At Brooke's house, Thomas played checkers with the sullen Douglas. The child didn't really want to play the game. Thomas guessed that Douglas probably wanted to visit someone. Douglas nodded, grinning. Thomas assumed that Douglas missed Hope and wanted to see her. The boy nodded. "Well, let's go see her," Thomas decided and added that he missed Hope, too.
At the cabin, Liam concluded a call with Steffy and the girls. Hope asked if anyone was getting homesick. He said that the girls were fine as long as they were with Steffy. Hope believed that Liam should be with them, too, and urged him to get on a plane to visit his family.
Liam stated that Steffy and the children wouldn't be in Europe forever. Hope could see how much he missed them, and she again suggested that he go. Liam said it would be a great trip if it was a good time for him and Hope to get away. Though Hope claimed to miss the girls, she felt that the girls needed him. He conveyed that his place was with Hope.
Checking his phone, Liam announced that at that moment, he actually had somewhere to be. He also had a surprise for later that didn't involve jet lag, and he didn't think Hope would be disappointed. Hope stated that he could never disappoint her. Liam wanted her to know that it went both ways, and he wasn't with her because she "needed" him to be. He was there because he belonged there, and the life he wanted was the life he had with her.
Later, Hope was alone when Douglas and Thomas arrived. Douglas handed Hope a flower he'd picked on the way to the cabin, and Thomas hoped that Brooke wouldn't mind. Hope said her mother had plenty of flowers and knew that fresh ones cheered Hope up. Thomas responded that seeing Hope cheered him and Douglas up, and everything was better with Hope.
Hope told Douglas, who had a special place in her heart, that he brought her the coolest gifts. Douglas replied that his father had known she'd like the flower. Thomas bet that Hope would like one of the rocks by the tree outside. Hope indicated that she liked the sparkly ones, and Douglas rushed out the front door to start his hunt.
After Douglas had gone, Thomas said that the flower had really been Douglas' idea. Hope claimed that she knew and said Douglas had told her that his mother had liked to take gifts to the people she visited. Thomas remarked that if Douglas dreamed about Caroline, he'd awaken and look around his room to see if she'd left anything.
Thomas conveyed that Douglas' dreams about Caroline no longer upset Douglas because Hope had shared how happy her dreams about Beth made her. Thomas couldn't thank Hope enough for how good she was with his son. He felt that she was exactly what the child needed. Hope replied that, on some level, the boy was exactly what she needed, too.
Hope decided that she didn't want to dump her issues on Thomas. Thomas told her that she could talk to him about anything. Hope said she kept expecting the hole in her heart to get smaller, but it wasn't. She missed Beth, and holding Phoebe had been a respite from her grief.
Hope revealed that she felt guilty for keeping Liam from being a father to Phoebe and Kelly. Though Phoebe wasn't Liam's child, she needed a father, too, and it was why Hope had told Liam to be with Steffy and the children. Hope stated that Liam had assured her that his place was with her, but she still felt guilty. She asked Thomas if that was crazy.
Thomas didn't think it was crazy. In fact, he thought Hope was right. Hope asked if he agreed that Liam should be with Steffy. Thomas said he didn't want to seem as if he were insensitive or out to defend his sister. He conveyed that he remembered the plans that Steffy and Liam had made when Steffy had been pregnant and how excited the couple had been.
Thomas didn't know if he should be telling Hope those things. Hope urged him to be honest with her. He believed that the girls would have a great life with Steffy, but fractured families took their toll. He hadn't wanted that for Douglas. That was why he and Caroline hadn't been a couple, but they'd been a team.
Thomas assumed it was what Hope wanted to happen for Steffy's girls. Hope zealously affirmed it. He didn't think it was selfish of Hope at all. He said she was generous with her time and her heart. He'd seen it in how she'd been there for Douglas and for him.
Thomas remarked that Hope had been through a lot. Hope warned him not to tell her to focus on herself more. He replied that she wasn't the type to do that. Instead, she focused on others. He cited HFTF as an example of that, and he wanted to talk to her about the line. He'd put together some sketches. Hope said she'd love to see them.
Thomas figured that she'd been easing back into work. Hope replied that she'd been crazy to try to jump back in. To him, what mattered was that she was trying. He wanted to see her happy and fulfilled. He also wanted that for himself and figured that they could help each other.
