. Thorne firmly told Kimberly that he had
work to do and that her seductive behavior wasn't going to get her any
where with him. Brooke was standing outside Thorne's door and heard the
entire exchange. After Thorne left, Brooke came in and chastised
Kimberly for behaving like a shameless hussy. Kimberly said that those
were ironic words coming from the likes of Brooke. Brooke told Kimberly
that it was pretty obvious that Thorne was not interested in her. Just
then the phone rang. Kimberly answered and it was Thorne telling her
that they needed to get together to discuss some details for tomorrow's
photo shoot. Kimberly told Thorne that she needed to put him on speaker
because she was putting on her makeup. Thorne proceeded to ask Kimberly
if she was still free for dinner and said that he would pick her up at
Forrester. Kimberly smugly told Brooke that she was apparently wrong
about Thorne's lack of interest in her. Kimberly waltzed out of the
office, leaving Brooke with tears in her eyes.
In an effort to determine if Deacon is really Eric's biological father, Sally called Becky's parents. Becky's father confirmed that Deacon is Eric's father and advised her that Deacon is bad news. Sally and C.J. paid Deacon a visit at the Lair, the bar that Deacon manages. Deacon wasn't receptive to their visit and told them to leave. Sally did manage to figure out that the Forresters offered Deacon money for custody of Eric. Sally tried to strike a deal with Deacon by promising to offer him more money than the Forresters did.
Rick told Stephanie and Eric that he had already paid Deacon the money even though the legal papers weren't ready for signing because it was the only way he was able to stop Amber's wedding to C.J.. Rick said he's now sure that Amber wants to be with him. He told Stephanie and Eric he could tell by the expression on her face when she left the room with C.J. after he had stopped the wedding. Eric was very concerned that Rick made a mistake by paying Deacon the money before he had signed to give up his parental rights to Eric.
Rick went to visit Amber who was alone with Eric at Sally's. Amber told Rick that she was surprised that he had gone through so much trouble just to stop her wedding to C.J.. Rick told her she is the only woman he'll ever love.
Amber and Rick were alone talking at Sally's house while Little Eric napped. Amber couldn't believe that Rick went to such
great lengths for her and the baby. Rick assured Amber that no price was too
high to pay to get her and Little Eric back in his life. Amber asked Rick
how exactly he got Deacon to agree to sign over custody. Rick explained that
he made Deacon an offer he couldn't refuse. Amber deduced that Rick had to
pay in order to get Deacon to relinquish custodial rights and she wanted to
know how much. Rick assured Amber that how much didn't matter, as he was
willing to do whatever necessary.
Over at the Forrester Estate, Stephanie filled Taylor in on the situation.
Taylor sympathized but was skeptical about the Forresters putting their trust
in Deacon. Stephanie told Taylor that they had no choice but to enlist
Deacon's help, otherwise, Amber would have gone through with the marriage to
C.J. Taylor questioned whether or not Stephanie felt that Amber was only
marrying C.J. because of the baby. Stephanie confirmed that she believed that
to be the case. The two waited patiently for Jonathan to call and announce
that the custody papers were ready.
At the Lair, Sally told Deacon that whatever the Forresters offered for the
baby, she would be willing to double. Deacon believed that she was merely
blowing smoke and informed her that she was out of her league. Sally said
that she was a successful business woman and that she could have the cash
ready with a single phone call. When Deacon informed Sally that double the
Forresters' offer would be $200,000.00, C.J. was shocked and disgusted. Sally
agreed to it but Deacon continued to string her along. When Sally pressed
him, he sternly reminded her that he was in the drivers seat. C.J. spoke up
and made the declaration that his mother was willing to give up almost
everything she had for this child and that Deacon should take her seriously.
When Deacon heard that this was all Sally had, he said he was going to pass
on her offer.
Again, Amber asked Rick why he would do all this for her, he insisted that he
loved her and wanted her to be his wife again. Amber was skeptical, as they
were once married, and he wasn't happy having her as his wife then. Rick
assured Amber that he was certain of his feelings now and that he knew she
felt the same way. Amber expressed concern over C.J.'s feelings but Rick
told Amber that she could never feel for C.J. what she feels for him. They
two were just about to kiss when Rick's phone rang and Jonathan told him that
the papers were ready. Amber gave Rick a tender hug and he promised that
this would all be over soon and they would be together as a family again.
Jonathan, Rick and Stephanie went to the Lair to settle the deal with Deacon.
C.J. and Sally watched from a distance as Deacon prepared to sign the
papers. After seeing Sally and C.J. shake their heads "no," Deacon refused
to sign the papers until the Forresters agreed to give him $200,000.00.
Jonathan and Rick were outraged but Stephanie offered to write Deacon a check
for an additional $100,000.00. With all eyes focused on him, Deacon picked
up the pen to sign the documents.