In Flo's new bedroom, Shauna urged Flo to allow herself to enjoy the good things happening in her life, including her new chance with Wyatt. Flo felt that she was deceiving everyone she cared about, including Wyatt. Shauna didn't want to argue on their first night in the mansion. She felt that she and Flo deserved "this."
Flo replied that Hope and Liam deserved to know that their child was alive, but Flo's bad choices could ruin her life and Hope's. Shauna stated that Flo wasn't responsible for Hope's marriage; all couples had problems, according to her. Flo said Liam and Hope could work through them if Thomas wasn't moving in on Hope. "Who?" Shauna replied.
Flo explained Thomas' situation with Douglas and that Hope had been helping and spending a lot of time with them while Liam had been in Paris. Shauna asked if something had happened between Hope and Thomas. It was starting to sound to Shauna like Hope's bad judgment was in play, not Flo's.
Flo conveyed that Hope loved Liam but was vulnerable. Flo believed that if the couple broke up, neither of them would fully heal, and they wouldn't have another child together. Flo explained Thomas' agenda for Steffy to have Liam and for Thomas to have Hope, so that Hope would be Douglas' mother.
Shauna asked if Flo was supposed to be responsible for everything that happened to Hope and whatever bad luck befell her. Flo replied that it wasn't bad luck; it was a lie, and it was poisoning her and Hope's lives. Flo blamed herself for it and asserted that none of it would be happening if Liam and Hope knew the truth about their daughter.
In the evening at Forrester, Sally was surprised when Wyatt's frame filled the doorway to the design office. He noted that she was working late, and she replied that it wasn't as if she had anyone to go home to. He grimaced, and she apologized for making him feel bad when she was the one who'd moved out.
Sally had never wanted to hide things from Wyatt. Noting that she saw Flo around the office, Sally said she'd started to wonder how badly she'd blown it. Claiming that he didn't want to hide anything from Sally, Wyatt revealed that he and Flo had agreed to see each other.
Wyatt stated that he wasn't saying it to be cruel. The emotional Sally understood that he was being transparent. He told her that he hadn't forgotten what they'd had, and he still cared about her a lot. Sally cared about Wyatt as much as she ever had, but she was hearing that he felt he needed to revisit his love affair with Flo. Sally said there was only one way to find out if Flo was the only woman for him, as Quinn believed.
Wyatt claimed not to be jumping into anything, adding, "One date, and -- " Sally interrupted him. She didn't want the details. In her mind, actions had consequences, and she'd been the one to hurt him. He replied that it wasn't payback.
Sally knew and reminded Wyatt that she'd been the one to give him space. She wanted him to know that her feelings hadn't changed for him one bit. Sally kissed Wyatt.
In Douglas' room, Douglas was asleep, and Thomas was grateful that Hope had calmed his son down the way Caroline would have. Hope said that it was just like Caroline's letter had said. Being there with Douglas made Hope think of what it could have been like with Beth.
Later, Hope had gone, and Thomas flashed back on forging a letter from Caroline. He recalled Hope's reaction to reading the fake letter. Douglas awakened and apologized for getting scared earlier. Thomas assured Douglas that it was okay, and he was there. "Hope?" Douglas asked. Thomas answered that Hope had had to go to bed, too.
Douglas asked if Hope had meant it when she'd said she'd always be there with them. Thomas asked if it was what Douglas wanted. Douglas nodded. Thomas asked if Douglas loved Hope "that much." Douglas nodded. Thomas replied that he'd make sure that Hope was always there for Douglas.
In Brooke's cabin, Liam was there when Hope arrived. She said she'd been up at the main house. Liam asked if it was a good idea to be around Thomas while he was professing love for her and trying to turn her into his child's mother. Hope revealed that she was beginning to think that there were greater forces at work in their lives.
Liam asked what that meant. Hope replied that Thomas was right, and Douglas needed her. Liam asked what she was saying and if Thomas had done anything. Hope replied that it was all her. Liam tried to say Douglas was just a kid, but Hope cut him off, telling him that she'd been able to comfort Douglas when Thomas hadn't been. She said she'd stayed with Douglas until he'd fallen asleep.
For Hope, it had felt really good to be able to soothe Douglas. She knew she would have done the same thing with Beth. Nothing would replace Beth, but Douglas was a child in need. Liam touched Hope's shoulders, and she tensed. "All right..." he said, dropping his hands. Liam felt bad for Douglas, too, but it didn't mean that they had to "let Thomas -- "
Hope yelled that it wasn't about Thomas. Liam was the only man Hope had ever wanted. She claimed to love him more than anything, but she believed that "this" was bigger than them. She didn't know who they were if they put their needs before the children. Liam exclaimed that the kids were fine, and though the situation wasn't ideal, it wasn't wrong, either.
Hope said the kids deserved the absolute best lives that the adults could give them. Liam replied that it wasn't an "either/or" situation, and they didn't have to sacrifice their marriage. Hope and Liam had taken vows, and he didn't feel comfortable walking away from them. He explained that they hadn't said "I do until someone needs us more." Liam didn't want to believe that Hope was comfortable walking away, either.
Liam insisted that Thomas was putting stuff in Hope's head, but she didn't have to throw away their marriage to do right by the kids. Hope denied that Thomas was doing that. She said she'd tried, and Liam had been understanding. He stated that it was because he loved her. Hope loved Liam, too, but she said it was time to put the children first.
Hope knew that Liam had feelings for Steffy and said he and Steffy could be like the photo in Steffy's living room. Hope said she'd be okay. She clearly saw what she needed to do. She'd known it all along, but Liam's love had stopped her. Sobbing, Hope said she had to give the children the future they deserved. "I have to end our marriage, and I have to let you go," Hope stated.
Liam didn't want to let Hope do it. Hope claimed that no one had made her happier in her life, but she'd lost something the night they'd lost Beth. She couldn't get it back. Knowing that she could give Douglas and the girls everything she'd wanted for Beth took away the pain. She refused to deny Liam the chance to be a full-time father. "I can't give you that. ...the family we imagined, it's gone," Hope concluded.
Hope had discovered another way that she could be a mother. She knew that it wasn't what Liam wanted, but she felt that they had to do what was best for "our" families. Liam replied that Hope didn't know the future or how she'd feel in six months or five years. Hope claimed that she'd felt a change, and she'd fallen in love.
Liam became crestfallen, but Hope said she meant with Douglas. She'd finally found a way past her grief and a way to have meaning and purpose in her life. She asked Liam not to fight her on it because her mind was made up. Liam didn't want to cause Hope any pain or see her suffer. She asked him to do "this" for her. She asked him to go to the girls and let her go to Douglas.
Parting ways didn't feel right to Liam, but he saw that it was killing Hope. She said he wouldn't put her through it. "But it can't end like this. I'll give you what you want, but it can't end like this," he decided. Hope sobbed. Liam said that after all they'd been through, he just wanted one night to be normal. He wanted to watch a movie, have dinner, and find closure. Hope nodded. He thought they owed it to themselves and asked if she'd do it. Hope nodded.
Hope said she'd loved Liam more than she'd loved anyone in her life. Their marriage had been her greatest joy, and she'd dreamed of it for a long time. She sobbed that everything would be so different if they hadn't lost Beth. Liam hugged Hope as she kept saying how sorry she was.