Hope stated that she had some ideas, and though she wasn't back full-time, she appreciated him thinking of her. "I'm always thinking of you, Hope," Thomas responded. He asked how he could "not" after all she'd done for Douglas.
Douglas returned to the house in a sad mood. He said he'd been remembering when he'd thought he'd seen his mother in the garden. Thomas was sorry that it had made the boy sad. Douglas said that his mother was in heaven. Thomas conveyed that Caroline was looking down and watching over Douglas. Thomas knew that it wasn't the same and said that maybe there would be another woman in their lives someday who could look after Douglas.
"Like Hope?" Douglas asked. "Yeah, like Hope," Thomas replied and handed the child to Hope.
At Wyatt's house, Sally wondered how long she'd been gone. She couldn't believe what had gone on while she'd been away. She was amazed that Wyatt had helped Flo find her birth family and that it had led to Hope and Flo being cousins.
Thinking of Hope made Wyatt become awkwardly silent. Sally asked why he was gloomy. Wyatt expressed concern for Hope and Liam's marriage. He said that Liam wanted to meet and talk, and Wyatt was worried that Hope and Liam's marriage was in trouble.
Sally remarked that Hope and Liam were going through a hard time, but she believed that they were committed to each other. Wyatt said he wasn't questioning the couple's commitment. He just sensed that Hope was stuck, and he wondered if it was beginning to take a toll on the marriage.
Later, Liam had arrived, and Sally and Wyatt were discussing the events that had led to Hope finding her cousin. It was wild to Sally that Flo was Phoebe's birth mother, and Sally asked how Liam and Hope were handling it. Liam said they were handling it as well as anything else.
Sally offered to let Wyatt and Liam talk alone, but Liam asked her to stay. He felt that he could use a woman's perspective. Liam confided in Wyatt and Sally that he was worried about his marriage. He understood that it took time to work through grief, but he felt that the coping methods he was trying to help Hope employ weren't working. Instead of things improving, he felt as if they were kind of getting worse, and the wall between them was getting higher and higher.
Sally gleaned that Liam didn't believe he was getting through to Hope. Liam explained that he and Hope weren't together on any level, not emotionally or physically. Sally took that to mean that "you guys aren't..." Affirming it, Liam said that he and Hope hadn't since Beth had died. Liam was trying to be supportive and not push. He didn't know what to do and didn't want it to become another thing between them.
Liam couldn't believe he was even talking to Sally and Wyatt about it. Sally said that he was giving Hope the space she deserved. Wyatt suggested that Hope still needed time. Liam said he was trying to give her that. He wanted to give her space but not pull back too much.
Wyatt noted that Hope and Liam were at least communicating. Liam agreed that they were, but to him, it was like they were just filling the space between them. Wyatt suggested that what they needed was a break. Liam stated that Hope needed one, and he mentioned the break Steffy had taken by traveling to Europe with the girls. He said Steffy had thought Hope had been getting too attached and might be able to move forward with the girls out of the picture.
Sally asked how Liam felt about it and if he missed his daughter. Liam did miss Kelly. Sally asked if he'd thought about seeing the child. Liam replied that he needed to be with Hope. Sally asked if Hope didn't want him to go. Chuckling, he said Hope wanted him to. Sally didn't know what was stopping him and said they were his family, too.
Liam didn't think he could just hop on a plane and said Hope needed him. Sally asked if Hope had said that. Liam repeated that Hope wanted him to go, but he didn't think it was what she needed. Sally replied that Hope knew herself pretty well. "But I love Hope, and I'm committed to her," Liam stated. Sally said he also had a commitment to Steffy, the mother of his child.
Liam responded that he loved Steffy, too, and always would. He was trying to do the right thing, but he didn't know what it was. He wanted Hope to get better, and he wanted to see his girls. He knew that Phoebe wasn't his, but he missed her and had instantly connected to her. When he'd first held her, he had wanted to claim her as his own.
Liam guessed that he felt like a father to both girls, but his problem was that, no matter what he did, he was letting someone down. Wyatt said he hadn't had any idea Liam was struggling like that. Sally noted that Hope saw it, and it was why she'd told him to go. Liam had heard the stories of what something like that could do to a couple, but he was determined to fight it and not give up.
• Liam plans a romantic evening for Hope.